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Using fire requires great caution and should not be done in any way. Here are a few guidelines to follow.

WARNING, the activity proposed in this sheet requires the implementation of specific safety rules. Therefore, it must be supervised by competent people.

THE FUEL
The juggler’s fuel is Kerdan, it has many advantages:

It is inexpensive (1€/L),
It burns slowly and preserves the flies,
It is also not very dangerous if a few safety rules are followed.
You will find Kerdan in all the large DIY stores (in the chemical products section with methylated spirits, degreasers…).

Never use any other fuel (petrol, alcohol…) the visual rendering is very disappointing, especially on the juggler (because of the scars resulting from skin grafts).

SAFETY RULES
It is imperative that these safety rules be followed scrupulously:

Use Kerdan (it burns badly at low temperature)
Don’t skip the steps, learn to control your equipment without fire.
Always juggle close to a water source.
Always juggle close to someone who can help you in case of a problem.
Do not juggle if the ground is too dry.
Don’t juggle indoors (even if the ground is not carpeted;o) )
Drain your torches before lighting them because incandescent droplets can form.
Anticipate the reactions of your audience (and especially always keep an eye on your material that will attract the youngest ones)
Don’t neglect your safety and the safety of the public.
Tie up your hair.
Ban synthetic clothing.
If Kerdan is swallowed, call the poison control center immediately with the product label nearby.

Never forget that Kerdan is a harmful product (you know, the black cross on an orange background). Avoid contact with skin, eyes and mucous membranes. If contact does occur, rinse with plenty of water.

You may one day see jugglers using colored flames. Be aware that it is possible but the necessary products are very hard to find and above all extremely toxic and harmful, this is why we do not talk about it here.

Source : Le Feu en jonglerie — LaToileScoute

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Nunchaku is an art which is declined in different sports disciplines:

Fighting Nunchaku:

Fighting Nunchaku was created by the French karateka, Pascal VERHILLE in 1980. By studying the different styles and techniques, he created a new method, the “NUNCHAKU DE COMBAT”.

Based on the maximum efficiency of Nunchaku, he gives names to some specific movements that he classifies in “handling” and “attacks”.

He developed 4 Katas, and several exercises such as the “29 maneuvers” and the “39 attacks”.

Competitions in combat are organized thanks to foam Nunchakus allowing the competitors to face each other without danger.

Three types of combat result from it, the “touch combat” related to the fencing, the “semi contact”, and the “full-nunch” related to the box.

The Nunchaku Nenbushi ː

In 1990, Pascal VERHILLE authorizes Marcel RIFFE to use the bases of the Fighting Nunchaku to work a method adapted to the children he named Nenbushi.

The kata nunchaku :

The practitioner learns a succession of movements requiring a great technique and a great precision, then he executes these sequences as if he was fighting against an imaginary opponent.

The artistic nunchaku or freestyle nunchaku (free style):

This time, the goal is not the fight, but purely a question of aesthetics. Nevertheless, this style requires an extreme mastery and a very great technique. It is a question of executing sequences gathering basic handling associated with juggling techniques, using one or two nunchaku, in rhythm to music.

The nunchaku boxing :

Method of combat created in the 1980s in Marseille (France) which consisted of assaults feet / fists and nunchaku foam, giving the possibility of having three distances of combat. Nunchaku boxing fights were fought in three rounds of two minutes each (five rounds for the finals).

The accepted techniques were those of Full-contact (kicks above the belt, sweeps and fist techniques of English boxing), reinforced by the nunchaku blows of which about twenty had been codified. Only pricks to the face and throat, as well as strangulations were forbidden.

This discipline saw several championships of France then of Europe, before being prohibited at the end of the 1990s.

Source : Wikipedia

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Le Nunchaku est un art qui se décline en différentes disciplines sportives :

Le Nunchaku de combat : 

Le Nunchaku de combat a Ă©tĂ© crĂ©e par le karatĂ©ka français, Pascal VERHILLE en 1980. En Ă©tudiant les diffĂ©rents styles et techniques, il crĂ©era une nouvelle mĂ©thode, le “NUNCHAKU DE COMBAT”.

BasĂ©e sur l’efficacitĂ© maximum du Nunchaku, il donne des appellations Ă  certains mouvements spĂ©cifiques qu’il classe en “maniements” et en “attaques”.

Il dĂ©veloppa 4 Katas, et plusieurs exercices tell que les “29 maniements” et les “39 attaques”.

Des compĂ©titions en combat sont organisĂ©es grĂące Ă  des Nunchakus en mousse permettant aux compĂ©titeurs de s’affronter sans danger.

Trois types de combat en dĂ©coulent, le “combat Ă  la touche” apparentĂ© Ă  l’escrime, le “semi contact”, et le “full-nunch” apparentĂ© Ă  la box.

Le Nunchaku Nenbushi ː

En 1990, Pascal VERHILLE autorise Marcel RIFFE Ă  utiliser les bases du Nunchaku de Combat pour travailler une mĂ©thode adaptĂ©e aux enfants qu’il nomma Nenbushi.

Le nunchaku de kata :

Le pratiquant apprend une succession de mouvements demandant une grande technique et une grande prĂ©cision, puis il exĂ©cute ces enchaĂźnements comme s’il se battait contre un adversaire imaginaire.

Le nunchaku artistique ou nunchaku freestyle (style libre) :

Cette fois, le but n’est pas le combat, mais purement une question d’esthĂ©tique. NĂ©anmoins, ce style demande une extrĂȘme maĂźtrise et une trĂšs grande technique. Il s’agit d’exĂ©cuter des enchaĂźnements regroupant des maniements de base associĂ©s a des techniques de jonglable, Ă  l’aide d’un ou deux nunchaku, en rythme sur de la musique.

Le nunchaku boxing : 

MĂ©thode de combat crĂ©Ă©e dans les annĂ©es 1980 Ă  Marseille (France) qui consistait en des assauts pieds / poings et nunchaku en mousse, donnant ainsi la possibilitĂ© d’avoir trois distances de combat. Les combats de nunchaku boxing étaient disputĂ©s en trois rounds de deux minutes (cinq rounds pour les finales). Les techniques acceptĂ©es Ă©taient celles du Full-contact (coups de pied au-dessus de la ceinture, balayages et techniques de poing de la boxe anglaise), renforcĂ©es par les coups de nunchaku dont une vingtaine avaient Ă©tĂ© codifiĂ©s. Seuls les piquĂ©s au visage et Ă  la gorge, ainsi que les Ă©tranglements Ă©taient interdits. Cette discipline a vu plusieurs championnats de France puis d’Europe, avant d’ĂȘtre interdite Ă  la fin des annĂ©es 1990.

Source : Wikipédia

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How to choose your nunchucks ?

On the market, you can find different models of nunchucks.

Not always easy to find your way, especially when you start.

The choice of the nunchucks will depend first of all on the use that we want to make of it.

For a beginner, the foam nunchaku is recommended whether it is to practice combat or freestyle.

A person having an intermediate or confirmed level will use a foam nunchucks during fights and a traditional wooden nunchucks for kata while a freestyle practitioner will use a lighter nunchucks with sticks of a smaller diameter.

Beginners can, if they wish, start directly with a light wooden artistic nunchucks, but it is preferable to start with a foam model, which will facilitate the taking of risks during the learning process and, on the contrary, will limit the risk of injuries.

How to choose your rope size?

Rope size varies from one freestyler to another. Some will prefer a short rope, while others will prefer a long rope.

A short rope will make you faster, but some techniques will be harder to do with a long rope…

If you don’t know the size of your rope yet, the best way to start is to calculate the width of your hand with a centimetre, not counting the thumb. A suitable rope length will make learning easier.

The ideal nunchucks for freestyle is a nunchaku which is light and well balanced in weight while the ideal nunchaku for fighting has a bigger diameter, weighs heavier, the rope and the branches are often longer to allow the user to have a better length during fights.

How to choose your stick size?

The size of the sticks can vary from one nunchaku to another. Fighting nunchucks will tend to have longer sleeves, while freestyle nunchucks are often shorter.

At Nunchaku Connect we offer freestyle nunchakus of different lengths.  You can measure your forearm to know the length which would be more adapted to your size.

Starting with nunchakus of adapted sizes favours a better progression. As for the rope lengths, with experience you can easily go from one nunchucks to another, with different sizes.

What is the ideal weight of a freestyle nunchucks ?

You will find on the market different models of nunchucks.

The lighter the nunchaku is, the more you will gain in speed and the less quickly you will get tired.

A light and well-balanced nunchucks will also be more adapted to make throws.

The average weight of a freestyle nunchucks is 150 grams.

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Nunchaku means in Japanese “unit of the same length”.

Like many ancient objects, it is very difficult to know exactly the history of the nunchaku and its origin.

Before it was used as a weapon, nunchaku would have been an agricultural instrument used to husk rice.

It would have been hijacked in 1429 in Okinawa, an island in the south of Japan, by the inhabitants wishing to defend themselves from the emperor Sho Hashi who invaded and united the three parts of Okinawa to create the kingdom of Ryukyu. To avoid the possibility of revolt, he forbade the island’s peasants to possess weapons.

Nunchaku became more known to the general public thanks to bruce lee’s appearances in movies and on television.

Round or octagonal in shape, nunchaku comes in different materials: wood, foam, steel or plastic.

There are some with rope and others with chains, which can be of different lengths.

What does the law say in France?

In France, nunchaku are considered as a handgun (category D), as such, they are on free sale but their sale is prohibited at least 18 years old. Wearing a nunchaku is also forbidden unless it is a legitimate movement (from your home to your dojo), and that you have a license.

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The Nunchaku is a weapon that can injure others but also cause bodily harm to its user,
Therefore, we recommend that you follow a few safety instructions when using it.

First of all, during your training sessions we recommend that you choose a ventilated place, where you have enough space to train. If you are not alone, get away from the people around you before you start.

If you are just starting, the ideal is to start with a foam nunchaku. You will then be able to learn new techniques without having the apprehension of hurting yourself and that will allow you to start without fear.

If you train at home, be careful if you are under a lighting. If the ceiling height is too low you risk breaking your light bulbs. Also pay attention to your computer screens, your TV and what is around you.

A smartphone screen placed in the back pocket of a pair of trousers can be broken because of the impacts of the nunchaku when bouncing. Pockets on the front of pants are often too small and smartphones too big to fit in them.

Little tip: A banana bag will allow you to train while keeping your phone on you without risking to break it.

A suitable outfit will help you feel more comfortable in your movements. At the beginning, an open jacket and a sweatshirt cord sticking out can hinder your movements and make you feel a little uncomfortable.

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Fighting nunchaku :

Fighting nunchaku is a martial art, codified and supervised by federations. One learns there the handling of the nunchaku of combat, traditional kata, as well as to fight.

The fighters are equipped with a protective helmet and use foam nunchakus to avoid hurting their opponent.

The goal is to hit your opponent and score more points than him. Points are scored by referees according to the part of the body where they were given.

A blow to the opponent’s head is worth two points, the body, one point and three points if the opponent’s nunchaku is ripped off.

The artistic nunchaku:

The artistic nunchaku is a different discipline, the goal being not to fight but to practise with its nunchaku a sequence of techniques in rhythm on music.

During the competitions the participants are judged on the technique, but also on the movements, the martiality, the speed, the risk taking etc…

Artistic nunchaku, or freestyle, is a free art that develops concentration, dexterity, motricity but also creativity.

On nunchakuconnect.com you will find a complete training to learn the art of freestyle nunchaku.

Accessible from 6 years old, this discipline is accessible to all.

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Le nunchaku de combat :

Le nunchaku de combat est un art martial, codifiĂ© et encadrĂ© par des fĂ©dĂ©rations. On y apprend les maniements du nunchaku de combat, des kata traditionnelles, ainsi qu’à combattre.

Les combattants sont munis d’un casque de protection et utilisent des nunchakus en mousse pour ne pas blessers leur adversaire.

Le but est de toucher son adversaire et de comptabiliser plus de points que lui. Les points sont comptabilisĂ©s par des arbitres en fonction de la partie du corps oĂč ils ont Ă©tĂ© donnĂ©s.

Un coup au niveau de la tĂȘte de l’adversaire vaut deux points, le corps, un point et trois point en cas de l’arrachage du nunchaku de son adversaire.

Le nunchaku artistique :

Le nunchaku artistique est une discipline diffĂ©rente, le but n’étant pas de combattre mais d’exercer avec ses nunchaku un enchainement de techniques en rythme sur de la musique.

Lors des compétitions les participants sont jugés sur la technique, mais également sur les déplacements, la martialité, la rapidité, la prise de risque etc


Le nunchaku artistique, ou freestyle, est un art libre qui développe la concentration, la dextérité, la motricité mais aussi la créativité.

Sur nunchakuconnect.com vous trouverez une formation complĂšte pour apprendre l’art du nunchaku freestyle.

Accessible a partir de 6 ans, cette discipline est accessible a tous.

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Vous souhaitez essayé le nunchaku sans avoir a en acheter un ou souhaitez tout simplement vous amusez ?

Nous avons la solution !

  • Le nunchaku fouet :

Munissez vous de deux fouet de cuisine identiques avec un trou dans le manche. Passez une corde dans les deux trou puis faite un nƓud.

ca y’est votre nunchaku est prĂȘt !

Maintenant a vous de jouer !

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