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 (nən-chä′ko͞o) or nun·chuck (nŭn′chŭk′) or num·chuck (nŭm′-)
n. often nunchakus or nunchucks or numchucks
A pair of hardwood sticks joined by a chain or cord and used as a weapon.

[Okinawan Japanese, probably from Taiwanese neng-cak, a type of farm implement : neng, two, paired (akin to Mandarin liǎng, from Middle Chinese liaŋ´) + cak, chisel (akin to Mandarin záo, chisel, from Middle Chinese dzak).]


1. (Martial Arts (other than Judo & Karate) & Combat Sports) martial arts
a. a throwing weapon consisting of two sticks linked loosely with a chain or fine rope
b. (as modifier): nunchaku weapons.
2. (Martial Arts (other than Judo & Karate) & Combat Sports) (as modifier): nunchaku weapons.


(nʌnˈtʃɑ ku)

n., pl. -kus.
Sometimes, nunchakus. an Oriental hand weapon consisting of two sticks joined by a chain or cord.
Also called nun-chucks (ˈnʌnˌtʃʌks)
[1965–70; < Japanese]
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His record achievements include Most valnuts crushed with elbow in one minute (128), Most spins of a fire staff in one minute (188) and most clay sporting targets broken in one minute by nunchaku (158).
They include Leonardo with his katanas and blue bandanna; Michelangelo with his nunchaku and orange bandanna; Raphael with his twin sai weapons and red bandanna; and Donatello with his bo staff and purple bandanna.
Martin, who is founder of the West Yorkshire based Chan School of Nunchaku, said: "Regardless of your level of training, if you do not have the right mindset, you are more likely to end up in conflict situations that could have been avoided, leading to physical altercations.
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Then, Mujataba Hasan stunned everyone on the spot by breaking 107 walnuts with nunchaku in one minute.
5-meter side-kicking statue of Lee and animation artist Shannon Ma will present a 3D hologram animation of Lee's nunchaku moves and kicks.
For example, California bans an extensive list of weapons and ammunition including: cane guns, wallet guns, undetectable firearms or firearms not immediately recognizable as a firearm, any ammunition which contains or consists of any flechette dart, any bullet containing or carrying an explosive agent, ballistic knives, nunchaku, short-barreled shotguns or rifles, metal, wood, or hard plastic composite knuckles, belt buckle knives, leaded canes, zip guns, shuriken, lipstick case knives, cane swords, shobi-zue, writing pen knives, and weapons colloquially known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy, sandclub, sap, or sandbag.
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Dane begins to swing the buckle in the air around him like nunchaku.
The woman said she had been attacked by the man who was brandishing nunchaku - two sticks connected at their end by a short string or chain - and to stop the attack she stabbed him with a knife she was carrying.
And the unique nunchaku battle with Danny Inasanto proves that Lee was years ahead of his time.