Monday, February 10, 2014

DIY Arnis Nunchaku and Testing

I've been into nunchaku lately and over the last 5 years or so, I've accumulated quite a sizeable collection. Anyway, I recently bought my first paracord wooden nunchaku just to get a feel for how an authentic wooden pair handles. I mostly practice actual combat-applicable strikes along with the basic passes and switches - although I do enjoy doing wrist rolls on ocassion... anyway, I recently saw this video by Skallagrim on the futility of banning nunchaku because they're extremely easy to make and people who acquire them legally want to use them for martial arts and not for committing crimes... good stuff, but what really caught my attention is how quickly he managed to make workable nunchaku out of two wrenches, a chain and a carabiner.

So I thought... why don't I make my own pair out of my two arnis sticks? Good idea, me! Here's a little step-by-step on how I did it.
Materials I used. Sorry, I forgot to take a pic of the arnis sticks prior to sawing them off.
Here are the materials I used:
-2 arnis sticks
-Measuring tape
-Black marker pen
-My legitimate kamagong (ironwood) nunchaku
-The cord from an old shopping bag
-A small hand-saw
-2 small closed round hooks (bought in a set of 10 from a local hardware store)

And the steps:

1. Measure the length of the kamagong nunchaku with the measuring tape and then mark the 2 arnis sticks at the same length for cutting.

2. Using the hand-saw, saw off the ends of the arnis sticks along the markings made earlier.

3. Screw in one round hook at one end of each of the arnis sticks.

4. Thread the cord into the hooks to attach the sticks together and make a good strong knot. Make sure that the length of the cord in-between the sticks is about the same as the width of the palm of your hand. You can make them longer if you want a more combat-oriented nunchaku.

5. Profit!

Ok, so here is the finished product. I added in some orange electrical tape to serve as a sort of handle and make the nunchaku more aesthetically appealing. 
Not bad for a 15-minute hack job, eh?
The type of wood used for the arnis sticks is very light, thus, the nunchaku itself is very fast and light and great for spinning and freestyle stuff. Don't get me wrong, though. This thing can be used as a serious weapon as well.

Anyway, on to the test video!
I'm not too satisfied with the way I attached the cord. I might replace it with a legitimate chain later. Otherwise, the hooks are strong and stable, and the nunchaku as whole works pretty well.

Edit: Here's how the nunchaku looks right now with chains. Plan to make a three section staff the same way soon.

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