The nunchaku is actually an excellent martial arts tool designed to have improve motor skills along with ethics and concerns for other people in traditional martial arts schools. But it takes time to learn proper muscle memory to use the Okinawan kobudo weapon. Most bunkai (applications) use nunchaku as a pair of self-defense sticks with chain held within the hands and a small percentage of bunkai use nunchaku with release strikes. When some of us were growing up and learning martial arts in the 60s and 70s, it was common knowledge that if you wanted to get even with someone, you gave them a pair of nunchaku without instructions. In those days, all nunchaku were made from hard wood in garage shops and were brutal when a person began swinging them around, especially after the 1973 Bruce Lee movie when many wannabes tried to imitate Bruce Lee and bruised their heads, elbows, knees, shins - and ... well let's say, most are lucky that they were able to have kids. So, what is so wrong with this? We even heard one story back in the early 70s or a person apprehending themselves for the California police after they attempted to rob a bank with nunchaku. Stepping back from the teller to give a performance, the criminal struck himself in the head - but apparently did not receive any award for apprehending the bank robber. Sounds to me like we need to give these to all criminals.
In Kentucky, apparently a person can obtain a permit for concealed carry of nunchaku and shuriken. You might be able to get away with walking down a street with a submachine gun, but not a pair of sticks. In Arizona, nunchaku are listed with bombs, grenades, rockets, poison gas (does this include outhouses?), automatic weapons, sawed off shotguns. Apparently, lawmakers can't legislate stupid, even so, we are hopeful some common sense will prevail.
|Demonstration of Okinawan kobudo (nunchaku) at the |
University of Wyoming International Week.
So, whether its Bruce Lee, the Ninja Turtles, or an ex-girlfriend, we need to investigate just how dangerous nunchaku are before silly legislators outlaw a perfectly good martial arts tool. It seems that modern society is doomed to repeat history. After King Shoshin on Okinawa outlawed bladed weapons, Okinawa was invaded by samurai from Japan. And even the feared weapon by legislators today couldn't save the Okinawan people in the 17th century.