Exotic wood Nunchaku

Exotic wood Nunchaku

Exotic Woods I’ve been working away at getting the new stock ready for this coming weekend.  So far everything is a go.  This time we will have Red Oak, Cocobolo, African Blackwood and Locust.  The weather here has been horrible and the wood shop has been cold but things are moving along well.  All of the blanks are being shaped and the toxic stuff has been cut.  Most people don’t know that the cocobolo dust is very toxic.  We have to wear masks when cutting it as it becomes hard to breath and the air literally turns maroon.  In the end it is well worth the time put into them as the cocobolo tend to feature some of the most beautiful wood grains.  This time I have a few pieces that feature the pulp wood from the cocobolo which is a lighter color and makes for the wonderful finish mixed with the dark red colors.

Locust Wood Nunchaku
From tree to block the Locust wood is cut down to make nunchaku.

African Blackwood is our newest exotic wood type.  It has taken the place of the ebony which has become impossible to find in sizes we can use.  It has a dark to pitch black color and is very dense and heavy.  The grain is very fine much like the ironwood we also use.  This makes for an overall dense heavy nunchaku which comes alive when it’s weight gets put into motion.

Stop back on Sunday morning to usanunchaku.com and check out the new arrivals.

Nunchaku Handmade in America

Nunchaku Handmade in America

ash NunchakuOne of the big stories in politics and the news is American jobs and companies making products in the states as opposed to imports from other countries.  Martial arts in America is as popular as ever.  I love the fact that we provide a great product that can be produced and used here at home.

I started making nunchaku back in 1998.  After my first year studying in my local kung fu school, my instructors has finally started teaching us the basics of our first weapons, the jo staff and nunchaku were the first ones that we were shown.  The staff was cut and dry, but the nunchaku was another story.

Ironwood Nunchaku To be taught nunchaku forms in any martial arts school most will find the only acceptable kind of nunchaku are the wooden corded type.  These type of nunchaku are called traditional octagon in shape.  While I was able to find this type in the typical Asian warehouse outlet stores online like my teachers, only a very generic version was available.  they were too thick, and felt horrible.  they were also stained and not even strung together.  That dreadful $5 to$19 product was always the same  lifeless weapon in a clear plastic bag.  This is how the making of our handmade nunchaku came to be.

Locust Wood Nunchaku
From tree to block the Locust wood is cut down to make nunchaku.

Our nunchaku are made by hand.  Each one is made by a martial artist in a wood shop, not a robotic Chinese factory.  We sand them oil and dry them and then string them with strong quality para-cord.  Rather than feature “some kind of stained wood”  we made our nunchaku from dense hardwoods of different weights like cocobolo, red oak, bloodwood and locust to name a few.  It’s an American product for a great American past time.

Nunchaku Practice Moves

Nunchaku Practice Moves

Nunchaku Practice FormsThe best policy is to study your forms given to you by your instructor.  There are some moves that can be practiced on the side to improve your over all mastery of the nunchaku practice moves and motions. Of course practice makes perfect.  Below is a great you tube video on some nunchaku moves and some basic considerations for practice.

 

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American Nunchaku Handmade

Red Heart Round Chain Nunchaku
Handmade Nunchaku

We make Traditional Octagon Wood Nunchaku from real hardwoods.  Real wooden American Nunchaku.  We have a selection of great dense hardwoods.  All our nunchaku are strung and oiled ready to go.  They are fast, easy to swing and control.  Perfect for school and form study.  We also have chain linked nunchaku featuring the ever sought after U swivel.  They are available now in a number of woods and lengths.  Each nunchaku we make is special and our goal is to match them with special people who use them. We do it all here in the USA while using American products and materials.  There is no robot factory, we don’t import anything to make them.   All our nunchaku are made in small batches daily to the customers order specifications. We have a large selection of domestic hardwoods and exotic imported hardwoods from all over the world.  Stop by the store and check out the selection.  About US


Oh man we have to do forms review

Practic sword formAfter a while of studying I’ve got a great many martial arts forms to keep polished.  Sadly I’m guilty of not having all of them in the best shape.  My teacher tells me that they are deep inside me, we have to refresh them and bring them back out.  Some of the forms are over 200 motions long.  The only thing to do is to practice them often.

I was so lucky to have teachers who kept me going and years ago, the time to really do nothing but  practice before work and sleep and everything else.  These days I don’t feel as much time is needed to Study the basic moves, but the time to remember and re train my brain the motions order in the form.  Getting past that would let me study the motion itself, this is where the true power resides.

Other things always challenge the martial artist for the control of his or hers’ day.  I find the time between working on new nunchaku, working on the website’s and non stop marketing with social media can literally burn a day away without me noticing.  The solution is simply to get to school, get to class.  Once I’m in the school the rest of the world washes away and my mind can relax and get ready for the training and the information.  I think that is the most important key, get to school!

Meditation is something else that is often overlooked.  Used in the morning and before class it’s great help to prime yourself for the lesson.

Winter is my motivator now.  It makes most of my other activities stop for a while due to the cold.  Now it’s time to capitalize on that and get myself into in my case, kung fu.  See you to school! 🙂

 

When to fight

When to  Training in martial arts  Martial arts teaches us to remain calm in the face of danger.  To turn the other cheek.  To stay far from harms way.  We learn to fight to make our bodies strong and our minds confident should the time come when we are tested.

Fight or Flight

Unfortunatly sometimes we can not avoid confrontation.  The basic choice is stay and fight, or turn and run.  In my school, on the first day all students are taught to run.  They are told to not bother fighting, save yourself.  After more classes there may be more options, but for now, run!

I worked as a bouncer for many many…….too many years.  Being in martial arts is one thing, depending on it for your job was another thing all together.  It takes a special person to gravitate towards danger rather than steer clear of it.  I, like any normal person, was not all that into the first altercations that started my bouncing career.   In the small city of Harrisburg PA,  I became the first full time Tuesday through Saturday bouncer.  I was able to buy my first house with that job.  It was dangerous, exciting and hand in hand with all my training in Kung fu, totally changed me.  Being out matched out numbered and on guard all the time can wear a person down.  It’s not a natural way to be.  Testing a person like that is not the norm, but a test non the less may find its way to anyone at any time.

” In time, no matter who you are, or where you go, the odds are you will be tested.”

Martial Arts: Your First Real Weapon

Your First Real Weapon

Martial Arts Jo staffMost martial artist start out with the three most common weapons.  jo staff, nunchaku and a sword associated with their respective styles.  Aside from the sword of course,  many of the traditional weapons are based form farm tools that people had around.  Most people were not allowed to own weapons so they developed skills using the things they had on hand.

A staff is as simple as it gets.  It’s a 5 to 6 foot pole.  It can be a broom, or a hockey stick or a long piece of cocobolo wood.  While the later would be the best for effect, anything will do.  you can buy good poles from just about anyone, great ones however are harder to find.

A sword is something that you have to explore separately as there are many kinds and many styles.  You can buy a $49 dragon sword based on something from a movie or you can sell your first born to a warlord and commission a $200,000 dollar sword.  That and everything in between, bottom line, you get what you pay for.  Your movie sword no matter how cool, will be ok for one cut in one fight.  It’s not combat steel and it is made of plastic and tin.swords

Nunchaku are a bit different.  Bruce Lee made them popular.  They can be found in many forms from a foam “nerf” like thing, to metal, to plastic with prism reflectors.  While you can get the basic concept with any of these, many of a modern mass produced models made of plastic would not be very effective in real life.  My first set was purchased online from some Asian martial arts outlet store.  My instructor had told us we would be using traditional Chinese roped octagon shaped nunchaku, so that is what I tried to buy.  What arrived in the mail a few days later can only be summed up as a an awful waste of $19 dollars.  I’ve never really even used them.  They were too fat, stained so they got tacky when you start to sweat, they were unstrung.  It too me all day to figure out how to string them up. Basically looked like what they were, cheap.  I’ve been making nunchaku for people ever since that day.  I nunchaku we make fit in your hands.  They are cut from beautiful hardwoods and they are oiled, polished and strung.  They are not for demonstration, they are for real.  They are for study in real martial arts classes on the topic of nunchaku.  They are also just like the ones that were fashioned from farm equipment 2000 year ago.

The concept is simple.  Learning a real weapon in martial arts means taking a serious attitude about what you plan to learn and how well you will be able to sue your skills should the need ever rise.

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