The transcript below is from the video “How to Fight w/ Nunchucks | Nunchaku” by Kung Fu & Tai Chi Center w/ Jake Mace.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

Hey guys it’s Jake Mace. Here are some of the nunchaku, I’m practicing with today. Of course nunchaku or nunchucks, japanese terms. I train Chinese martial arts. Usually we call it a [?] a two sectional stick. And everyone knows these weapons from Bruce Lee and of course… but also from Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And I have a few different varieties. I have about fifty pairs over in my storage behind the camera here and I’m just using one with a ball bearing today that has a chain. One with a cord that’s old-school style. And then a custom one that was made for me custom by master craftsman.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

Custom wood, custom bevel, custom string. For the past many years I’ve been uploading nunchaku tutorials for you guys here on YouTube, but the current climate of Instagram and snapchat and Facebook has allowed me to meet a lot of you digitally through social media and see how you are practicing. A hundred percent of you who have sent me videos of yourselves with or practicing with the nunchucks have incredible spirit and you guys have great energy. I would also say that 99% of you are practicing your nunchaku techniques incorrectly. That is you’re practicing them wrong. And so I wanted to clarify a few things in this video that will help you guys become a nunchuck master. especially as it pertains to real-world self-defense application using the nunchaku or the nunchucks. I love these old-school cord versions of Manchukuo but I’m going to save those for later.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

I’m gonna use the ball bearing one for the time being and I want you guys to always hold the nunchaku halfway or higher, so these two red little collars here on this nunchaku, you can see that they are for your hand to go against or a little bit below. I like to hold my hand right in the notch of that cut right there. I don’t care how many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle videos that you’ve watched or how many video games you’ve played where you’ve seen folks use the nunchaku, I want you guys to train the nunchaku very simply and very practically old-school style. And so I’m not really too concerned with you guys doing all the flippin moves, becoming nunchaku jugglers, I’m not too concerned about that. I want to know if you guys were attacked by somebody and you had to defend your life with this weapon, could you do it?

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

Could you save your life or somebody else’s life if it was in jeopardy? Of course these techniques and these moves are only used for self-defense, they also can be used every day for fitness and for giving you a very good hand-eye coordination. I do like the old-school Bruce Lee movies, because Bruce Lee if you notice didn’t get too flashy he has a few changes, a few overarm, underarm changes with the nunchaku, but he doesn’t get too much into the flipping it in the air, spinning around, catching out of the air. He always maintains hand control of his weapon. He always does a few practical spins. You’ll see him shooting somebody, you’ll see him smacking somebody. And the most razzle-dazzle Bruce Lee gets is a few overarm underarm changes, and he might even do a few changes around the waist. So I don’t want you guys to think that the nunchaku has to be juggled or has to be thrown in the air.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

I want you guys to get in a good solid stance like this, if you’re gonna copy me right now. And I want you to start with just a simple horizontal spin we call one spin. When I teach my beginning students at the third level the nunchaku, it’s their second weapon they learn. The bo-staff is number one. And I have them do this for quite a while and if you notice I’m not too close to my body. I don’t want to be too close right here. Alright. I’m also not a stiff arm, I’m not too far away. I want to be holding like I’m holding a tennis racket about to hit a tennis ball. I want the elbow to be connected to my hip, to be connected to my body and I want the power to come from my legs. So my feet are firmly gripping the ground, my knees are bent and I’m trying to get the whole body into it. I’m here on a very cold cloudy day in the Pacific Northwest on the border between America and Canada.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

And I’m just getting a good workout going on. I’m trying to stay warm. So I might do about 50 or 100 cuts like this. When I’m about 20 cuts in, I try to picture the bad guy. I just want to be smacking the weapon as if I’m hitting somebody in the head or hitting somebody in the elbow or hitting somebody in the knee. And I’ll just be nice and relaxed because when I fight for real, I want to be nice and relaxed. I want to have all my strength and all my speed. And relaxation does that. So head, elbow and knee and get about fifty to a hundred of these movements. Back and forth, back and forth different levels. After that I try to get comfortable with my chucks. And so I’ll do an up-and-down vertical strike. We call it number two move or number two technique. But I want it to bounce off of my tricep.  The tricep is the back of the arm. So the top red part of the Chuck, I showed you earlier, the part nearest to the chain is hitting my arm and it is slightly bouncing off.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

See how it just kind of bounces. It’s not actually striking me okay as a nunchaku master in training, you guys have to remember that it’s the bottom part of the Chuck that has all the power. That’s where all the power and all the velocity generates and kinetically moves from the earth into your body through your arm, out the weapon and culminates right there. And that’s what you want to hit your opponent with. Whether it’s a thrust or a smack. So when it hits you with this top part you’re safe. Nice and safe. Okay check it out. Let it bounce. Can you guys see that? So I’ll get about a hundred of these. And I can go as powerful and as fast as I want on these guys and I try to keep my other hand in my chest. Okay. I don’t want it to be all weird shaped or just down at the side. I want it to be in a disciplined position right here.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

And I get about a hundred of these but I’ll kind of turn. I’ll hit somebody to the left, forward, to the right okay and I’ll visualize my opponent. So if I ever do have to defend myself in real life, I’ve already done it in my mind a million times. That’ll give me the most likelihood possible of victory and of survival. And victory in the martial arts is surviving. And surviving without being maimed. Without being hurt. Okay so here we go. I’m going back and forth, fifty or a hundred repetitions. Then of course we have to change hands. We have to be ambidextrous. We have to use both hands. Everybody is a switch-hitter when it comes to my students at least for the nunchaku. So the first technique here, we’re going for different levels high, middle low and the nunchaku when it’s done the smacking fashion like this is considered a soft weapon. And since it’s a soft weapon and since the Chinese martial arts loves a yin and yang, we have to go to hard parts of the body when a smacking motion is done.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

So soft weapons equaling the skull, elbows or knees; the bony parts of the body. Okay fifty or a hundred times. And then of course getting comfortable with the nunchaku hitting you- number two move… number two technique- vertical strike. Going to the left going forward or going to the right. And again I keep a strong stance the whole time. I hate it when I see people just like showing off with Chuck, doing all kinds of fancy moves. It’s a big pet peeve of mine and a lot of you guys have been instagramming me at Jake mace Tai Chi and you’ve been showing off and I don’t like it. It just shows a lot of ego. I want somebody who’s calm, somebody who’s collected, who’s confident and comfortable on their own techniques and who is training the nunchaku not only to get in shape to learn hand-eye coordination, but also to use it as a general self-defense weapon in the future, if that situation were to come up. I would rather see you guys learn the 16 nunchaku techniques that I teach to beginners that are all inside my online school.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

You guys can join it for five bucks. You can get the link below this video. Okay now I’m starting to feel like my hand muscles are warming up, my body is getting warm and my mind is becoming focused as it needs to be for this weapon. So I want to unify left and right and do one of the only few transitional moves I do with the nunchaku which is a little underarm catch. And just a little bit of a vertical spin in between underarm catch a little pop and go underarm catch. And see if you guys can do I don’t know 50 of these without missing. And if you miss one like this and you miss it, you start over again. Okay if you get to 49 and you miss, I’m sorry you’re Sol. Start over again. So catch the other side and see if you can have a hundred percent success with your catches. Being in the cold weather here of the Pacific Northwest is actually harder than the deserts of Arizona where I used to live because if I miss and I hit my fingertips with the Chuck, it’s very cold and it hurts a lot more. Then you can try to tighten it up and do no vertical spins in between.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

Only catches, this is a great transition because at some points when you’re fighting with the nunchaku, you have to transition from left to right side but I don’t want you guys to ever take your hands off the weapon. Okay keep your weapon. This is a great move to learn how to do that. Transition while maintaining control. 100 times. Here we go. And the final practical technique for this video is going to go back to our vertical spin. Number two right here. And we’re going to catch it on the way down under our arm. You see that. Up catch, up catch. Look at it from the side. Up catch and then it sticks out the back. Up catch, up catch. Keep it going. If it pops out like this does not count. Start all over again each time you have to catch it so that the Chuck is sticking out toward the person behind you. For those of you who follow my iron bone and iron palm iron face and iron body videos and instructional tutorials here on my YouTube channel, the nunchaku is definitely in the category of iron body training because it will make you tough.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

Right now it’s smacking against my ribs, my armpit these weak areas of the body so if you train the nunchaku as well as the bo staff as well as the chain whip as well as the spear as well as the sword, the three sectional, the daggers; all these weapons will make you a stronger human, a more capable human, a more athletic human and they’ll also make you tougher physically. Once we’ve caught it I want you guys to snap it, shoot it out and back. And every time we shoot we’re gonna also catch it in the exact same position. Set the Chuck sticks out toward the person sneaking up on us behind. And when you guys wear a gi, a full-on gi or martial art uniform and you punch, your sensei or your shifu will always talk about this snap you want to create. The snap you want to create with your kicks, the snap you want to create with your punches. That pop pop… pop pop. That snap. It’s a quintessential sound and a quintessential technique in the martial arts to create that pop that snap. We want to also hear the snap with the nunchaku. So listen to the sound of it. It’s a lot of force on the hand, a lot of force on the under part of the arm and the ribs.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

And this is gonna be the technique with the nunchuck. We just consider it a hard technique. It’s shooting out hitting somebody and coming back in. So since it’s a hard technique, we want to aim this one to soft parts the body like the midsection, the neck, the groin, anything that is soft will definitely feel the effect of this shoot. Okay, I need you guys to work on these techniques then I’m going to film another nunchaku tutorial for you guys tomorrow and I’ll meet you back here on my channel to show you guys some higher-level techniques. But you have to get these ones down for our strong stance. Okay, really strong stance use your whole body and visualize that opponent in front of you and I want you guys to survive.

Jake Mace (Kung Fu & Tai Chi YouTube Channel):

Please guys if you haven’t already, consider subscribing to my channel for more videos like this and hit the bell button down below which turns on my channels notification so that when I put out a new nunchuck video you guys won’t miss it you’ll get a notification on YouTube, saying hey check out this nunchuck video, it’s pretty sweet. Give me a comment down below and let me know do you like the nunchaku, the bo staff or a gun? Which of those three weapons is most effective in the real world? And I always go down there and read all the comments. I’ve got some excellent nunchaku like this that I found with my friends over at karate-mart. I’ll put a link down below. You guys can check them out. I would recommend going to their nunchaku page and just picking out any of their nunchaku as long as it’s legal to have nunchaku where you live. Whether it’s a chain pair or a cord pair, you get a few of each. They’re very inexpensive and they’re a very fun weapon to play with and train with every day and they will make you better at sparring, because they will over train you to be a better athlete, a stronger individual and a much better and sharper human being




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