The nunchaku in its various incarnations has been, rightly or wrongly, associated with Asian martial arts. Other cultures have appropriated it and some have since discarded it. It is not the most popular of martial arts weaponry as I write this, though it is an old standby. The association with the Eastern, with the exotic, has hurt the nunchaku. It has hurt its standing both in contemporary society and with regard to its popularity in martial arts circles.