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Amazing guide, teaches very very well.
on 12 May 2004
The previous reviewers of this book seem to have not read the whole thing, and have ignored key parts of it; with comments such as "the pictures dont corellate" yet all of the images do, with a full explanation of what is going on for each technique. I also noticed a complaint saying "it does not say what each movement is for", i would like to ask these reviewers... can you actually read? or did you just look at the pretty pictures?
The book starts off with a brief history of nunchaku and okinawa, then an explanation of "kata" and "saburi"
Now if the previous reviewers had read the book properly, and not ignored the explanation of saburi, they would KNOW what the movements are for.
Saburi "self practice of the weapon to build coordination and improve speed and skill, practiced until its natural movement" (a shortened version of it)
Each of the movements in the beginning, (and some later on) are to build your coordination and ability with the nunchaku without the need of a training partner. These later on can be used in striking etc. Without training like this no coordination will be built and the nunchaku are a lot more dangerous for a user. Noone is a master right away.
After the first set of saburi you get some brief partner training oarts, against knife and empty hand. As before each image has a full explanation of whats going on and how to do it, and if you think that this isnt explaining what the purpose of the movement is for... then i think you should perhaps put down your nunchaku and not use them again, because it is VERY clear what is going on.
After this there is an explanation of stances, and it continues into more advanced saburi, then a full kata.
Personally i have found this book a godsend, and it has helped me get used to the usage of the nunchaku (and a lot less headaches from movement problems, such as hitting myself in the back of my head and seeing strange black dots) and has helped build confidence. The book is laid out well too, starting you with movements which arent too hard, but with things which arent patronising.
There are many nunchaku guides availible, and i would recommend checking them all out to find the one which helps you the most, but this is NOT badly laid out, and all the images DO go together, and it is a very very good book. A lot better then a DVD i bought on the same subject.
Five stars is not enough