Foam, Rubber, Plastic, Wood or Metal Nunchaku?

Foam, Rubber, Plastic, Wood or Metal NunchakuWith so many Nunchaku available how do you decide the type of Nunchaku you want to buy. What are the options? Well, mainly you’ll be deciding on the material of the shaft and the link between the two shafts. You can read about the links in an article I wrote last month called Nunchaku cord vs chain. In this article we are discussing the choices of either foam, rubber, plastic, wood or metal nunchaku.

It’s hard to know where to start isn’t it. There are so many options and decisions, so let me help you through the process a bit. I’ll use my 27 years of training in martial arts to try and make things easier for you.

Firstly, lets get some easy ones out the way first. So what was the list?

Foam, rubber, plastic, wood or metal nunchaku

Rubber Nunchaku, actually aren’t very common, they are a hard plastic rubber that is a great middle step between hard Nunchaku and soft nunchaku. I have only ever seen one type of these so if you want some, there really isn’t any choice.

Also plastic nunchaku have come onto the scene recently. Some are called plexi-glass nunchaku, They can be all kinds of funky different colours, glittery, sparkly, glow in the dark. But are they any good to train with? Well, no! Not really, they don’t feel that nice to hold, they are slippery and actually look nasty, from my old-skool traditional perspective., of course. Kids love them, especially the one’s that flash in the dark. Not my cup of tea.

Foam, Rubber, Plastic, Wood or Metal NunchakuSo out of the Nunchaku cord vs chain. In this article we are discussing the choices of either foam, rubber, plastic, wood or metal nunchaku, we’re left with wood nunchaku and metal nunchaku. I also recently wrote about metal nunchaku in a previous article reviewing wood vs metal nunchaku, so I won’t cover it again here but metal has it’s own issues and is really just for a bit of fun. Similar to the plastic nunchaku I guess.

So out of the long list of foam, rubber, plastic, wood or metal nunchaku, we are left with foam and wooden nunchaku. Probably the two best options for nunchaku and thankfully to two most available on the market.

Foam nunchaku are perfect when you first pick up nunchaku, they can allow you to avoid so many bruises and bumps. Wacked elbows and back-of-head hurt, so any way to avoid that is great Purist traditional martial artists say those bumps and bruises teach you and stop you from making the same mistakes. I personally don’t agree, as it can really put people off and what all martial artists want is for people to enjoy martial arts so let’s avoid the injuries.

Foam nunchaku can also be brilliant when learning new tricks and techniques. The foam gives you the confidence to have a go and keep trying something until you have it. It can also allow you to experiment without the harsh punishment of a cracked skull.

So why would anyone in their sane mind want to move onto wood nunchaku? It’s a good question but here’s why.

There are not any other materials of nunchaku, amongst the foam, rubber, plastic, wood or metal nunchaku that give you the same benefits as wood.

Wood is light for it’s size, but also tough and will take being dropped, whacked and beaten over and over. It also feels great in your hand and the more you train with a certain pair, the wooden nunchaku will improve over time.

Be warned though switching from foam to wood can be a bit weird so make sure when you first buy you foam nunchaku you get a pair of a similar weight to what you will use when you switch up to wood nunchaku.

Enjoy your practice and I hope that helps you along the way to deciding over foam, rubber, plastic, wood or metal nunchaku.

If you want anymore information on foam, rubber, plastic, wood or metal nunchaku, you can contact me at:
Enso Martial Arts Shop
Tel: 0117 9425832
Email: doug@ensomartialarts.com
Website: www.ensomartialarts.com

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