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Nunchaku: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense [Paperback]

Fumio Demura
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications (1 July 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897500067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897500067
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this classic text, martial arts icon Fumio Demura demonstrates with hundreds of detailed photographs and illustrations the fluid striking, blocking, twisting, and pinching techniques of this simple but versatile weapon. He delves into the nunchaku's history, explores its complex relationship with karate, and explains how to care for the weapon. No study of karate would be complete without nunchaku training, and no karate should be without this must-have manual.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Serious big holes missed out.! 20 Mar 2001
By Dave
This book has several flaws, and they are big ones. The book is a small paperback. Despite its colour glossy cover, is illustrated in black and white photos. Most are clear enough, with each technique shot from several angles. However, this was in 1971 and hence some photos of men in white Gi's against a white background aren't too good. But overall the photos are ample and clear. Text however is almost non existent, each page has only a few words (if any), and most relies on the photos. More description and tips would have been helpful, especially for the beginner. The book does refer to similarities with karate, which is good, but the correct karate terminology should be used. The first big flaw is that the book describes how to defend and counter attack using nunchaku. This is ok. but once you have counter attacked, you are left standing around with your nunchaku dangling. There is no conclusion to the moves explaining how to return the original stance, and regain control of the chucks after the strike. In this respect many of the techniques are in effect only half explained, and a novice is left with an unfinished technique. Also, some techniques use a normal grip and some use a reverse grip. Yet there is nothing described in the book about how to change grip from one to the other. The book contains no katas, to practice. Most of the techniques described are relatively self-explanatory and basic common sense. E.g., using one stick to strike to the top of an opponent's head, using two sticks to strike to the top of an opponent's head, using one stick to strike to the side of an opponent's head. Etc you get the idea. You don't really need pages of photos to teach you that. I should point here that Demura also has an "Advanced" nunchaku techniques book (I haven't seen). In summary. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the unexperienced beginner. 16 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This book is a must have for anyone who wants to know all the basic nunchaku moves and has no previous experience. However, nearly every move is common sense, and all though well explained, the content could be achieved from watching a martial arts movie in depth. If the user has any experience whatsoever before the purchase of this book, i would not recommend it. Buy something more advanced unless you are a serious beginner!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars basically common sense 29 Nov 2000
you could easily figure out the attacking and blocking moves yourself but if you want a basic book about various stances and "grasping" positions then at the price you wont be too dissapointed. the author fails to encourage the reader to learn more about this weapon which is a shame. maybe the advanced book would be more useful and interesting. the pictures and explanations are adequate but surely you know how to swing a nunchaku ( you lift up your arm and swing ) and dont need to spend money for an "expert" to tell you such a ridiculously basic thing. you could probably learn more from a bruce lee film but thanks anyway mr.demura.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beginners guide to a most amazing weapon. 23 Sep 1999
This is a brilliant book for all those of you that are thinking of stepping into the world of the nunchaku, or have just taken that first step. Demura gives an extensive introduction, including the history of the weapon, the different variations of design, and how to grip it. The book covers all the basic moves, swings, strikes, grasps, blocks, counter-strikes, etc. all with good quality clear photos showing the move. Demura covers every aspect of the weapon to get a begginer swinging it about like a pro, and also shows how the moves can be put into prctical use. If you already practice karate then this will help as Demura shows how the nunchaku can be turned into an extension of the arm, in simple blocks and strikes. In summary this is a brilliant introduction into the complex, amazing, and deadly world of the nunchaku. A must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 4 July 2014
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As always Fumio Demura's book is excellent. Personally for me the Nunchaku is the trickiest weapon to get the hang off, much more then the Sai or Tonfa, which are closely linked to my style, but if you keep reviewing over the book and practise the basic movements through the easy to follow guides and pictures then you should grasp this pretty quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in showing the basic fighting moves 9 Jan 2014
By Keith
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This is a book for fighting with nunchucku rather than learning tricks, therefold it concentrates more on blocks, traps and chokes. This series has been successfully used for many years and remains one of the best.
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