In the 1970’s, Bruce Lee’s film Enter the Dragon gave the western world its first glimpse of the ancient martial arts weapon the nunchaku. The strange twirling weapon was comprised of two sticks held together by a small chain. It had the ability to strike an opponent from long range or choke him while in close quarters.

This weapon, however, was not a construct of the film. Its origins date back many years to previous centuries.

While most think of classical Chinese, Okinawan, and Japanese martial arts along the lines of empty hand systems such as Jujitsu, weapons were a significant part of all combat styles. Most of these weapons derived from farming implements as many martial artists were also peasant farmers.

Some sketchy historical records note the nunchaku originated from modifying a staff into sections linked with a chain for use as a weapon. However, most research into the subject points to the nunchaku as being used primarily as a farming tool for threshing rice and soy.

Where did the Nunchaku Originate?

Contrary to popular belief, the nunchaku did not originate in Okinawa as many assume. The nunchaku originated in the Song Dynasty in China and later made its way to Okinawa in the 17th century. (The Japanese term nunchaku derives from the southern Chinese term no-chiat kun) But, how did the nunchaku develop into a martial arts device? Because weapons were illegal in Okinawa, the nunchaku “farm implement” was incorporated into karate and jujitsu weaponry systems. Since it was primarily used for farming, the nunchaku would not be confiscated by the authorities.

Do to its exotic nature and cinema exposure the nunchaku is still studied in modern dojos, although sometimes know as the westernised nunchucks. Arguably due to popular movie culture, it’s one of the most popular martial arts weapon ever devised.


This is a genuine traditional pair and very affordable! Made of hardwood and durable nylon string this pair of Nunchaku are the right choice when beginning the journey of Okinawan Kobudo. When tested this weapon was great with speed, durability, and almost no kickback when aimed at hard surfaces . Every single pair is made with correct specifications and pride. In addition you can get them in 12 and 14 inches and hardwood and black colors. If you’re looking for a great pair of affordable Nunchaku this is the right choice for you!





This round ball speed grip Nunchaku is made by Sakura Martial Arts and its made with the best materials. Groved handles give ya a great feeling and grip for a great performance and precision. They come in natural finish and solid black for those stealthy operations. Made of natural hardwood with a stainless steel ball chain this pair is definitely right up there with other brands that go for sometimes 3 times the amount. While testing this pair we noticed that it was fast and of great craftsmanship and for being a ball chain Nunchaku it had almost no kickback . This is definitely a great pair to keep around the Dojo . Please leave your reviews!



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