Structure of syllabus


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The most popular form of the nunchaku consists of two pieces of wood attached to each other by either a chain or simply a cord. It bears considerable similarities to a flail, a primitive agricultural implement used to thresh corn. The violent action of the flail may have given rise to the idea of a smaller version which could have been used for self defence. Okinawan peasants, who were forbidden by law to carry swords, considered the nunchaku a "portable bo" (staff) which could easily be concealed and which provided them with a means to defend themselves against armed bandits.

Nunchaku is an elective weapon from Nidan 3 onwards.

The nunchaku units available are listed below:


Structure of the syllabus




Unit 1

Nunchaku Drill: Simple familiarisation drill


Nunchaku drill (members only - click picture to download pdf)


Unit 2

Nunchaku Kihon: Basic nunchaku form.  Members can also download a pdf of the form.


Sempai Ash demonstrate Nunchaku kihon kata in 2005


Unit 3

Nunchaku Nagare Surechigai: "Flowing" form specialising in horizontal circular strikes.


Nagare surechigai


Unit 4

Nunchaku Nagare Furiage: "Flowing" form specialising in upward circular strikes.


Nagare furiage


Unit 5

Nunchaku Nagare Mawari: "Flowing" form specialising in defenses requiring turning to face an attack from the rear.


Nagare mawari


Unit 6

Nunchaku Taira: Nunchaku form developed by weapons master Shinken Taira.


Laoshi Bob demonstrates Taira nunchaku kata in 1988