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The Tabak-Toyok is a Filipino version of the nunchaku. The primary difference between the Filipino version and other versions of the weapon is that the Tabak-Toyok tends to have shorter handles as well as a longer chain. Each handle is approximately four inches long. The length of the rope or chain that attaches each handle is approximately six inches long. The size of this weapon varies depending on the user.
Filipino martial artist Dan Inosanto teaches the Filipino use of the Tabak-Toyok in his Filipino Kali curriculum. Dan Inosanto introduced his close friend and teacher, the legendary Bruce Lee, to the weapon. Bruce Lee is infamous for his cinematic fight scenes portraying the weapon. As a result, Bruce Lee’s smaller nunchaku bear a resemblance to these.
In the Philippines, the Tabak-Toyok is popularly known as the chako. It is often used as a street weapon in Filipino brawls. The smaller size of the Tabak-Toyok allows for easy concealment and everyday carry. The weapon is best used at long-range.