Which Nunchaku is Right for Me?

Which Nunchaku is Right for Me?

While most martial arts stores and warehouse have lots of stuff, unlike USA Nunchaku Co,  they only have 12″ nunchaku which raises the question, “Since I have options, which nunchaku is right for me?”

12 inch Tapered Bloodwood NunchakuThe 12″ nunchaku is the standard size.  The tapered octagon tied with rope it is the most common nunchaku found is martial arts of karate and kung fu styles schools which teach it.  Some schools use plastic and foam nunchaku as well which are tied together with plastic chain.  While many schools use them for practice, they are the worst example of what a real nunchaku is.  The next kind of nunchaku is fastened with chain.  These are designed more for sport and swinging tricks than a martial arts form, but both can be used either way.

If you are looking for nunchaku for a smaller frame, shorter lengths can work very well as well as the thinner 1″ models which are better for smaller grips.  Sometimes experimenting with nunchaku lengths and rope and chain lengths is the best way to get  a nunchaku that works for your size.  The most important thing with nunchaku is having it feel comfortable while you practice.

Ropes vs Chain

Which Nunchaku is Right for Me?The chain links swing and feel very different from the rope ties, but the basic rule is that you need more chain than rope for the same swinging feel.  Rope is better for your kada and form work as it is best with joint locks and using the nunchaku leverage to inflict holds and breaks.  Yes it’s true, there are other uses beyond swinging them into things!  The chains are far better to use when trying out tricks and spins that wrap around the body.  They do require more length than the rope, and if you put too much length of chain between them you have to shorten up the nunchaku which then moves us into the speed chuck.  The speed chuck is basically a shorter nunchaku handle, with more chain.  These are harder to control, but tons of fun.

Wood Types and Weight

If you are new to the nunchaku, stay with lighter woods. They are much more forgiving and easier on the mishaps. If you are familiar with them, choose the heavy ones only if you do not drop them all the time. Unlike a piece of plastic or foam, if you crack wooden nunchaku into hard surfaces, you may damage them, or the hard surface or both. It’s basic physics. The more weight and speed, the more impact. The lighter woods are faster and spin with more speed but do not pack the punch and damage of the heavier nunchaku. This is why they are the best for the student to practice with. If you want to see what will happen when you swing your nunchaku into a tree or rock please understand that you would be setting yourself up for a broken nunchaku.

We recommend practice on grass or carpet. Do not purchase with the impression that cocobolo or other hardwoods means “indestructible” If anything, it’s the opposite. Like all other martial arts weapons, great care should be taken when using them. They should only ever be used under the supervision of a martial arts instructor in a class setting.

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Chain linked Speed Chucks

Chain linked Speed Chucks

9.5" Katalox Speed Chucks

As we hit the dog days of summer in 2017 the shop is finishing out the Dragon Fly run of nunchaku to end the first part of the season.  With the introduction of our chain linked nunchaku this summer, we wanted to add to the mix with some cool variations from the old days of kung fu and karate with a similar variation of the classic speed chuck.  We have made the handles shorter and the chain longer to match the total length of a standard 12″ chain set.  We are going to be making these in a variety of shapes, woods and lengths for our next batch along with 3 sectional staffs and chain linked cocobolo nunchaku.  These will finish out the dragonfly run 2017.

These nunchaku hard a bit different than the normal size to swing.  It doesn’t take too long to get used to them.  Look for us to try out a variety of woods in the coming batches to give a good weight mix for nunchaku swings of all styles.

 The debut are two pairs, one red heart at 10″ and a katlox set of 9.5″ weighting in a full 16 oz pound!  As always, join our newsletter to get updates on new nunchaku in the shop.  

 

Why is Cocobolo so Exspensive?

The Rare Preferred Hardwood of the Martial Arts world. Why is Cocobolo so Expensive?

12 inch Tapered Cocobolo Traditional OctagonCocobolo Dalbergia retusa is the long searched for wood in martial arts.  It is in the family of the Rosewoods Dalbergia nigra. In part it is so saute after because of it’s weight and density but also because of the beautiful colors and patterns that appear in the wood’s grain.  With this wood however it is not the demand that is the problem as much as it is the supply.  The first price point that drives it up is being able to find it.  The second is how much it costs once you have located something you can use.  Unlike red oak or ash, cocobolo is a medium to small sized tree that has fewer straight branches.  It is much harder to mill and even harder to get good undamaged straight boards so you can work with them.  Hardwoods of this nature eat through expensive cutting bits in weeks, where as the same bit would last a lifetime with normal woods.  The last price point that adds more to the final cost is how hard it is to work with.  The first problem; the saw dust is poisonous to humans.  Don’t get me wrong, all saw dust is bad for people and use of a mask is the general practice, but with cocobolo it is down right hurtful.  It is much like getting poison ivy on the inside of your lungs.  Not fun.  So we use suits and masks and it’s hot and miserable doing so.

 

In the end it’s always worth it but much more time and work go into things made of cocobolo.  It’s a rare wood loved by all the martial arts.  The time may also be coming when cocobolo is gone from the planet.  I wonder what those cocobolo nunchaku would be worth then? At USA Nunchaku Co. we hunt down cocobolo every week to use in our wood shop so we can bring you great nunchaku pieces.  It’s a time honored hardwood in the martial arts world, but don’t forget all the other great woods we have available.

Other Choices

While cocobolo is a great hardwood, there are others that will also serve the same purpose.  We encourage our nunchaku users to try out different weight hardwoods and test out some of the many other exotic hardwood options we provide.

 

 

Nunchaku News May 2017

Nunchaku News May 2017

Moving all our Nunchaku to the three Rope Tie

The three rope tie method will be the norm for all nunchaku coming out of our store from May 2017 forward.  The 660 para cord colors are expanding too,  Summer 2017 will see reflective para cord and glow in the dark para cord available on the nunchaku and in re string packs.

New Exotic woods

The new woods available are just fantastic.  East India Rosewood is the first.  It’s similar to cocobolo, hard dense and dark in color.  Redheart is our second new wood, the grain pattern is as good as it gets, it’s a good middleweight nunchaku wood.  katalox is our new heavy.  Dark in color with interesting pulp patterns it’s dense and heavy.  

The main base woods will use, red oak and ash will still be available as well as these new exotic woods.  Later this summer we will be releasing some other new exotic woods that should make for some great looking nunchaku. 

Memorial Day Weekend:  Pre release New Chain linked Nunchaku

They have finally arrived.  The chain linked nunchaku in red oak.  The pre release started this week running through the holiday weekend to kick off summer.  We are excited and proud to finally offer one of the most requested versions of the nunchaku. The first sets will be from red oak and soon this summer we will be releasing the nunchaku in Red heart, rosewood and cocobolo

 

Curly Maple Sale

Curly Maple Nunchaku Sale

Curly Maple Nunchaku Sale

Curly Maple Nunchaku SaleWe will be continuing our curly maple nunchaku sale through the weekend!  Stop by the site to check out all the curly maple nunchaku we have in stock in various sizes.  This is the last of the curly maple stock and will not re visited until early Summer.

This is a great lighter weight nunchaku perfect for form practice.  They will take a beating and have the wonderful curly maple figuring in the wood grain.  Like all our nunchaku these are 100% made in the USA, hand cut sanded and finished.

Sale runs Till Midnight April 2nd.

Usa Nunchaku Debut our 3 Rope Nunchaku tie

3 rope nunchaku tie

Usa Nunchaku Debut our 3 Rope Nunchaku tie

3 rope nunchaku tieWe are now going to start offering the nunchaku tied using a 3 rope nunchaku tie in the middle method.  It will be offered in a number of colors featuring a 480lb para-cord as always 100% American made.  While this method takes a bit longer to do and is more complex, we feel that it’s a great look, very strong and doesn’t require us to remove any more of the wood material which in the end makes for a stronger nunchaku.  It is also still a reliable end knot which can not unfasten like the other two method. 

This string method takes longer because of the complex pattern for the string.  We do not have an instructional set up yet for this way of roping the nunchaku.  As with all martial arts moves, there are a number of ways to arrive at your desired results.  This is also true with the many ways you can choose to tie your nunchaku later on.  This year we are also planning to feature a number of instructional  posts on the site that will feature different ways people tie their nunchaku.

Two Rope 650lb Tie

We will be continuing our two rope in the middle tie with a few changes. Now we will be using the flat 4 strand 650 para-cord.  As with all our rope we only use American made and only buy it from American retailers.  Currently this tie will only be available in a few colors but we hope to broaden the selection soon.

For more information on rope check out the rope lengths guide and the  how to string nunchaku post on our website.  Remember to sign up for our newsletter for updates, new products in stock and nunchaku news.

 

 

Welcoming in a Nunchaku New Year

Welcoming in a Nunchaku New Year

Now welcoming in a nunchaku new yearWell it has been a crazy year in America.  As it comes to a close we want to thank everyone who has made USA Nunchaku grow this year.  I have been making these nunchaku for 20 years now.  It all started in a friend’s garage next to my 2nd Apartment during the first years of my Kung fu training.  In 1997 selling things on the internet was still a bit advanced but I was able to pull it off for a select few.  Now welcoming in a nunchaku new year for  2017 to all our customers all over the world is something we are proud to do.

This year America is likely going to change.  A number of years ago we set out to be an American company who wanted to make our product here in the United States with people and materials that were made here as well.  I can promise you as this idea catches on with other American businesses this year we will continue to do our part and always take the American worker, product or company first.  It matters to everyone we serve and to us as we make our American Nunchaku that even in a small way we help make the change back to a time when “made in USA” meant everything.Now welcoming in a nunchaku new year

Great News for chain fans!

After a long research and development process  I’m excited and proud to announce that 2017 will be the year USA Nunchaku co. starts making our first run of chain linked nunchaku.  They are going to be something special.  We have gone to great lengths to make a new product that we hope will become the rebirth of a long forgotten style of nunchaku made with quality in America.  All signs point to A February release date, make sure to sign up for our news letter to get the latest information on when they are ready. 

On Behalf of USA Nunchaku have a Great and Happy New Year!

 

 

3 Days Left

3 days left for shipping by Christmas

dr-65-6As 2016 draws to a close we are rapidly approaching our last three shipping days to have your nunchaku arrive by Christmas.  This year we have grown more than expected and because of that, next year is going to be full of wonderful nunchaku surprises.  We will be introducing our first USA produced chain linked nunchaku.  This is a big deal!  In the 15 years I have been making nunchaku for friends and fellow students and now for the world on USA Nunchaku, we have been asked many times to produce chain linked nunchaku.  Thankfully we now have the means to do this in a way that is going to be quality in our new product, and satisfy everyone who loves the feel of the chain rather than the traditional rope connection.  Look for the first models to be released in February-March of 2017.

More Cocobolo to come.  In 2016 we have secured a great source for the beloved cocobolo hard wood.  You will see them as a regular throughout the year in all of our short batches.  In addition to that we will feature more red oak is a larger range of sizes including tapered, the addition of more Black Locust hardwood and in time all of these available to chain linked nunchaku.

While some of the exotic hardwoods are obviously imported to our American wood distributors, we try to make every single item used to make our product come from companies who make and manufacturer their product in the United States.  This goes for all our wood shop materials, the ropes, shipping ect.   We take great pride in being a 100% American (United States) made product.

The last sale of the year will be wrapping up this week, again anything shipped by 21st should arrive on time to all locations on the main land Untied States

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Have a Happy Holiday!

10% off all red oak nunchaku

 

 

Black Friday Sale 2016

Black Friday Nunchaku Sale

Black Friday Nunchaku SaleStop by USA Nunchaku this Black Friday for our 24 hour Black Friday Nunchaku Sale.  For 24 hours all cocobolo in stock are 15% off.

Cut from the hard to find dense cocobolo wood, these nunchaku are not only beautiful, they are some of the heaviest strongest sets we offer. The late 2012 batch are cut in a straight octagon shape. Get them while they are here. All are handmade in the United States.

These training weapons are made of top grade  and  match real weapons in length, size, weight, and feel. These 7.75″ cocobolo nunchaku constructed to be durable, cut resistant, and remarkably stiff, which allow martial artists to master techniques, footwork, and the basic stances.  USA Nunchaku’s Cocobolo Traditional Octagon Nunchaku are made from cocobolo these nunchaku are all are handmade, shaped, oiled, sanded and strung.  Like all of our nunchaku each of one of kind.  The weapon you see is the exact one you will receive.  100% made in the United States.

 

Handmade Nunchaku in Store Now

American Handcrafted Nunchaku

The First Batch of Handmade Nunchaku in Store Now

Cocobolo Traditional Octagon NunchakuWell it took a while to complete, but the first batch of handmade nunchaku for fall 2017 has been added to the online store.  We were sold out for some time and to keep that from happening this season we have already started another run of red oak to be ready next week.  With the second batch, we will be adding a martial arts school pack which will consist of sets of 10 or 20 red oak nunchaku strung in white or black and sold at a discounted price for schools and teachers of martial arts.  Instructors and schools can sign up here to get their discount codes .  We hope to have this product and feature added to the site the weekend of September 24th.

Website Updated for Fall

We have updated our web store to handle more volume and added new payment credit card options.  We were experiencing an issue with new site plugins preventing customers from entering their credit cards to check out.  This has been fixed and tested and we are happy to announce the checkout is working perfectly.

Cocobolo in stock

2017-hallows-26-8We have a number of cocobolo nunchaku in stock.  we are also featuring some new smaller and larger sizes.  These will not be around for long, so make sure to stop by soon and check them out.

 

New Nunchaku Stock

New Nunchaku Stock

New Nunchaku Stock

New Nunchaku Stock
Off the drying strings and into be strung. Lots of cocobolo to choose from.

It will only be matter of days now.  Our new nunchaku stock will be complete.  All the new stock is dry and being strung.  We were waiting for some new colors of para-cord to arrive for the 2017 holiday batches.  It has been hot, the main woodshop doesn’t have AC, so when it’s 96 outside, it’s 115 inside.  While the heat has been uncomfortable, we scored some great pieces of bloodwood and cocobolo this time and we can’t wait to get them in the store for all to see.  We have smaller lengths and larger lengths of nunchaku in cocobolo, red oak, and bloodwood as well as the standard 12″ styles.

Stringing takes some time but we will be uploading them as fast as possible.  Unlike other stores, we have to take photos of each pair because the one you see is the one you get.  In the end it is all worth it.  Handmade martial arts nunchaku crafted in the USA.  Our nunchaku are a perfect gift for a martial artist.  Each one unique.  Each one an individual like the martial arts practitioner who uses them.  That is one of the great things about our nunchaku.  You will always know which is yours on your schools weapon rack.Cocobolo Nunchaku

Look for the new stock to hit the store around 8/30/16.  We will be sending out a newsletter or registered users on the arrival of our new stock  so sign up soon!  Also twitter and Facebook, Google plus will get the release.  This time due to the ever growing demand, we have already begun the next batch to ensure we can keep up with the holiday shopping season, but quantiles are limited in each batch so check the website often.

Cocobolo Dust

Handmade Nunchaku

Cocobolo Dust

Cocobolo NunchakuOh my, it is so hot outside in north America this summer.  Right now in the north east the humidity has taken over completely.  Day and night it is 100 % in charge.  It’s pea soup at 5:30am, and it just gets hotter and stickier as the sun crosses the  sky.  There is only like one guy that I know who isn’t bothered by this at all.  Not to worrycocobolo, the last 2016 batch of  nunchaku are on the way.  We spent the weekend doing the ruff cuts and hard routes and Cocobolo dust.  Soon the next batch will be at the sanding stations.

Cocobolo dust is one thing that is hard to deal with.  Most people don’t know that the saw dust is poisonous.   It has a strong smell when it’s cut and creates a red dust power that gets on everything. I can tell you is to horrible.  In the shop the saw dust can get crazy.  We cut and expel a lot of wood.  Add the 72% relative humidity and 92 degrees F, it makes the cocobolo dust cling to your skin and turn to a paste.  I have to take breaks and continuously wash off while cutting this wood.  Not much fun, but the only path to the beautiful and colorful wood becoming a set of nunchakucocobolo nunchaku.

This time around we will have cocobolo featured but we will also have some other great woods like zebra, bloodwood, red oak, and locust.  Small and slim models with some of the high end woods and our new highly searched for “nunchaku stringing packet“.  I’m planning three complete batches to be for sale between now and Christmas so there will be plenty to go around for everyone.  As always each is handmade, never stained and we sand, oil and string every pair.  It’s without question and best nunchaku value for the practicing martial artist and best of all, they are made in the USA.

New Nunchaku Stock Coming!

New Nunchaku Stock Coming!

Exotic WoodsIt’s been since spring that we have run the mills in the shop but we have finally found some new exotic woods and the time to produce a whole ton of beautiful American Red Oak Nunchaku!

Bloodwood, Cocobolo, Zebrawood, and a few others will be featured this time as well as  new product designed for the martial arts school or instructor.   We will be bundling 10-20 12″ Red Oak Nunchaku in packs for schools at a discount.  Each one will be strung on the one side and come with the instructions on sizing the rope to the correct length.

We know our stock is about at rock bottom, more nunchaku are coming!!

Update 8/6/2016: We made a special trip to the warehouse and have New cocobolo stock!  The cocobolo nunchaku has some great pulp markings in the grain and will have a variety of lengths to choose from this time around.

Nunchaku Summer work shop updates

Nunchaku Summer Work Shop News

media2-meditatingWell summer is here in the north east.  We have been getting our shop time in and hunting new wood stock for our nunchaku, which has been difficult.  Some times of the year it is very hard to find good stock in the exotic woods.  Typically I will get a call from one of the local wholesaler to come out and have a look at the new stock.  I’ll be going this week to a new location hunting some cocobolo and hopefully some more bloodwood.

Right now in the shop we have red oak and blood wood being cut.  We will be featuring a new bulk item for martial arts schools.  These will be red oak nunchaku sold in packs of 15 for instructors to sell in their schools.  These will be priced at a discount and sold to martial arts schools.  I’m hoping to have a number of these packs ready to go in the next few weeks.

Please check out our new “How to String Nunchaku” article.  This will hopefully provide you with the needed information on how to re string your nunchaku

We will also be featuring the smaller lengths for younger students and people with smaller hands.  These will be in various lengths shorter than the standard 12 inches.

Please follow us on twitter and face book for current updates and news on when the new nunchaku will be released.  Everyone have a wonderful start to your summer and stay cool.

 

 

How to String Nunchaku

 Basic 2 Rope Method of Stringing Nunchaku

Custom Nunchaku RestringThis 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.  A far as how to string nunchaku, 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.


nunchaku Restring tools
bell wire, pliers, a small Philips head, scissors and 3 feet of cord.

Materials Needed

  • 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.

Cut about 12 inches of wire and fold in the middle making a half moon.
Cut about 12 inches of wire and fold in the middle making a half moon.
bend the ends
bend the ends
Trim if needed.
Trim if needed.
Finished re-string nunchaku tool
Finished re-string nunchaku tool

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.

Lay flat head to head
insert tool
insert tool
pull enough to thread your rope
pull enough to thread your rope
make sure rope is even, pull through.
make sure rope is even, pull through.
pull though, re check your even lengths.
pull though, re check your even lengths.
Use the tool to thread to the other side.
Use the tool to thread to the other side.
Continue and pull
Continue and pull
next using the opposite end of the tool...
next using the opposite end of the tool…
Feed tool through top.
Feed tool through top.
Pull the open ends through the loop.
Pull the open ends through the loop.
Holding the open ends, pull out the slack.
Holding the open ends, pull out the slack.
Pull...
Pull…
pull...
pull…
Pull until all slack is out.
Pull until all slack is out.
Insert rounded end of tool into other nunchaku.
Insert rounded end of tool into other nunchaku.
Attach the first string
Attach the first string
Pull back through.
Pull back through.
Then continue to pull it through the other side.
Then continue to pull it through the other side.
Repeat process pulling the other string through.
Repeat process pulling the other string through.
Pull the second open string through.
Pull the second open string through.
Start of last section
Start of last section

The last section: How to String Nunchaku

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.

Lay ropes on opposite sides, and push round end of tool through top.
Lay ropes on opposite sides, and push round end of tool through top.
Pull one of the rope ends through.
Pull one of the rope ends through.
Lay to the right side.
Lay to the right side.
Use tool again to pull remaining string.
Use tool again to pull remaining string.
Pull through and lay on left side.
Pull through and lay on left side.
*Important* Rotate top nunchaku and wrap open strings around the string between the nunchaku.
*Important* Rotate top nunchaku and wrap open strings around the string between the nunchaku.
Tie the open ends to a double knot. "box knot"
Tie the open ends to a double knot. “box knot”
Distance check.
Distance check.

Rope Lengths

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.

Using the line tool, tighten your knot.
Using the line tool, tighten your knot.
Cut off your extra rope leaving some extra before the knot.
Cut off your extra rope leaving some extra before the knot.
Cut knot with some extra.
Cut knot with some extra.
Using the lighter heat the frayed edges to seal the cut cord.
Using the lighter heat the frayed edges to seal the cut cord.
Use the pliers to compress the knot while still hot.
Use the pliers to compress the knot while still hot.
pull the knot tight to the top of the nunchaku. You can use the pliers and or screwdriver to press it in farther.
using the small Philips head, draw back the knot.

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how to string nuncahku
pull the knot tight to the top of the nunchaku. You can use the pliers and or screwdriver to press it in farther. pull the knot tight to the top of the nunchaku. You can use the pliers and or screwdriver to press it in farther.

How to String Nunchaku

How to String NunchakuThat 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.


If you need an item for a special event or have any questions before ordering please feel free to use our contact page to get an estimate on shipping time or answer any questions.

For more information about our nunchaku and us check about us  Also check out the history of nunchaku to get more information about it’s role is martial arts as well as how to care for your nunchaku.  Always check your local laws and nunchaku laws in regards nunchaku and their use as well as our terms and conditions.

If an item becomes Back ordered

Since we make all our nunchaku by hand, back ordered for us means that the wood has not been cut yet.  This normally adds from 2-5 days to the time before an item can ship out.  For more information about shipping please see our shipping page for details.  

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