So my wife Heather and I are packing up and moving in a few weeks time. Heather innocently (and quite randomly) handed me a pair of nunchucks (a martial arts weapon and arguably the Best Mobility tool out there) from my child hood and said “can I throw these out?” I immediately laughed for 2 reasons:
- I completely forgot I had nunchucks (they rock) … and
- Never throw out a weapon incase the zombies come
Nunchucks are farmers tools used back in Ancient Japan. Farmers had to defend themselves using what they had. Other weapons in this fashion can include the simple wooden Bo staff, Tonfa (similar to the baton used by some police forces), and Escrima. Non of that is relevant to the content of this article.. aren’t you happy you read it?
So I began playing with my nunchucks again as I once did when I was a kid. Only now I see it very differently. When I twirl my nunchucks around in figure 8 and to the outside of my body, I notice how incredible my joints and muscles feel (specifically the supportive muscles and tissues of the wrist, elbow and shoulder). My brain wheels begin to spin – hmmm.. If I feel this good, perhaps others can benefit from using this “tool”.
The reality is this. Movement is great. Simply moving more can improve blood circulation and synovial fluid secretion to our joints… BUT when you combine coordination, mental focus, a bit of speed and demand more control over a larger range of motion… we quite literally take a “good thing” and make it a “great thing”. Nunchuck drills deliver!!!! Do not be afraid.. follow me.
** Side Note: Yes Wooden Nunchucks are considered a weapon. However – I would never recommend a beginner use wooden chucks anyway. Foam Nunchucks are easy enough to acquire**
Watch this simple drill for ideas on how to use nunchucks for mobility and health. If this is too intimidating, use a jump rope.
Nunchucks maybe challenging to master – but like anything else worth doing, with a little patience and consistency, greater mobility and joint/tissue health can be yours. Some other benefits can include:
- Help reduce headaches, upper back & neck pain
- Help reduce elbow tendinitis due to improved fascial elasticity
- Improve general function and movement patterns
- Increase joint mobility
- Develop efficiency and stability of the shoulder girdle
- Improve and amplify neural coordination
- Improve mental focus (you don’t want to hit yourself)
Through our modern living, we unfortunately develop faulty posture. The way we sit, stand and move and sometimes the lack of variety of movement patterns contribute to our Human Movement Dysfunction. To make it more confusing there are over use patterns or pattern overload to consider too (athletes pounding away at the same thing all the time) or the way we get into our car and drive to work everyday.
When using a tool like nunchucks for mobility and nutrient delivery, this increases the mechanoreceptor stimulation from sub optimal joint mechanics and results in reflexive muscular and tissue changes. Bottom line good things will happen.
As skills develop, have fun with your warm up like this
EARN YOUR STRENGTH