Sunday, March 8, 2009

Of Nunchucks and of course Bruce Lee...

I've always been fascinated by the use of nunchucks, whether in movies as weapons or just as a demonstration of agility and control. To me, it has always been the most beautiful piece of art any martial artist can wield. Even swinging it around is enough to scare the enemies away :-p

Suddenly I have this thought of bringing one with me for my jogs to shoo any stray dog that comes in my way hahaha But having said that, I think I ought to have some practice sessions at home or else I might hit some 'forbidden areas' while using it in public :-p Not that I own one now, but just a thought while having my 20 minutes break, away from my thesis and research.

Anyhow, take a look at the video below... Man, this guy can even play badminton with nunchucks!! Unbelievable!! Simply amazing and marvellous!!

And of course, when it comes to talking about nunchucks, who can ever forget about the Great Bruce Lee, the Father of Nunchucks! He's one of those great people who managed to tap the greatest human potentials to their heights, albeit at the cost of his own life :-( Look at what this Legend could achieve during his prime time (taken from Wiki)

- Lee's striking speed from three feet with his hands down by his side reached five hundredths of a second.
- Lee's combat movements were at times too fast to be captured on film at 24 frames per second, so many scenes were shot in 32fps to put Lee in slow motion. Normally martial arts films are sped up.
- In a speed demonstration, Lee could snatch a dime off a person's open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind.
- Lee would hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer.
- Lee could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks.
- Lee performed one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger
- Lee performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups.
- Lee could break wooden boards 6 inches (15 cm) thick.
- Lee could cause a 300-lb (136 kg) bag to fly towards and thump the ceiling with a side kick.
- Lee performed a side kick while training with James Coburn and broke a 150-lb (68 kg) punching bag.
- In a move that has been dubbed "Dragon Flag", Lee could perform leg lifts with only his shoulder blades resting on the edge of a bench and suspend his legs and torso perfectly horizontal midair.

Man...talking bout superhuman one has ever matched up with this guy so far...

The video below shows his nunchicks (oops :-p) wielding skills...

Unbelievable?? You better start to believe then :-)


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