“ Type: Combat Sports „
Hi there, this is a review of the nunchucks made out of foam. These particular nunchucks are made in china, and I bought a pair off ebay for around £5 including delivery (a very competitive price, most decent foam nunchucks will cost you more, but for reasons I will come onto, I ended up buying a separate pair which I might do a review on that cost £10).
Ok, so to start off with, those of you that do not know, nunchucks (or nunchaku) are a martial art weapon, and there are 2 varieties, a chinese one and japanese one, one with metal chain and round wood, and the other which is sort of hexagonal shaped handles with rope between the two. However these days you can buy a mix and match style between the two. That said, the round handle is most common.
As I am a novice, and totally self taught in nunchaku (using internet videos etc), I found I kept hitting and hurting myself with my wooden ones, and a few clicks online and i found these foam ones. I figured I should get used to the moves before trying them with wooden ones!
The product does well in this respect. You can whack youself at full power, and barely feel the impact, as they are so light. However, because they are so light, some of the moves do not "feel the same" on wooden chucks. Furthermore it gives the illusion you can do things at lightening speed, as there is no real resistance fighting against you.
Another slight problem with the nunchucks is that the chain isn't very good. Ideally with nunchucks you want a friction free connection between the two chucks (the batons). On these nunchucks, its not totally resistence free, and the connection has a solid chink in the first chain connection. Its nothing that makes it unuseable, but it means that every few swings the chuck has a tendency to flip is a slightly different direction. However I suppose in a way this helps you practice for unexpected things.
My final naggle with these nunchucks is the build quality. Of the first day on of the ends of one of the chucks fell off. I didn't mind too much, but this means that if you swing the thing too hard, the foam inserts start to come out. I temporarily fixed this with some superglue, but it seems to be happening once again.
So in summary, cheap price, too light, not well made, and poor links.
I would recommend this as a toy, for young children to practice, beginners, or if you are unsure about getting into nunchaku, for its light weight and low cost. If you are a bit more serious, buy a heavier, better made pair like i did. So overall i give this 3/5 stars.