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Self-Defense Tip #84 — Using Flexible Weapons: Nunchaku

Now a word about flexible weapons. Most flexible weapons are blunt—I know, there are flexible swords and composite weapons consisting of chain and a blade, but the likelihood of encountering one of those is slim. (Then there are piano-wire garrotes, but that’s a topic for another day.)

As with nonflexible blunt weapons, flexible weapons must be applied forcefully.

Fighters who successfully use flexible weapons are those who thoroughly dominate their opponents. The more flexible the weapon, the more important the dominating mind-set.

As an example of a flexible weapon I chose the nunchaku (so setsu kon) because it is generally known, can be easily made, and in my opinion is the most versatile among flexible weapons—it can whack, stab, choke, or strangle as well as pinch and crush limbs.

The videos below show the variety of techniques possible with the nunchaku.

Bag work

Breaking an arm

Practice form

Sparring against long pole

Applying any of the techniques mentioned above is your sole responsibility.

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The reader or viewer assumes all risks and hazards of injury or death to herself, himself, or others, as well as any resultant liability for the use of the techniques and methods contained in this self-defense tip.

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Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

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3 Responses to Self-Defense Tip #84 — Using Flexible Weapons: Nunchaku

  1. Mark says:

    Could you please expand on why you believe the nunchukas are the most versatile flexible weapon?


  2. External Focus vs. Internal Focus and Nunchaku | Tom Kurz's Weblog says:

    […] More info on on nunchaku as a weapon, not a twirling toy, is in Self-Defense Tip #84 — Using Flexible Weapons: Nunchaku. […]


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