Review by Aden: My-Martial-Arts Camouflage nunchuks

At My-Martial-Arts.com we don’t sell any old product!   We only sell great products that have been thoroughly tried and tested by our panel of martial art and fitness fan Reviewers.  Here Aden Gostling, a newbie to nunchuks, gives his views on our camouflage practice nunchuks.

Aden’s review….

Despite having historically practiced martial arts of Japanese and Thai origin, I had not had a chance to use Nunchucks in practice before.

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Aden testing one of our blue camouflage nunchuks

 

I quickly learned that they are a brilliant tool for not only practicing hand-eye coordination but also offer an effective cardiovascular exercise too as I worked through the ‘How to’ videos this website.  The Nunchucks for beginners tutorials from Sensei David were among some of the best for an introduction to how to use them and a get brief summary of their history.

Regarding the nunchuks themselves, the colour and camouflage pattern on the handles were a nice change from the standard black that I’ve mostly seen. Definitely eye-catching when they’re swinging away.

The type of foam used on the Nunchucks meant that the handles stayed dry after continued use and the hexagonal taper on the handles provided a decent amount of grip. The chain and bearings were solidly constructed, so when combined with the high quality foam of the handles they survived many an unexpected impact with my ribs, face and *ahem* other body parts.

Having never used Nunchucks previously, practicing with these gave me an enjoyable introduction to their use. They are a lot of fun but it really does require focus to nail those correct movements to join figure of eights and other rotations in a continuous loop.

I couldn’t put them down, constantly picking them up for a quick practice and have found that they seem to make their way into my hand every free five minutes or so.

My view is that the materials used on these Nunchucks would allow for them to be used by older children, with adult supervision and guidance of course.

About reviewer Aden Gostling

Aden has been interested in martial arts from a young age, growing up inspired by watching classics such as Seven Samurai, Zatoichi and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

After initially studying Shodokan Aikido for several years from the age of 8. He later began practicing Muai Thai Kickboxing and Kai Shin Kai Aikido shortly after. Aden greatly enjoyed sparing in both martial arts, later taking a greater focus on use of both the Bokken and Jo staff in Aikido.

How to throw a shuriken throwing star like a ninja

How to throw a shuriken (ninja star)

Learn the right way to throw a shuriken like a ninja with these videosHow to throw a shuriken throwing star like a ninja

It’s the trade mark weapon on the ninja – the shuriken.

A sharp metal star for throwing at your opponent to injure or at least distract them…. while you either follow up with a swift attack or retreat.

And if you’re up against an armoured samurai then accuracy is critical as you’ll need to hit their face or it will have no effect.

Throwing one straight at your opponent without it spinning in the wrong way

 

My preferred technique for throwing a shuriken

This video demonstrates a very straightforward approach to throwing a shuriken, and it’s the approach I learnt in ninjutsu.  It’s sort of a frisbe-ish style and, to my mind, if you want to be getting it to hit the attacker in the face it’s better to use an upwards than a downwards arm movement.

 

How to hold and throw over-arm a ninja star from Sensei Tim Rosanelli

Here are two videos (above and below) showing a different technique.

This over-arm cross-between a dart-thrower and baseball pitcher looks good for power, but most of the throws are going downwards.  I suspect you’re going to have to be super good to use this technique to consistently throw at face height accurately.  What do you think?  Let us know in the comments box below.

 

How to throw a single pointed bo shuriken

 

Can you use beer mats and playing cards as shurikens

So in the UK a shuriken will count as an offensive weapon if you carry it around, so they’re only for practicing at home.  What to do if you are out one evening and you need to defend yourself but only have some playing cards or beer mats.   Learn this technique to turn them into improv shuriken (and to really impress your mates).

 

Getting to grips with the Sai

Raphael’s favourite weapon, the Sai, should be your’s too

The Sai, the intimidating blocking, trapping and stabbing weapon is synonymous with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael, although other notable movie appearances include Neo using it to dispatch the Merovingian’s henchmen in Matrix Reload and also less-than-historically-accurately in ancient Egypt in The Mummy Returns.

Not some crude slashing and stabbing weapon, the Sai is a sophisticated weapon.  Want to know more about it?  Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the Sai.

Here are five great tutorials so you can master your first moves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Lee with nunchuku from movies

The best nunchuku tutorials for beginners

Why you should master the nunchuks

The nunchuks (or nunchuku if you prefer) are great for improving dexterity and coordination.  I like including them in my martial arts training warm up and cool-down.

But for me, it’s all about emulating the coolness of Bruce Lee… who wouldn’t like to defeat whole schools of baddies by twirling them at lightening speed and hitting with laser accuracy?  Just click below to see him in awesome action:

Bruce Lee with nunchuku from movies

Or maybe you’re a childhood Ninja Turtle fan and you’re inspired by Michelangelo, that other well-known nunchuk exponent:

The Nunchuks are a simple weapon but mastering them takes time and practice… Buy high quality Nunchuks from http://my-martial-arts.mybigcommerce.com/nunchuku/ without this it’s very easy to do more damage to yourself than your opponent!  We’ve all seen the guys on YouTube fails whacking themselves in the nuts…don’t be one of them, at least not in public!

And don’t think they’re dangerous for your kids.  Here’s 6 years-old Ryusei Imai demonstrating that you’re never too young for nunchuks (skip to 53 seconds in the video)

Here are some great video tutorials for beginners with the essential moves to help you wield your nunchuks properly:

1 – How to use Nunchucks for beginners Part 1 – your first basic Nunchuck Drill with Sensei David

2 – How to Use Nunchucks for Beginners Part 2 – Sensei David (Figure 8 and wrist roll)

3 – What’s the front grip and what’s the back grip?  Ken Hill explains

4 – Also learn the over the shoulder pass and some other nice moves from circus nunchaku specialist Ken Hill

5 – The shoulder switch

Here’s how to do the shoulder switch.   In this one he’s using a wooden nunchuk and notice how he keeps the hand open until the nunchuk lands before grabbing it.  If you close your grip too early, or simply have your fingers curled, and the nunchuk hits the top of your finger it really really hurts!   If you’re practicing with a foam chuk, get into good practice now so you don’t suffer when you move to a wooden or metal one!

6 – Now we’re cruising, it’s time to tackle the wrist roll

This is a nice simple move to execute and impresses onlookers… once you’ve practiced it like a thousand times so you no longer drop the damn things or send them spinning off across the room. I learnt this one from a book back in the days… a video like these would have saved me so much time!

7  – Fed up of standing still and twirling it?  Ken Hill shows how to build in fancy-looking movement

8 – More fundamental basic moves

Make sure you learn these basic nunchuk moves from Kung Fu expert Jake Mace… but I strongly advise not to do the overhead spins with a wooden nunchuk if you are a beginner… it will prove very painful!  Use a practice foam nunchuk or wear your sparring headguard (I strongly suggest foam nunchuks first, and wearing a headguard when you try it with a wooden one!).

9 – Lots of spinning… don’t forget the strikes

The nunchuk can be such a showy weapon its easy to learn lots of spins, switches and all sorts… and never any strikes.  Don’t forget you’re supposed to be hitting someone and all the fancy stuff is to create an opening or line up the next strike (or maybe overawe the opponent so much they back off).  Ninja Nate runs through some strikes… practice these lots too!

A fancy routine to learn

Once you’ve mastered these basic moves, here’s a couple of routines from Ryoji Okamoto.  See if you can learn them, or at least parts of them, and follow along …. After lots of practice of course!

Also notice how in the routines he often positions his hand to protect his face.  Is it from the attacker, his own spinning or both?

We’ll be adding video lessons for nunchuk intermediates and using two at once later in the year… make sure to subscribe (use the button towards the top right) and  follow us on Facebook to get updated when they ready.

 

 

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8 great bo staff video lessons for absolute beginners

Learn the bo staff basics with these easy-to-follow tutorials for beginners

The staff is one of the oldest of all weapons and also used throughout the world, whether in Chinese and Japanese martial arts or Robin Hood dueling with Little John.

You don’t even have to buy one (although they are not expensive).  Just get a broom handle, a pole from a clothes line or anything else that is vaguely staff-like and you are ready to go.

While I love my traditional red oak bo staff, for practicing new techniques I invariably instead use a length of white PVC plumbing pipe… especially when I am training indoors.  It cost all of #2 from ScrewFix!

Here are some great bo staff video tutorials to get you going.

The first five are from www.jakemace.com.  His site is great and has tons of stuff for people interested in Chinese martial arts.  He’s also really inspiring, so you’ll see a lot of his videos recommended on My Martial Arts.

Bo Staff Spins Video 1 – basic front spin

Bo Staff Spins Video 2 – basic one-handed spin

Bo Staff Spins Video 3…. Passing it behind your back

Bo Staff Spins Video 4 – basic strike and deflection

Bo Staff Spins Video 5 – underarm spin

 

Sifu Kuttel also has lots of instructive and easy-to-follow bo staff tutorial videos on his YouTube channel…. Here is a good one to start you off:

Kung Fu Basic Staff Spinning & good technique – Sifu Kuttel

 

There are also lots of bo staff tutorials on ExpertVillage.  Here are a couple of good ones to start with:

Martial Art Bo Staff Techniques : figure eight spin

Bo Staff Attack Techniques: Bo Staff Two-Handed Wrist Roll

The bo staff is a great weapon to practice with to build strength, flexibility and coordination and, like everything else, practice and perseverance is both essential and brings huge rewards.   Here are some inspiring bo staff routines from people who definitely practiced hard: