How to String Nunchaku
This article teaches the 2 string method on how to string nunchaku. As we sell more and more of our superior nunchaku are sold we have found that many martial artist do not know how to fix and re tie their nunchaku.
Lets first state some facts. Just like your martial arts moves, there are many ways to arrive at the end. In other words, there is no one right way to tie them. Some ways are better than others and some ways of stringing require the correct rope and or nunchaku. Many methods you may find are partly for show while others are for function. The one thing that we have found is that there is no information on the internet that shows how to tie them well. This brings us to this lesson of nunchaku stringing. The method below for tying nunchaku is the “two rope” method taught to me by my instructors many, many years ago for a traditional octagon nunchaku tied with para cord. Our style is Northern Boxing Style Kung fu requiring a short 3 inch rope length between the nunchaku.
- bell wire
- sharp scissors
- a small Phillips head screw driver
- a pair of pliers
- a lighter
- 3 feet of 500 lb para-cord
The secret is in the bell wire tool. It needs to be thin enough to fit through the last stage but thick enough to last through the process. Almost any hardware store will sell this is small spools. All the other tools you can find around the house. The photos below show how to make your tool which can be used a number of times.
The Stringing Process
Next is the stringing of the nunchaku. It is important to have a flat table that you can lay the nunchaku out on. This will help keep things organized as you go through the process.
The last section
At this point you should have exactly what is pictured above. If you don’t, you should start over. The beauty of this method is that you have not cut anything yet, so using the same string can be done. You want to make sure you have even lengths of rope at this point and that you have a bout 1 1/2″ of rope between the two nunchaku with no slack or kinks.
At this point you are ready to size and cut your rope. Where you put the knot will determine how much rope you have between the nunchaku.
That concludes the stringing process. Only forty some odd steps. If you are asking yourself “This doesn’t seem like fun”, it’s not. This is something we do as a bonus for our customers. As we stated before their are other ways to string nunchaku. we have found this is the easiest, safest and most practical way to do the stringing. Keep in mind, the thicker the rope, the harder each step is to complete. If the rope is too thick, the last steps can be very challenging.
Thank you for taking the time to read our stringing guide and don’t forget to stop by the shop as we are always releasing new nunchaku made from hardwoods, all 100% American.