How to Throw a Kunai Knife

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The kunai knife is a favorite weapon in the anime series Naruto. In reality, kunai knives have not been commonly used as throwing weapons. They were used in close combat, for digging, clawing and--with a rope attached--even as a tripwire. There are several kinds of kunai, but they can be broken into two types: large and small. The smaller ones can be more easily used for throwing. This technique describes a common method used to throw kunai knives by hobbyists today.

    Clear the area between you and your target.

    Keep your palm flat and put the kunai in your hand, with the blade facing inward and the "eye" of the handle pointing toward your target.

    Bend your arm at the elbow, raise and throw--keeping your wrist straight. Put enough "spin" on the knife so that it turns midair and the blade points toward your target as it approaches.

    Alternatively, you can hold the kunai by the handle. Raise your arm at the elbow so the blade is pointing almost straight behind you. Extend your arm forward and release once the blade is pointed at your target. Don't put any spin on the blade using this method.

    Items you will need

    • Kunai knife

    • Target board


    • Form boards and thin, flat wood boards make excellent beginners' targets.

      A good distance for beginners is 8 to 10 feet.

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