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Hi Just starting out at 52 never used them before looks like in need 14 inch set. are there any that come with a cd to help you get going. padded or no pad chain on rope could someone help get me started THANKS john  
by: jcthebeginner
3/1/2010 8:45:50 PM
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Hi JC - it's great to hear that you are jumping into the nunchaku. Although there are no nunchaku that come with a dvd helper, there are some resources out there for you to consider. Two excellent choices include "Okinawan Kobudo: Nunchaku" (http://www.amazon.com/Nunchaku-Weapon-Okinawa-George-Alexander/dp/B00007MEYY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1268078671&sr=8-5), and "Nunchaku: Karate Weapon Of Self Defense" (http://www.amazon.com/Nunchaku-Karate-Weapon-Self-Defense-Demura/dp/B000FLTRMQ/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1268078671&sr=8-9).

Here are a few tidbits to help you get going though - many beginners enjoy using foam nunchaku as it helps reduce injury. The dynamics of this weapon often lead to little bumps and bruises and using a foam pair eliminates potential for injury. However, too much reliance on foam nunchaku will ultimately detriment your ability to use real wooden nunchaku, as wood behaves differently and must be handled differently.

When it comes to chain or rope - rope is generally considered the more traditional of the two, however many people enjoy chain (Especially since its popularization by Bruce Lee). Rope can be more easily replaced if it wears out. The length of that cord or chain should be roughly four fingers across (should be just long enough to dangle across your open pal with extra rope). Some people use shorter rope than that to increase their spin speed, but sacrifice a lot of practical application and weapon length.
by: okiken108    
3/8/2010 3:16:14 PM
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Best thing is find someone that knows how to use them. In the beginning and agreeing with okiken on the lenght of cord (I go 3 to 4 fingers myself) I would stay away from the foam, completely different feel and refrain from the flips and tricks at least for a while. If you do not know anyone, I would say check YouTube out for demos. Either way, if you use them alot, you will still occasionally get bumbs at times, hopefully not on the head though, I still do after even after 42 years. Another warning, striking a punching/kick bag with these inncorrectly, they will bounce back at you.
by: reboot_y2k
3/11/2010 10:21:18 PM
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