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on 16 October 2003
Advanced NunChaku goes through a variety of different techniques with the NunChaku beginning with various methods of holding the nunchaku and including swinging and striking techniques, changing hand positions and grasps on the nunchucks, double flips, combinations, double nunchaku's, idea's for self defence and kata.
The book mainly comprises of a large amount of pictures following step by step through the various moves with an explanation of how to accomplish the move to the left of the pictures.
The main strong points of the book are the parts on self defence which uses some nice techniques including that of against knife attacks, punches and various grabs. The rest of the book is a good basic learning source with a variety of techniques thrown in to each range making it alright however its strong point i think the 12 self defence techniques.
The weakness of the book are that firstly it is a book ;) well just that as a book it is a lot harder to follow than various videos, as a book will need more concentration and figuring it out in general to understand than a video would. The other weaknesses of the book is that it doesn't cover two aspects of the Nunchucks, the first and more important is that choking techniques are not included and neither are (less important) bloking techniques. Choking is a very important feature of the nunchucks and that is disappointedly not included in the book.
The Book itself isn't at all bad just that there are easier ways to pick up aspects of the NunChucks than this book.
Overall If your learning for the first time My advice would be to get a video as the techniques would be easier to pick up and follow , however if not an extra source is always handy and it does contain a large amount of referances for wider reading on the back cover. There are some good websites such as :[...] which contain videos of a large variety of techniques which are done probably a tad to fast to follow easily but are alright + they are free ;)