MUNCHAKU is an old Chinese fighting weapon. For those old enough to remember, it’s the thing you think of when you mention Bruce Lee. For those, not old enough to remember, it’s two sticks with a short chain in the middle.
Its origin was as a farm tool in China, where the stick would be beaten against the stalks of wheat to get at the grain.
When the Samari Warriors banned the common man from owning weapons, the farm tools were adapted to take their place.
On Saturday, February 5, Black Belt Instructors and siblings, Rachel and Mathew Maher, travelled from Celbridge Kenpo Karate Academy, to Tullamore Kenpo Karate Studio, where they held two seminars during the day. The first one was for the junior members, who were taught how to handle and swing the weapon with both hands.
The second for the senior members, who were taught not only how to handle the weapon but also how it may be used in self defence.
The seminar was such a huge success, that Tullamore Instructor, Mr Jack Smith, is already in the process of organizing a follow up seminar for the future.