These techniques are old and out dated... for a start the videos shown have the user holding the nunchuku at the wrong end, as they're far more effective if you hold them close to the chain as this makes them easier to control.
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I teach traditional Shorin Ryu Okinawan Karate, and I have a few comments. First, the nunchaku is not a traditional karate weapon - karate literally means "empty hand(ed)." Second, the weapon did indeed have it's origin in agriculture - much like the European flail - but it was never a choice weapon in Okinawa (or Japan, before or after Okinawa was conquered and annexed). When a ruling Shogunate made it a crime for peasants to own weapons, the common people had to get creative in defending themselves from bandits and errant samurai. This meant that most peasants had to improvise with farming equipment or tools of another trade. The nunchaku was used as one of many covert weapons by the Iga and Koga ninja clans to resist the Tokugawa faction in the 1500s and is more properly classified as a Ninjutsu (Ninjitsu/Ninpo) weapon than a karate weapon. Thirdly, the basic blocks, strikes and patterns presented in this app are actually not bad. But it gives beginners no information on the purposes or applications behind various techniques; there is no explanation of what you should use against an unarmed opponent vs an opponent with a sword vs multiple opponents, etc. - if you use block three (Jodan Uke) against a basic vertical strike from a katana, you most likely won't live to make the same mistake again; however, against a sword thrust, blocks four and five (Soto Uke and Naka Uke blocks) provide defense adequate to give you time and space for a counterstrike, especially from an aggressive forward stance. With proper training, a single nunchaku is a very respectable weapon for defense even against other weapons including the sword. (side note: ninja did not fight with one in each hand - this would defeat the purpose of its use as a weapon of versatility and strategy, and reduces it to a very short range momentum weapon - you're better off fighting with a tree branch.) This is a decent app to learn how to move your hands when learning to use the nunchaku, but like any app, video or book on martial arts mechanics, it is no substitute for actual training with a teacher who will tell you what you're doing wrong and how to fix it (insert plug for dojo and phone number here). The app is fine if you're learning weapons katas for showmanship tournaments or to impress your friends with a flashy show, but if your goal is to use a nunchaku for combat, you're going to want to find a dojo that teaches it - and it doesn't have to be a traditional Ninjutsu dojo either. As pointed out in the app's intro, there are plenty of good teachers of different styles who have incorporated this weapon into their repertoire and made it their own. So, if you're serious about your training and learning real world applications for traditional weapons in self defense, find a good dojo and go for it!
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Ehhh... The quick and I do mean quick gifs were nice, but no explanation is not so nice. And not a fan of being whooshed off to YouTube to continue however. If I wanted YouTube, I would of went there myself and searched. Still though there are some helpful things here, so I will leave with a 3. Could be much better though.
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