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Manufacturer: O'Hara Publications Inc
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8
EAN: 9780897500067
ISBN: 0897500067
Label: O'Hara Publications Inc
Manufacturer: O'Hara Publications Inc
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 1971-07-01
Publisher: O'Hara Publications Inc
Studio: O'Hara Publications Inc

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All-Japan Karate Champion Demura demonstrates the movements and fighting applications of the nunchaku. This book features gripping stances, blocking, striking, footwork, nunchaku and karate similarities, and more than 20 defenses against other weapons. Fully illustrated.


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Summary: Only the most basic of techniques
Comment: I have yet to find a decent book on nunchaku and this book is no exception. It covers only the most basic of techniques and that is my main issue with this book. What it covers is covered very well with good explanations and clear pictures but nowhere does this book indicate that it is only an introductory text to nunchaku. There is a follow-up to this book called advanced nunchaku which I haven't read but I believe that this is also fairly basic. I believe that this is a hole in martial arts texts that is waiting to be filled as people have always held an interest in the nunchaku due to their flashy nature - the problem is most people aren't particularly good at using them and they are dismissed as being a weapon for show with little practical application.

I've given this book 3 stars because it is the best book of its type out there that I have seen on nunchaku. Ultimately though it suffers from the same issue that all books on nunchaku suffer from - it is far from complete. As such it can only be recommended to the absolute beginner - someone who has never picked up a nunchaku before.

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Summary: Good BASIC Kobudo book
Comment: Fumio Demura's basic books on Kobudo (I have Nunchaku, Bo, Sai, Tonfa) are good. They include some historical data, basic stances and grips, as well as useful drills to train grips, blocks and thrusts. This book on basic Nunchaku, however, does not present a Kata with the weapon, as the Bo book does. Some more on Japanese nomenclature would have been great, also. Still, I recommend it for beginners.

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Summary: great introduction to an endless art
Comment: The pictures could not be easier to follow, the clarificatons and applications of each strike, swing, block or movement are nicely explained and demonstrated. Also the self defence application section is a great way to remain motivated. A beginners' form would be sweet to have. But its a great buy. And yes, I think you must have some martial art experience before you pick up this book.

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Summary: Hmmm...
Comment: this is a biased review... that's why I gave it 3 stars (average)... I'm not really interested in karate anymore and when I was, I didn't learn anything from reading this book. Unless you practice karate or a martial art requiring the use of Nunchaku, you're probably not going to learn anything from this book that you couldn't pick up from watching your favorite Bruce Lee movie...

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Summary: good choice for visual discipline
Comment: A continous step for improvement is discipline and visualization, with this book you will have a nice good visual guide to perform exercises to get you at beginner-intermediate levels on this ancient weapon, an enlightment for martial arts devotes.

Fostered by Master Fumio Demura lessons you will have the chance to discover numchaku can perfom as a natural extension of the body, a mastery that cannot be achieved else by training.

The book dated from 1971, with his simple look, methodic and short redaction,ilustrations in Black and White could led you to bad evaluation, keep focus that the book is an expression of japanese art, indeed it will portrait the functional purpose and beauty of simplicity that japanese culture evokes.


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