About Virtual Nunchaku

Get “Tournament Ready” while Learning Nunchaku in your local dojo or at your own pace from home with video instruction and in-person “Black Belt” testing for “Certified Rank.”

American Style Nunchaku

American Style Nunchaku was founded and recognized as a new martial arts style by Grandmaster Michael Burke in 1992 as a complete martial art with its own ranking system, making nunchaku training available to those people who were not interested in traditional karate or kobudo.  Under the guidance of head instructor Shihan Eldridge Hawkins, Jr, students in the VirtualNunchaku.com training program start off training for Yellow Belt and then Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Brown and finally Black Belt.  Higher dan ranks and the Ken-Fu Nunchaku Jutsu system are available for those exceptional students who are willing to put in the necessary, in person, specialized training and test at one of our physical training centers.

This martial arts system has spread and is now available to all people worldwide!

Meet Our Head Instructor

Shihan Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., 7th Dan, (who is also a former Mayor of Orange, New Jersey) is presently Grandmaster Michael Burke’s most senior Black Belt and a certified rank instructor for the “American Style Nunchaku Federation” (ASNF).  After receiving direction from Grand Master Burke to grow the Nunchaku system, Shihan Hawkins successfully obtained additional recognition for this martial arts style of Nunchaku from the “United States Martial Arts Federation” (USMAF) which also lists Shihan Hawkins as a certified Black Belt in American Style Nunchaku, Chinese Kenpo Kung-Fu, United States Ju-Jitsu & Kenpo Ju-Jitsu. Hawkins is also a certified nunchaku expert with the North American Nunchaku Association (NANA) and a “Hall of Fame” member of the United States Martial Arts Federation for Kobudo.

With the input of Hawkins’ first and life long instructor Professor Harry Baker and other technical committee members, Shihan Hawkins has developed the Ken-Fu Nunchaku Jutsu system for the traditional dojo setting with various learning components coming online soon. Ken-Fu fuses elements of Nunchaku as originally taught in Ed Parker’s Kenpo combined with Ju-Jitsu, American Style Nunchaku and Hawkins’ original techniques based in part on his training and experience in the street as a former law enforcement officer.

For over a decade Hawkins served in a variety of governmental public safety positions including time as Acting Police & Fire Director, Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator under Homeland Security and Police Officer for multiple jurisdictions. In addition to having been duly qualified by the New Jersey State Police as a Licensed Private Detective and authorized by multiple State authorities to conduct security business, Hawkins has been recognized as a security expert by a variety of media outlets.

Under Hawkins’ leadership, Ken-Fu Nunchaku Jutsu has been recognized as an official martial arts style by the ASNF, USMAF, as well as the North American Nunchaku Association and “Independent Karate Schools of America” founded by Black Belt Magazine editor Grand Master Floyd Burk, 10th Dan.

Award Winning Instructor Leads Virtual Nunchaku’s Online Program
Shihan Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.,
7th Degree – American Style Nunchaku

Shihan Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.

General Background
Life Long Karate-Ka – Over 35 Years In The Martial Arts
Senior Instructor – Baker’s Red Iron Dragon
Associate/Visiting Instructor – AJW Martial Arts Academy
Senior Rank Examiner – American Style Nunchaku Federation
Vice President – United States Martial Arts Federation
Senior Masters Caucus Member – United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF)
Senior Masters Caucus Member – United States Martial Arts Federation (USMAF)
Certified Nunchaku Expert – North American Nunchaku Association
United States Representative/Advisor – Hong Kong Nunchaku Association
National/International Advisor – Institute of Traditional Martial Arts (ITMA)
Founder – Ken-Fu Nunchaku Jutsu
Retired Municipal Police Officer – NJ
Former Mayor of Orange, NJ
CEO/Owner – Black Belt Security & Investigations, LLC

Special Awards & Recognitions
Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame Inductee – The Worlds Greatest, Volume 52
2022 USA Unified Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
United States Martial Arts Federation Hall of Fame – National Kobudo Sensei
United States Ju-Jitsu Federation Hall of Fame – National Ju-Jitsu Sensei
1st Place Champion – Adult Division, Black Belt Weapons; Upland Martial Arts (Open Tournament).
2nd Place Winner – Free Fighting Division, Black Belt Men Over 200 Lbs.; Challenge of Champions XII (Open Tournament).
NJ Senate & Assembly Resolution Recipient – New Jersey State Legislature Resolutions of Recognition.
Distinguished Service Award Recipient – Essex County Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
Youth Role Model Award– National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

Association Memberships
Life Member – American Style Nunchaku Federation (ASNF)
Life Member – United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF)
Life Member – United States Martial Arts Federation (USMAF)
Life Member – Independent Karate Schools of America (IKSA)
Life Member – New Jersey Police Honor Legion
Member – American Karate Association (AKA)
Member – World Nunchaku Association (WNA)
Member – Jiu Jitsu Global Federation (JJGF)
Member – International Kenpo Karate Association (IKKA)
Life Member – North American Nunchaku Association (NANA)

Black Belt Rank Attainment
7th Degree – American Style Nunchaku (ASNF, IKSA, AKA)
6th Dan – Combat Ju-Jitsu (USJJF)
5th Dan – Fusion Kenpo (AKA, IKSA)
5th Dan – United States Ju-Jitsu (USJJF)
4th Dan – Chinese Kenpo Kung-Fu (USMAF)

Shihan Hawkins Has Earned Black Belt Rank From The Following Martial Arts Professionals:
Professor Harry Baker
Grand Master Michael Burke
Professor Ibrahim Sharif
Sifu Rodney Armstrong
Sifu Sabu Rashidi
Grand Master Earnest McPeek
Hanshi Bruce Bethers 

Shihan Eldridge Hawkins, Jr’s Martial Arts Lineage

Learn From An Experienced Professional With A Strong Foundation In Traditional Martial Arts Styles And A Specialization In Nunchaku!!!


MARCH 26, 2022

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