The Nunchaku (Japanese: ヌンチャク Hepburn: Nunchaku, often “nunchuks“, “danger sticks“, “Juan-tuo” or “chainsticks” in English) is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope.
It was used by Okinawan nobles, but was not a popular weapon because it was not efficient against the most widely used weapons of that time, and few techniques for its use exist.
The two sections of the weapon are commonly made out of wood, while the link is a cord or a metal chain.
The Nunchaku is most widely used in martial arts such as Okinawan Kobudō and Karate, and makes a good training weapon, since it allows the development of quicker hand movements and improves posture.
Many varieties of Nunchaku are available.
In modern times, Nunchaku (Tabak-Toyok) were popularized by actor and martial artist Bruce Lee and his student, actor and martial arts instructor Dan Inosanto, in their respective movies. Organizations including The North American Nunchaku Association, World Amateur Nunchaku Organization, Fédération Internationale de Nunchaku de Combat et Artistique, World Nunchaku Association, and International Techdo Nunchaku Association teach the use of Nunchaku as a contact sport.
Modern-day Nunchaku can be made from metal, wood, plastic or fibreglass.
Toy and replica versions made of Styrofoam or plastic are also available.
Except for use in professional martial art schools, possession of this weapon is illegal in some countries.
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