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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the unexperienced beginner.
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...
Published on 16 Dec 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars Serious big holes missed out.!
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...
Published on 20 Mar 2001 by Dave


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2.0 out of 5 stars Serious big holes missed out.!, 20 Mar 2001
This review is from: Nunchaku: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense (Paperback)
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. For a beginner the book has very little text (I read it from cover to cover in under 30 min's), and many of the techniques are only half explained - and an awful lot is left out. Some photos are unclear. For the novice, What is explained is very simple and self-explanatory techniques, with little or no insight, again a lot of small things are missing (such as changing grip). If you can spin a pair of chucks around without killing yourself, then this book wont teach you anything that isn't blatantly obvious. For the serious martial artist, If you know anything about nunchaku techniques, my suggestion would be to write your own book. This is 1971 - and due for an overhaul. !
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the unexperienced beginner., 16 Dec 2001
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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
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars good for any student of karate, 7 Feb 2007
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Phelim Leahy "enthusiast" (spain) - See all my reviews
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this book is about the basics of a weapon that is difficult to use. there are good sections in this book. the section comparing basic karate technique to nunchaku technique is the best.this book is a guide only. to master all the techniques in this book would take a lot of training. but it will help you to get started. basic swinging, stances, blocks , strikes and 'pinches' are all here.good luck with the training!
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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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Basic Stuff !!!, 3 Feb 1999
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When this book arived i had already got one book and i thought this one would be much better to my suprise this book contained very few spinning tecniques and wasn't very advanced at all however if you are a complete begginer this book will help
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4.0 out of 5 stars book which you can understand the basic use of the nunchaku, 12 Aug 2000
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A very understandable book whitch gives you a keen knowledge of the background of the nunchakus. I must say to really get into the book is to do a martial art like karate. This way you know what sensei Demura is talking about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Nunchaku, 6 Oct 2007
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This book is an excellent source for students who have never held nunchaku. (Though I do recommend having an instructor teach you the basics). A great value when I bought it in 1971.
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