The nunchaku consists of two sticks connected by a short chain. The sticks are usually wooden or metal, although rubber and plastic ones also exist.
- Short range
- 3 feet
- 2 lbs
- Wood with steel chain
The nunchaku was a farming tool commonly used for thrashing grain. Like many other farming tools, it was occasionally adapted as an improvised weapon.
The nunchaku is a bludgeoning weapon that uses the momentum from a swing to increase the impact. However, tests have shown that some of the impact is absorbed by the weapon's flexibility. The weapon also requires a good deal of training to be effective in a fight. Many believe that the nunchaku was originally used in ancient China as a farming tool before being adapted in Okinawa to be used in battle. While famously depicted as a ninja weapon, the nunchaku were rarely used by armies of any kind except by protesting farmers or basic criminals.
Some historians believe that the nunchaku had virtually no historical use and was popularized primarily because of Bruce Lee.
- Shaolin Monks developed a similar and larger weapon known as a two or three-section staff.
- While the Nunchaku is too small for military use; the larger Chigiriki is essentially a Japanese variation of the Morningstar flail.