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. In the VirtualNunchaku.com training program students start off training for Yellow Belt and then Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Brown and finally Black Belt. Higher dan ranks 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. is presently Grandmaster Burke’s most senior Black Belt in the United States and a certified rank instructor for the American Style Nunchaku Federation. 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 which also lists Shihan Hawkins as a certified Black Belt in American Style Nunchaku, Chinese Kenpo Kung-Fu, & Kenpo Ju-Jitsu. It is under the guidance of Professor Harry Baker that Shihan Hawkins is developing the Ken-Fu Nunchaku system for online learning which 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 Mr. Hawkins has 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.