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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
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on 3 January 2013
Thought as an extra present for Christmas I would get this book. Bought it knowing it was second hand but the price was nice and it was thought a good addition to accompany some practice nun chucks. Unfortunately it was delivered with the cover bent which was down to the shipping. The book itself was also difficult to read as the pictures were small and black and white. Not bad for the price but for a step by step guide not great.
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on 3 February 1999
The tecniques in this book at first seem quite simple and unchallanging how ever ytou must take into account that these tecniques are just ideas and can be incorperated into you nunchaku style. I got another nunchaku book and it was no where near as good. It contains a good variety of locks and tecniques so i give it four
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on 3 June 2013
The book consist mainly of photographs and very little text which is a big plus if you want to study the different movements which the demonstrators perform. However the picture quality is so bad in most of them that you are simply unable to see the nunchaku positions and in many instances also not the demonstrator who wears a white martial arts suit!
Best advice - Look somewhere else if you want photographs that makes the positions clear because this one fails miserably in its task.
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on 24 October 2004
This is a very good guide for people starting out, you have to read the text as well as look at the photos and then its easy to follow and plents of moves to learn
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on 26 July 2015
Bought for my husband who likes it and says it's a good basic book on the traditional method of using the nunchaku.
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on 27 September 2015
Great!
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on 29 October 1998
It would have been better if they showed what each move could be used for. And it wasn't very complete
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on 4 November 1998
It doesn't tell you what each move is used for. Sometimes the pictures don't correlate, making it hard to follow. I suggest "The Basic Training Guide".
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