From Humble Beginnings to Iconic Status

Whenever the nunchaku is mentioned, martial artists usually will recall fight scenes of Bruce Lee from any of his legendary movies. The speed, accuracy, innovation, and charisma in how he used nunchakus on the silver screen has inspired much imitation over the years. Even though his use of the weapon may have introduced it to the world and popularized it, the nunchaku is a traditional Japanese weapon that is commonly said to have been developed by humble farmers in Okinawa. Although the true origin is unclear, the most popular story told is that at a time when invading Japanese warlords banned conventional weapons in Okinawa, the farmers converted their tools

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