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Spartacus Maximus
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't practise weapons anymore but when I did, I was always recommended to use a heavy weapon for practise. The idea is that heavy practise weapons allow the learner to develop fast, strong and controlled movement. This idea is frequently used throughout history and is universally known. I have read historical accounts of warriors and soldiers training with practise weapons that were slightly heavier than the actual weapons used.

For any wooden weapon I would prefer a dense hardwood like maple, ash or hickory or oak.
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Alan Armstrong
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also once lived for Nunchku in the early 1970s.

Would cut up wooden broom handles and then attache the chain. Would need to pick out the wood slivers from my triceps on a regular basis.

Lost count the amount of times I've cracked my head with them.

Eventually tried out all the nunchkus available. Wood and foam filled.

Settled for rosewood with flat edges attached with rope.

Then modified the rope idea for many strands of fishing line; the amout of torque I could produce was unbelievable; chain, rope or nylon would all sooner or later break.

Drill some holes near the bottom and it is possible to make them whistle.

Won a third place position using two nunchukus at the same time in a Karate tournament; in the early 1980s.

Nunchuku is illegal where I live now, so that's that!
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Spartacus Maximus
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For training nunchaku, a heavy and dense wood is best. Personally, I find maple, ash or ironwood is a great choice
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spartacus Maximus wrote:
For training nunchaku, a heavy and dense wood is best. Personally, I find maple, ash or ironwood is a great choice
I agree. You can use the "head test" to make sure its a hard, durable wood. If, when you are slinging them around, and you bonk your head, and your first reaction is to cuss and throw them across the room, then you've found the right wood.


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