Rules of Nunchaku free-style

Freestyle is the art of free performance with the nunchaku on music. This discipline of Nunchaku-do found it’s origin in 1984. Allthough it is called “free”style, there are still certain rules the competitors have to follow. This way it is possible to give grades for the different performances.

Basic goal of the freestyle

With a freestyle a competitor has the chance to show off his nunchaku skills in a performance on music. It is really important that music and the exercise are in complete harmony. The Nunchaku-ka must show he is in control of the nunchaku and the exercises. Every disturbance in this harmony will or control will be punished, resulting in a lower score. More difficult performances, higher risk techniques can result in higher scores.

Basic elements of a nunchaku freestyle

The freestyle must at least consist of the following elements:
– Adequate tempo and rhythm of the nunchaku during the whole exercise
– Consistency in speed while performing more difficult tricks
– Variation in tricks
– Control and movement of the nunchaku and the competitor
– Good usage of the area
– Usage of a single nunchaku during the exercise
– Usage of double nunchaku’s during the exercise
– Entertainment value of the performance
– At least one risky element with a single nunchaku
– At least one risky element with double nunchakus
– At least a few unique tricks and elements during the exercise
– Budo spirit
– The performance must last 1 minute and 30 seconds at minimum and 3 minutes maximum

Rating a nunchaku freestyle

When performing in freestyle competitions, your freestyle will be rated on a scale of 0 (very bad) – 10 (perfect). The grade will be formulated on four different area’s:
– Composition and content of the freestyle (3,0 points)
– Execution of the freestyle (3,0 points)
– Technical value of the freestyle (3,0 points)
– Bonus points (1,0 points)


Once your freestyle is rated by a member of the jury, they will deduct all the mistakes you made. You can get a deduction for several mistakes, like: dropping the nunchaku, disturbance of an exercise, exceeding the time limit of a freestyle, incorrect clothing, wrong materials, etc.

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