Can You Play Ping Pong With Nunchucks? (Truth Revealed)
Most table tennis enthusiasts have seen videos when Bruce Lee is playing table tennis with Nunchakus, and that really makes us wonder, can you really do that?
In this article, I will reveal whether you can play ping pong with nunchucks, how hard that would be to achieve, and more about table tennis! But first, can you play ping pong with nunchuks?
Theoretically, it is possible that you could play ping pong with Nunchakus. Practically, there is no chance that any human could play ping pong with Nunchakus. Nunchakus are round; they are connected with a chain or rope, making it impossible to hit a ping pong ball with precision.
If you already didn’t know this, I can relate to your surprising because once upon a day, I believed that it could be done as well. But there is a video where Bruce Lee plays ping pong with nunchucks? Well, let’s dive into that next.
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Can Bruce Lee really play ping pong with nunchucks?
Most people interested in martial arts or table tennis have definitely seen the video where Bruce Lee beats a great table tennis player with his Nunchakus. If you haven’t seen it, you can check it out below.
As cool as that looks, it isn’t real. This video is actually produced in 2008 to serve as an advertisement for Nokia’s N96 limited-time telephone. This video was created in 2008, 35 years after Bruce Lee’s death, and the person with the Nunchakus isn’t Bruce Lee.
I have to admit that the video looks quite real because of how it was filmed. It is really poor quality like videos would be in the 1970s, and someone handheld the video camera, which makes us feel that it is really real. However, it isn’t.
If you look closely, you can see that the ping pong ball is edited to the video by using CGI (computer-generated images) and added to the video. Nonetheless, it is really well made, and it has fooled tens of millions of people worldwide.
All in all, no one is so good with Nunchakus that they could play table tennis with them, not even Bruce Lee.
Did Bruce Lee really light matches with nunchucks?
As you might suspect by now, ”Bruce Lee” didn’t light matches with Nunchakus either because the video is part of the same advertisement made by Nokia in 2008, which is 35 years after Bruce Lee’s death. You can see the video below.
However, what is different in the match lighting than playing table tennis with Nunchakus is that you can actually light matches with it!
In fact, a man named Xie Desheng made a world record, lighting 21 matches in one minute with The Nunchucks! That is impressive, and it makes us believe that Bruce Lee could do it as well if he were alive. However, the matches light in the world record isn’t nearly done in a similar force as in the commercial made by the Bruce Lee Double.
When first hearing that it really isn’t Bruce Lee in the cool nunchaku videos is mind-blowing, but when you really think about it, playing table tennis with nunchucks really seems unbelievable, even from a legend such as Bruce Lee. Next time you find a pair of nunchucks and a table tennis table at the same time, which is rare in itself, you should give it a go and see whether you are a natural talent or not.