Martial Arts Weapons, Durability Factor 101

Red Heart Slim Nunchaku

Unlike most sports people study, the martial arts hosts a range of different styles and applications. Furthermore, beyond the hand to hand (empty hand) study, martial arts normally also has a component that is the study of weapons. Each style of martial arts depending on the country and place of origin features different combinations of weapons that the practitioner studies. When it becomes time to study and learn the weapon a number of factors come into play that are not evident initially but with time become painfully clear. The factor we are talking about is “durability”

When the study of a modern weapon begins we must first understand that what we see in the movies and television is not really a true representation of how most things work when using a weapon. The basic premise of a weapon used in martial arts is that it is a pre gunpowder way to attack people. Hundreds of years ago, before the concept of the modern gun people used hand held weapons like swords and hammers in conflicts. Of all these weapons fix into two categories. Cutting and Bludgeoning. Knives, swords, axes would all fix into the cutting category and staffs, hammers and weapons like nunchaku fit into the bludgeoning category. We have all seen movies and tv shows where magical swords cut through concrete or slice a person into a hundred pieces in an instant. These are not realistic applications of these weapons and while some of the actions may be doable, they would also be the end for the weapons used as the blade would become destroyed with one use. The same would be true for most extreme actions of the bludgeoning weapons. The basic idea is that weapons were used as a tool and in a world where they were used, the weapons all had a very finite life span. In today’s world not many people use weapons like swords and staffs in day to day life. You will not see them on any battle field except the martial arts class room. This is the setting where much of the abuse will take place aside from an oak tree in your back yard. While it’s use and application is very different than the battle fields of 100’s of years ago, the study of the weapon and it’s applications will produce wear and damage to your weapons over time.

Red Heart Slim Nunchaku
Handmade Nunchaku

One common misconception is that weight equals durability. This is false. If anything weight will increase the damage factor ten fold. With the martial arts nunchaku as well as many other weapons in martial arts fashioned from hardwoods, it’s the type of hardwood that matters. Flex, hardness, density and grain all play a role in how durable your weapon will be along with how it is used.

Where to practice

The use of a weapon compared to it’s durability is maybe the biggest factor. If the practitioner is careless, or wreckless the risk of damage goes up. Where the weapon is studied also plays a role. Hard surfaces and questionable locations can mess up and damage the most beautiful weapons. The best policy is to be mindful of where you are and make sure that if a mistake is made and the weapon is dropped, it will still be safe from harm. Often times holding on to the weapon is the first trick. Make sure to avoid driveways and concrete. Try to practice in grass whenever possible. The grass and soil will cushion the blows from mistakes.



Picking the correct wood

Often times it seems that something that costs more is better. This can be true for a great many things. This concept is also often wrong. In the world of martial arts weapons made from hardwoods expensive is not always best. The great example of this is cocobolo. It is beautiful and hard to find. Often instructors will use weapons made from cocobolo in class and the students will think, if the instructor is using it, this is what I should also aspire to. The problem with this line of thinking is that the student many times does not see why the instructor is using that weapon over another. In most cases it may be a favorite or preferred weapon but if striking and hitting is part of the lesson, almost always the instructor will put down the prized weapon and choose a lesser grade weapon to take the beating involved with the lesson plan for the day. The basic idea is simple, you need more than just one of each kind of weapon. The nunchaku you may use to give your arms a good workout may not be the best choice for striking into a heavy bag or combat against a staff to demonstrate a form or kata. A more durable wood like hickory or red oak would be much better in a striking application as compared to a prized cocobolo piece. For our handmade nunchaku we have found that the hickory and hard maple provide the most durability for contact. Red Oak and White oak also have good grain properties that resists cracking because the grain has give and will sooner take a dent than break in a strike. Both the Oak versions are also less expensive so in case damage does occur it is much less painful on the wallet.


All martial arts weapons that get used will eventually wear and sometimes break. Much of the durability will be dependant on the user and of course how it is used. Impact will always create risk of damage. There are no magical weapons that are indestructible. The best course of action is to keep your expensive favorites out of the class room and have less expensive back ups ready to use for your day to day studies and workouts.

Heavy Nunchaku

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The Facts about Heavy Nunchaku

14 inch Brazilian Walnut Nunchaku
20 oz IPE Brazilian Walnut Nunchaku

One of the most asked questions we get here at American Nunchaku is normally about Nunchaku weight and durability.  “Which nunchaku is strongest?”  “Which nunchaku is Heavy?”  On the surface these would seem to be questions about similar properties that the hardwoods have but in reality they are not.  A hardwood’s “strength” is not based on it’s weight.  When we are talking about strength or durability what we really mean is, how will this stand up to repeated blows in the world of martial arts.  There is some inherent problems with judging any martial arts weapon based on how hard you can beat it without it breaking.  Any object will break if it is subject to blows against another object, period.  With a centrifugal weapon like nunchaku the weight of the woods makes huge difference in this damage, but it’s probably not what you think.  The more weight the nunchaku has, the more damage to the object it’s hitting, and to the nunchaku itself.  In other words, a heavy nunchaku is not going to be stronger than than a light weight nunchaku when it comes to survivability.

Light vs Heavy

The lighter weight nunchaku of course is where any beginner should start out rather than the heavy nunchaku.  They are more forgiving, easier to move and will survive the inevitable drops and bumps.  When a user gets more comfortable they should then move towards the heavier sets which will move slower but provide a great workout as the weight makes the movements work the arm and body muscles. Light nunchaku will always move faster and because they are lighter, they will survive better with your day to day use.  The heavy nunchaku versions are normally made from the more exotic hardwoods which have beautiful  and dense grains.  They feel powerful and are unforgiving.  Great care should be made when using them.  Always practice on a surface like carpet or grass and never on concrete or asphalt.

Heavy Nunchaku
Black Palm Nunchaku

The Smashing Goal

If your goal with your nunchaku is to simply smash them into hard objects you will be sadly disappointed if you choose any nunchaku, even metal sets.  While some will hold up longer than others, in the end you will crack dent and or break them.  Like any real world weapon, there is a life span that diminishes with use.  The movies and tv make us think that some things last forever or have properties that are not based in reality.  The best practice is to be responsible and use them wisely.  Light weight for light contact and day to day practice.  Heavy weight for personal workouts and technique.

The self defense factor

With many years of practice you may be able to think of the nunchaku as tool in self defense.  The key words here however are “many years”  It takes time and practice to be effective and while the movies and tv would have you believe that your attackers would run in fear as you produced your nunchaku and started swinging them wildly, the more accurate reality is that you would in most cases be better off not choosing the nunchaku as a practical self defense weapon.  They would be equal to pulling out a board sword and threatening a sword cut.  Cool in the movies, not so cool in real life.  This is not to say that either couldn’t be done, it’s more of a question of  “should it be done?”  The best bet is to use common sense in any situation which almost always means not engaging and walking away.  Nunchaku are a great tool in the martial arts world and a great way to get exercise.  Always use great care and common sense and you will get the most out of your set.


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, Karate weapons.  Always check your local 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.  If you need an item for a special event please feel free to use our contact page to get an estimate on shipping time.

The Black Palm Hardwood for Nunchaku

Black Palm NunchakuThe black palm hardwood was introduced to the shop this year via a request from one of our @Twitter supporters and customers.  Making a Black Palm Nunchaku was an experiment that turned out wonderfully.  All hardwoods have certain properties that effect how well they feel and how well they can be used.  A good martial arts weapon needs to be strong yet flexible.  Hardness is also good but not at the expense of being to ridged which tends to lead to shattering.  While the Black palm has great weight, it also has the large pour-us grains and fibers that give it flexibility. The following are the specs for the tree itself.  Basically it’s a palm tree from Asia and Africa.  (Borassus flabellifer) Common Name(s): Black Palm, Palmyra Palm Scientific Name: Borassus flabellifer Distribution: Tropical Asia and Africa Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall.

Black Palm Nunchaku
Black Palm Nunchaku

We love the feel and look of these heavy weight nunchaku.  You can feel the power contained within when you hold a finished set.  That much dense weight is hard to ignore.  The hardwood does take some getting used to as far as the cutting and milling.  Most hardwoods are difficult in one way or another.  For us this one is

Black Palm Tapered U Swivel
Black Palm Chain

moderately ornery

As we experiment with this great hardwood the Black Palm Nunchaku will gain some new sizes and options as we progress into the Autumn for 2018.  If you are experienced with the nunchaku and want to experiment with some new hardwoods, this Black Palm is a great find.  Beware, the Black Palm Nunchaku are very heavy and thus, unforgiving.  Take care with fancy tricks and katas until you get used to the weight.

Currently the black palm is offered in rope and chain nunchaku types with some variations of 12 inch and 13.5 inch lengths.  The rope colors are customer choice but many have opted to go with the leopard or cheetah colors as they tend to match the natural colors of the hardwood’s grains.  The black palm nunchaku, “nunchucks” will be on sale till the end of the month for those interested in trying out a wonderful and unique new nunchaku hardwood.  These nunchkau are guaranteed to stand out in the crowd and make a bold statement.

 

 

Black Palm Specs:

Common Name(s): Black Palm, Palmyra Palm
Scientific Name: Borassus flabellifer
Distribution: Tropical Asia and Africa
Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 61 lbs/ft3 (970 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .79, .97
Janka Hardness: 2,020 lbf (9,000 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 19,950 lbf/in2 (137.6 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 2,262,000 lbf/in2 (15.60 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 10,190 lbf/in2 (70.3 MPa)

Nunchaku History

Nunchaku

 Nunchaku History

12.5 inch Bloodwood Nunchaku

The nunchaku (Japanese: ヌンチャク Hepburn: nunchaku, often “nunchuks“, “chainsticks“, “chuka sticks or “karate sticks in English) is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. 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 is used as a training weapon, since it allows the development of quicker hand movements and improves posture. Modern-day nunchaku can be made from metal, wood, plastic or fibreglass. Toy and replica versions made of polystyrene foam or plastic are also available. Possession of this weapon is illegal in some countries, except for use in professional martial art schools.

The exact origin of nunchaku is unclear. Allegedly adapted by Okinawan farmers from a non-weapon item, it was not a historically popular weapon because it was ineffective against the most widely used weapons of that time, and few historical techniques for its use still survive.

In modern times, nunchaku (Tabak-Toyok) were popularized by actor and martial artist Bruce Lee and his martial arts student Dan Inosanto, who introduced this weapon to the actor.[5] Another popular association in modern times is the fictional character Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. 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.


Etymology

The origin of the word nunchaku (ヌンチャク) is not known. One theory indicates it was derived from pronunciation of the Chinese characters 双截棍 (a type of traditional Chinese two section staff) in a Southern Fujian dialect of Chinese language (兩節棍 nng-chat-kun, pair(of)-linked-sticks). Another derives from the definition of “nun” as “twin”.

Another name for this weapon is “nûchiku”(ヌウチク).

In the English language, nunchaku are often referred to as “nunchuks”.

Origin

The origin of the nunchaku is unclear, although one popular belief is that nunchaku was originally a short South-East Asian flail used to thresh rice or soybeans. This gave rise to the theory that it was originally developed from an Okinawan horse bit (muge), or that it was adapted from a wooden clapper called hyoshiki[9] carried by the village night watch, made of two blocks of wood joined by a cord. The night watch would hit the blocks of wood together to attract people’s attention, then warn them about fires and other dangers.[10]

Some propose that the association of nunchaku and other Okinawan weapons with rebellious peasants is most likely a romantic exaggeration. Martial arts in Okinawa were practiced exclusively by aristocracy (kazoku) and “serving nobles” (shizoku), but were prohibited among commoners (heimin).[11] According to Chinese folklore, nunchaku are a variation of the two section staff.

Parts of the Nunchaku


 

Parts

  • Ana: the hole on the kontoh of each handle for the himo to pass through—only nunchaku that are connected by himo have an ana.
  • Himo: the rope which connects the two handles of some nunchaku.
  • Kusari: the chain which connects the two handles of some nunchaku.
  • Kontoh: the top of each handle.
  • Jukon-bu: the upper area of the handle.
  • Chukon-bu: the center part of the handle.
  • Kikon-bu: the lower part of the handle.
  • Kontei: the bottom of the handle.

Formal Styles of Nunchaku Use

The nunchaku is most commonly used in Okinawan kobudō and karate, but it is also used in eskrima (more accurately, the Tabak-Toyok, a similar though distinct Philippine weapon, is used, as opposed to the Okinawan nunchaku), and in Korean hapkido. Its application is different in each style. The traditional Okinawan forms use the sticks primarily to grip and lock. Filipino martial artists use it much the same way they would wield a stick—striking is given precedence. Korean systems combine offensive and defensive moves, so both locks and strikes are taught. Nunchaku is often the first weapon wielded by a student, to teach self-restraint and posture, as the weapon is liable to hit the wielder more than the opponent if not used properly.

The Nunchaku is usually wielded in one hand, but it can also be paired. It can be whirled around, using its hardened handles for blunt force, as well as wrapping its chain around an attacking weapon to immobilize or disarm an opponent. Nunchaku training has been noted[by whom?] to increase hand speed, improve posture, and condition the hands of the practitioner. Therefore, it makes a useful training weapon.

There are some disciplines that combine nunchaku with unarmed techniques:

  • Mouhébong Taekwondo combines Korean nunchaku with taekwondo.
  • Nunch-Boxing combines nunchaku with kicking and punching techniques. Nunch-Boxing itself is part of the broader discipline Nenbushi.
  • Nunchaku en savate combines savate techniques with the nunchaku.

Freestyle Nunchaku

Freestyle nunchaku is a modern style of performance art using nunchaku as a visual tool, rather than as a weapon. With the growing prevalence of the Internet, the availability of nunchaku has greatly increased. In combination with the popularity of other video sharing sites, many people have become interested in learning how to use the weapons for freestyle displays. Freestyle is one discipline of competition held by the World Nunchaku Association. Some modern martial arts teach the use of nunchaku, as it may help students improve their reflexes, hand control, and other skills.

Nunchaku Sporting Associations

Nunchaku

Since the 1980s, there have been various international sporting associations that organize the use of nunchaku as a contact sport. Current associations usually hold “semi-contact” fights, where severe strikes are prohibited, as opposed to “contact” fights. “Full-Nunch” matches, on the other hand, are limitation-free on the severity of strikes and knockout is permissible. 

  • North American Nunchaku Association (NANA): Founded in 2003 in California by Sensei Chris Pellitteri, NANA teaches all aspects of the nunchaku, traditional and free-style, single and double.
  • World Amateur Nunchaku Organization (WANO): Founded by Pascal Verhille in France in 1988.
  • Fédération Internationale de Nunchaku de Combat et Artistique (FINCA): Founded by Raphaël Schmitz in France in 1992 as a merger of disbanded associations WANO and FFNS (Fédération Française de Nunchaku Sportif). Its current name is Fédération Internationale de Nunchaku, Combat complet et Arts martiaux modernes et affinitaires (FINCA). A fight with FINCA rules lasts two rounds of two minutes. There is no need for changing either the nunchaku branch or the hand before hitting, just a correct recuperation. There are no stops during the fight, except for loss, lifting, or penalties.
  • World Safety Nunchaku Organization (WSNO) : Safety Nunchaku Grandmaster Soshihan S. Kothandan, India’s Senior most Shito-ryu Karate exponent who got trained under many world level renowned Grand masters in Martial Arts, has gained rich technical expertise in that domain by his passion towards the Art, and he has achieved many milestones in Karate field particularly in Shito-ryu Karate from the past 46 years. He started researching in Safety Nunchaku from 1991 onward. He founded and presented Safety Nunchaku for the first time in front of the general public and Honorable Ministers of Tamil Nadu, India on 28.08.2005. On this day, Safety Nunchaku, Kata, Team Kata, Kumite, Team Kumite, Own style, Stand Target, Moving Target and other new techniques were demonstrated. This research is being continued by means of meeting experts from different parts of the world and sharing their view on Safety Nunchaku as a game and as a Martial art. Finally, 02-08-2015 he had introduced Safety Nunchaku in front of VIP’s, and General Public & released website (www.worldsafetynunchaku.org), demonstrated KATA’s and gave Black Belt to 1st Batch who got training more than two years during his research period. With his vast knowledge, experience and hard work he has introduced and dedicated first time in the Martial Art field “World Standard 16 unique Katas” in the field of Safety Nunchaku. If a person know the proper names of the techniques, correct method of practicing such techniques and most important is where to apply such techniques and what circumstance to apply those techniques then he will do very well in real life under critical situations where his safety is prime concern. By keeping those very important facts in mind, he has framed Katas in Safety Nunchaku in a simple and elegant way where a common people can get into interest to practice and understand the nuances of each techniques.He has also followed some unique methodology to name “World Standard 16 Unique KATAs” in Safety Nunchaku. In general Japanese, when they design a Kata, they gave their names or their master names. But, In Safety Nunchaku, Grandmaster Soshihan S.Kothandan had given names Single chaku “World Standard 16 Unique Katas ” to the patriots-freedom fighters, who made the country to proud globally, People who made proud India in Martial Arts and aid citizens to spread the Art throughout the country and People who supported, encouraged Soshihan in the Karate domain and considered his growth and success as a growth of Martial Art. Safety Nunchaku Grandmaster Soshihan S. Kothandan to insist that fact to future generation to remember those legends in the Name of KATA in near future. Also he categorized the above Unique katas as Origin Katas (4), Fundamental Katas (4) & Superior Katas (8). He also manufactured with foam and foam rubber Safety Nunchaku cheaper, different colors and different sizes to use all ages of public.

  • World Nunchaku Association (WNA): Founded by Milco Lambrecht in the Netherlands in 1996. WNA uses yellow and black plastic weight-balanced training nunchaku and protective headgear. They have their own belt color system, in which participants earn color stripes on the belt, instead of fully colored belts. One side of the belt is yellow and the other black, so that in a competition, opponents may be distinguished by the visible side of the belt. WNA fight rules correspond to the kumite subsection of Nunchaku do discipline. It is a two-minutes “touch fight,” in which technical abilities are very important. After each scored point, the fight stops and the fighters take back their starting position.
  • International Techdo Nunchaku Association (ITNA): Founded by Daniel Althaus in Switzerland in 2006. ITNA rules fights last two rounds lasting 2:30. There are no stops during the round, except for loss, lifting, or penalties. Between two strikes, the fighter has to change hand and nunchaku branch before hitting again, except if he blocks.

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American Handmade Nunchaku

American Handmade Nunchaku
American Handmade Nunchaku

American Handmade Nunchaku

Given the choice wouldn’t you rather buy American Handmade Nunchaku than a nunchaku with no soul? all of our martial arts weapons are made one at a time by martial artists. we don’t buy them over seas or from a big warehouse store. We think this makes them special and unique. This gives the weapon the character that the user possesses.

Handmade vs Robot made

USA Nunchaku is not a warehouse in China, or a large manufacturing factory. USA Nunchaku Co. is a small American company making handmade nunchaku from 100% American materials in our small workshop. We make handmade nunchaku in different shapes and sizes in small batches, each featuring a selection of various hardwoods. While they do cost a bit more than a $9 Chinese “chuck in a bag”, our nunchaku are Handmade and each one of a kind.

Stop in and check out the store, your perfect nunchaku is waiting for a spin. If you have any questions or need help picking the perfect nunchaku for your training, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will be more than happy to help out with your choice or any other information you may need.


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U Swivel Chain Linked Nunchaku

U Swivel Chain Linked Nunchaku

We have been making nunchaku by hand for 20 years.  In that time the number one request has always been handmade u Swivel chain linked nunchaku.  To do it right, we had to go back in time and skip the cheap imported barely metal versions of this classic martial arts weapon. We are proud to present our  Tapered Octagon U Swivel  Chain linked Nunchaku.  Just like our woods, the metal and all the parts are 100% American made.  It’s tried and true design that gives smooth flow to the nunchaku.   We think they are the best chain nunchaku made today and we invite you check them out.  We have a number of different models in play at the moment.  The cocobolo’s are all one of a kind and will be re listed as they made.  We are giving the option to change the amount of chain links used and have a number of different hardwoods and lengths available.

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Specs:

  • Diameter: Tapered 1 1/8″ to 1″
  • U- Swivel & Chain:  High carbon steel  375 lb test 100% American made ( 5 links plus swivel spanning 4.5″ from base to base)
  • Overall Length: 12″
  • Weight approx  14 oz.

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 Nunchaku

The 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

Red Oak Straight Octagon U Swivel Nunchaku
Universal linked Chain nunchaku

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. One basic rule would be to start out with rope and then move on to experiment with chain. While there is a noticeable difference, some people find that they prefer one over the other while others like and use both. If you are studying a certain martial arts style, it is always advised to ask the instructor which kind they prefer to be used in class and they also may have some insight as to how the nunchaku will be used in class which will also dictate the length of the chain or rope and how to it used in the forms you study.


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.


If by chance you still need help please feel free to contact us. If you are stuck which the which to choose and we will be more than happy to help. Just use our contact page and will will return your answer within 12 hours or less.

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 Octagon

Cocobolo 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. Most of our customers will wind up with nunchaku they use privately and nunchaku they use in class for strikes and contact with other weapons which spare the more expensive nunchaku from harm. As always, if you have more questions about any of our nunchaku please feel free to contact us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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