When explaining the origin of the nunchaku, we need to follow different historical paths which lead us to ancient history and direct us towards research of various old stories and tales. With their help, we are able to follow the facts which take us to the history of the development of the nunchaku.

Although it was an agricultural tool which was made out of two connected sticks shaped like a wheat, rice or soy flail, it was used in different parts of the world, such as Gallia, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, India etc.

Today we can, with upmost certainty, say that China is the country where a specific kind of flail (two connected sticks) has originated from. It was used as a tool, but also as a weapon which is today used in martial arts under a well- known name- nunchaku (双截棍). A number of facts dating from different historical periods go in favor of that thesis. Exploring various old legends, we are bound to come across and find out about this one.

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A wooden nunchaku once owned by legendary martial arts film star Bruce Lee went for a whopping $83,200 last week at Julien's Auctions. Sold during the two day Hollywood Legends & Luminaries/Hollywood Sci-fi, Action, Fantasy and More event, the nunchaku was estimated to value around $2,000 but brought in more than 40 times that amount.

It's been reported the weapon was in the possession of Lee's student, Taky Kimura, who passed away earlier this year. Though it doesn't appear to have ever been used on film, Kimura certified the nunchaku was owned by Lee from the mid 1960s up until his death in 1973 and the actor regularly practiced with it. The highest ticket item at the auction was a Walther P5 pistol used by Sean Connery in his final appearance as superspy James Bond during the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, which sold for $106,250.

I can't remember the day I was handed my first pair of nunchaku, but looking back 19 years later I know we were meant to find each other.

However, I do remember they were made by two older brothers (who were students at the studio) from a thin piece of PVC pipe and small thin rope from Home Depot. They were covered in dark blue chrome (which was my favorite color back then). To this day, I still keep them as a reminder of how far I've come from that point in time. I have gone from using homemade nunchaku and representing the studio's competition team, competing at local tournaments, to representing the most prestigious competitive martial arts team in the world (Team Paul Mitchell). I had the honor of being Matt Emig's (in my opinion, undoubtedly the best nunchaku practitioner there is) first private student. Without his inspiration, I wouldn't be the same "chucker" I am today. Pridefully, throughout years and years competing on the NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) circuit, I have become one of the most renowned female martial arts competitors. I've earned numerous world champion titles, set records, and have become a coach to students all over the country. I inspire numerous girls to compete in sport karate and to have confidence in their ability to use nunchaku.

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Sammy Smith, Co-Founder of Black Belt Magazine's NEW online course Sport Karate University, goes live to share some nunchaku skills that have helped her win numerous world championships!

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