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Chris Campbell: About Freechaku

 "Freechaku is an expression of the innate human desire to flow. Flow is found in all aspects of human endeavour, in the times when all thoughts cease and you simply do what needs to be done, flowing with the situation. When a musician is lost in the music they're making, when a dancer lets the music course through their body, when an athlete pushes their body to it's limits, and when a fighter seizes on an opportunity, they flow. Freechaku is our way to flow. 


"Our instrument of flow is the nunchaku, an outlet brought to fame by heroes of the warrior spirit. We are, for the most part, not warriors; we are explorers. We've tapped into a font of flow that few have discovered before. We're mapping how deep it runs, how wide it can spread. We're seeing where the river of freechaku's flow will take us.

"On being presented with a pair of nunchaku, most people try to imitate the famed warriors. We turned away from that option. That makes nunchaku an icon of a wider philosophy; when presented with a weapon of destruction, we instead turn it into an instrument of expression. We choose freedom and beauty over violence. We gave it a name, this 'everything but violence', we called it freechaku.

"Without violence, we're still found a plethora of avenues to explore; athleticism, skilfulness, creativity, analysis, debate, interaction, community, media, competition, tradition, and straight-up fun. The more we dig, the more we find to do with freechaku. This dedication to exploration encourages an open mind and a willingness to try anything if the means are available. We do this not for recognition or reward, we do it to repay freechaku for the inner peace it's flow has bought into our lives.

"Freechaku is primarily about the individual learning to channel their personality, emotions and state of mind through nunchaku movement. But we're all learning how it works together, and the more we talk about it and swap discoveries, the further we progress as individuals. This concept is another core value of my freechaku philosophy; in the broader sense the entire human race is like us freechaku explorers, creeping into new territory and trying to figure out where to go. We're all doing what seems best for us, but the more the world swaps tips on what works, the better off we all are.

"We play the nunchaku like an instument. We play freechaku like a game. 
We mix and match whatever playfullness we can as we ride the freechaku flow. 

"Nunchaku are our perfect instrument of flow because their swinging, circular movement possess a natural rhythm, and the stick manipulation creates a sense of interaction with the flow. The amount of 'notes' the instrument can play is phenomenal, and we've discovered just enough to glimpse how many more are waiting for us. The style of performance is grounded in improvisation and adaptation, with occasional composition. 

"In the game of freechaku, the Challenge Zone is the first level. It's the survey questionnaire of our game, all tick-boxes and records. Can you do this move yet? How fast can you do that one? It's a place to learn the scales of the instrument, the notes and patterns that you'll start rearranging spontaneously as you find your voice with freechaku. After answering other people's challenges, set a challenge yourself and help make the questionnaire longer.

"Once you've found your voice and started jamming with nunchaku, you'll start finding your flow and getting lost in the movement. Once you've found a style you enjoy, level two of the game of freechaku is to make a video to enter one of our tournaments. Our tournaments are festivals of freechaku, an intense period of video making, watching, debate and voting; offering tribute to this idea of freechaku which has inspired us all. We elect a champion to be the focal point of our celebration, but we also use the results to establish peer groups of players at comparable stages in their explorations.

"These peers come into play in level three of the the game of freechaku, the Battle Zone. Battles pit individuals against each other for the community's support; forcing the voting members to develop criteria on which to decide. Those criteria have become the ways in which we judge 'good freechaku'. When you're flowing, all freechaku is good freechaku. But making freechaku enjoyable for an audience requires channelling that flow towards a conscious goal without heavy-handed direction breaking it's serenity. Guided, unbroken flow is the goal of freechaku play.

"Level four of the game is to start pushing boundaries; finding moves that haven't been catalogued yet and adding them to The Lab. Building a library of moves is our way of laying breadcrumbs in the forest paths, marking where we've already been. Those players who make it to level four are mining the new notes that will shape the sound of freechaku.

"Level five of the game is to get involved in the running of the game. We all started off as players and built the game together. We've still got a long way to go, and we're still finding out where that is."
 


Last updated by Howard (psionics)  on Apr 16 2010  at 6:14 PM
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