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.
Shihan Eldridge Hawkins, Jr’s Martial Arts Lineage
USA UNIFIED MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME
SHIHAN ELDRIDGE HAWKINS, JR., PICTURED BELOW, IS INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME.
USA KARATE/USJJF/USMAF BANQUET DINNER
MARCH 26, 2022