I have developed two kihon Nunchaku combat blocking Kata based on the principles of the two gates in Nunchaku combat similar to the Wing Chun Inner and outer gates.
A purely defensive one and one that brings you up close for strike combinations using the stick ends like fists or for locks and chokes.
I have borrowed a Kihon or basic Kata from Fumio Demura Shihan. Taught to me in Manchester when he was over doing a Kobudo Seminar. This kata which runs to three points of the compass and has some interesting combinations.
For our 1st Kata I have pieced together a pattern used by Master Bruce Lee in "Enter the Dragon", this needed some thought, but using what was there already helped, adding two moves to be able to join the two sections. Adding missing moves and interpreting some using the NEO system the count is 27 techniques.
Kata 2 is complete except for a lock/choke hold that needs some thought. with attacks with the nunchaku end to strike like a fist.
Kata 3 is a double asymmetric Kata with half of the pattern on the left side and half on the right. Has more close in strikes using the nunchaku end to strike like a hammer fist.
Kata 4 is complete and will focus on some reversed grip techniques and reversed grip blocks.
Kata 5 is in its infancy but near completion, It needs some thought and meditation, as this is how it seems my katas have been developing, ideas condensing from out of the fog of exercising and training and studying with the techniques themselves.
The katas I am developing have long reach strikes as well as close in techniques, I seem to be incorporating these naturally, so Kata 4 and 5 will no doubt incorporate this as well.
Bruce Lee based Kata
My interest in developing a freestyle form of Nunchaku has been greatly stimulated by Bruce Lee and his work on Jun Fan Jeet kune do and his use of Nunchaku in his films; his WAY will always be inspirational. Further inspiration has come from Fumio Demura shihan and Bob McCormack Shihan and recently Arakawa Busen Shihan.
All of this set me on a quest to perfect a free style Nunchaku way and more recently in the pursuit of combat experience.