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The technique of Cavity Press (Dian Xue, H is probably the highest accomplishment of Qigong in the martial arts. Ever since Qi was understood, martial artists have used various methods to affect an enemy's Qi, either instantly or with a delayed reaction, with the object of causing death, unconsciousness, stupefaction, or numbness of a body area.

In the course of their research, Chinese martial artists have found 108 cavities that can be attacked. There are seventy-two that are considered minor cavities because they cannot be used to kill an opponent, and thirty-six which are vital cavities because it is possible to kill someone by striking one of them at the right time with the correct force.

In striking cavities, the time of day must be right for the strike to be effective, and the exact spot must be struck. Also, the correct hand form must be used. For example, some cavities can be successfully affected by a strike with the knee, while others require a strike with one finger. The force must be sufficient to affect the channel and penetrate to the right depth, because while some cavities are very close to the surface, others are deeper within the body.

Therefore, in order to use cavity strikes effectively, you must first know acupuncture channels, nerves, and anatomy; second, you must know the theory of Qi circulation in relation to the time of day; and third, you must be trained in hand and leg forms and power development. You must also know the techniques for curing cavity press attacks. If the enemy is not dead from an attack, or if a friend has been attacked, there are techniques for reviving them. In many cases, unconscious people can be revived with just a push, pinch, or massage in the correct spot.

Principles of Cavity Press

Cavity Press is a technique in which you affect an opponent's Qi or blood circulation by striking a cavity with a finger, palm, fist, foot, or elbow, or by grasping. When a cavity is correctly struck, several things can happen:

1. The strike can affect Qi circulation and can cause the failure of the corresponding internal organ. For example, a strike to the armpit, affecting the heart channel, will shock the heart, just like a blow to the funny bone affects the arm.

2. The strike can affect both Qi circulation and blood circulation. When the cavity is struck, the muscles around it cramp and cut off blood flow. If the force is sufficient and affects an artery, the artery can rupture, usually resulting in death. For example, a strike to the temple will both shock the brain and possibly rupture the carotid artery. A weak blow to the temple cavity will cause unconsciousness.

3. The strike can directly affect an internal organ. This category of striking is sometimes called Qi Guan Da (B t ) or Organ Striking. For example, a strike to the solar plexus will shock the heart and can cause death. Another example is a strike to the liver, which can cause the muscles around it to cramp and damage the liver. Sufficient force will rupture it. The liver and kidneys are especially susceptible to this kind of attack.

For a number of cavities, a strike will not result in any obvious injury. However, the strike causes the Qi to stagnate in that area, and the person will become ill or die at some later time, perhaps one or two months or even one year in the future. For example, strikes to spinal cavities will generally not show their effect until much later. From anatomy and acupuncture it is known that the spine is the trunk line for the nervous system and the main conduit for Qi. If cavities located in the spinal area are injured, the flow of Qi to the organ related to that part of the spine will be weakened, and eventually organ failure will occur.

There are a number of cavities that can be struck to temporarily disable an enemy For example, a strike to the Tianzong (X. $ ) cavity on the shoulder blade will numb both the shoulder and the arm. Another example, known to everyone, is the funny bone, or Shaohai (H-3, •}' ft ) cavity.

The last kind of cavity strike stuns an enemy, causing him to be disoriented or dizzy, or "out on his feet."

Cavity Press and Time

Because the human body is part of nature, it is affected by the forces at work in the environment. Therefore, the main flow of Qi and blood changes according to the time of day and the season.

Generally speaking, during the day the Qi flows most strongly in the front of the body, while at night it flows most strongly in the back. At midnight it is concentrated at the head. Then its focus moves down the front of the body. It is at the solar plexus at noon, and at the perineum at sunset. Then the focus moves up the back and ends at the top of the head again at midnight.

Also, the Qi flow moves from one channel to another every two hours, completing a cycle of the twelve main channels every day. The Governing and Conception vessels are not involved in this cycle. Their flow is constant. Table 5-1 lists the relationship between Qi and blood flow and the time of day.

A martial artist who knows how to coordinate a target with the time of day can easily hurt an opponent in ways that seem mysterious to the uninitiated. Because the martial artist attacks the most intense energies of the body at that particular time, the injury is immediate and drastic.

There are twelve major cavities that are particularly sensitive to attack at specific times. These cavities and their striking times are also listed in Table 5-1, and their locations are illustrated in Figures 5-1 through 5-7. Furthermore, the Qi flow is more predominant in various parts of the body throughout the day. Table 5-1 lists the parts of the body and their times of greatest Qi flow.

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Figure 5-2. Cavity Press Cavities on the Side of the Head
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Figure 5-7. Cavity Press Cavities on the Bottom of the Foot

Table 5-1



Body Area

(Zi. * 1

Gall Bladder


Renzhong ( A. t )

1 to 3 AM 1 Chou, fi)



Biliang or Meixm (*# • M

3 to 5 AM (Yin. % ) 5 to 7 AM (Mao. tp )


Large Intestine

Jiache or Yasai (« + * * JB|

7 to 9 am (Chen, ft )



Taiyang lit It)

9 to 1 1 AM (Si. EL]



Yingchuang or Jiangtai (Jit * # è)




Neiguan or Wanmai ( (*) M ' ft A*- )

Small Intestine


Jiuwei or Xinkan •

Small Intestine


Jiuwei or Xinkan •



5 to 7 PM Kidney Back (SpleenJ Jimen or Baihai

7 to 9 PM Pericardium Neck |Head) Xiayin

9 to 11 PM Triple Burner Leg (Ankle) Yongquan (Hai. *)

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    What is striking with qi?
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