by Grandmaster Dr Pier Tsui-Po
1. Dim Mak is deceptively easy to learn and apply.
2. Not all dim mak points are deadly, some cause paralysis while others can maim or cause loss of consciousness.
3. Not all dim mak points can heal.
4. Pressure point strikes are not nerve strikes.
5. Acupuncture is not dim mak and dim mak is not acupuncture.
7. All Acupuncture points heal but only some points are used in Dim Mak to heal.
8. Not all acupuncture theories of healing apply to dim mak. For example the midday-midnight clock used in acupuncture (also referred to as the diurnal cycle) that tells the flow of Chi in the human body is very limited for use in dim mak. It only represents about 5 to 10 percent of the total dim mak application.
9. Dim Mak uses the theoretical principles of traditional Chinese medicine to calculate and explain the outcome and severity of injury. Time of death is also calculated with this method. Cause of death is also explained with this ancient medical theory.
10. Ways to improve health are also taught. Dim Mak pressure points are closely related to traditional Chinese medicine. As you progress through your study you will be introduced to a number of these medical theories. They are important not only in their pressure point context but also for their health benefits. Martial arts are not about violence but self-development and maintaining peak physical and mental health. Pay particular attention to these theories as they can be applied to your daily life and training. They will help you enhance your awareness and improve the quality of your life.
11. Dim Mak is used for self-defence purposes. Just because martial arts is a fighting art and Dim Mak is the Art & Science of Deadly Pressure Point Fighting does not mean that a dim mak student will indiscriminately use these points to harm or kill. Those who are also interested in the promotion and advancement of personal health and well being will value the additional information given in the study of dim mak pressure points.
12. Learning just points and their location is dangerous. It is important to learn how and why dim mak works. It concerns me that a person who has an incomplete or inadequate understanding of the consequences of pressure point fighting will be empowered to inflict very serious injuries. However if the techniques are incorrectly applied, the martial artist runs the risk of injuring himself or herself.
13. Dim Mak increases your power by 10 times (or more) without effort. In ancient times, Dim Mak was taught to students to increase their effectiveness during self-defence so that they do not have to use excessive force when protecting themselves. Many of them were physically small people and when they had to defend against much larger and stronger assailants, Dim Mak increased their power by at least ten times or more. This added power helped to keep them alive.
14. Dim Mak increases your focus by at least 10 times or more. During daily training, knowledge of Dim Mak enabled students to focus their techniques with more precision. They became sharper and more alert when using techniques. For example, they no longer just kicked or punched to the face. Instead they kicked point Tai Yang (a Dim Mak point near the temples that can cause death) or punched at Dim Mak points Stomach 2 or 3 on the face. If the particular pressure point is missed, the practitioner will still strike the assailant's body. So it is a win-win situation.
15. Our research shows that more than 90% of instructors do not know about Dim Mak. The need to offer you accurate and precise information on Dim Mak pressure points is a necessity. We discovered that students are not taught exactly how these pressure points work. They are not taught why certain points are targeted, how to strike those points exactly (we are not just talking about the angle of a blow) and what the consequences are when these points are struck. Exactly when and at what time of day these points are best struck is also not taught. Furthermore, we found that students who are taught pressure points are still being taught points located in the wrong place. That's very dangerous. You must know that you put yourself at risk if you have incorrect information
16. As you read this article today, serious errors still appear in many articles, books and videos on Dim Mak. Errors and inconsistencies in a number of books, videos and magazine articles on pressure points confuse you and put you at risk. These discrepancies can be very damaging because you may be at a level of development where you are unable to tell good information from the bad. So you need to be pointed in the right direction.
Be aware of the following errors found in current literature
Here are just some of the errors we found during our research. You may be exposed to them if you just pick up an article, book or video on Dim Mak pressure point off the shelf.
17. Incorrect location of a large number of points. Your teacher must be 100% accurate if you are going to learn Dim Mak properly. I accept that there are occasions when the location of points illustrated will be slightly incorrect. This is due to the difficult task in drawing accurate computer diagrams. Therefore illustrations on paper may occasionally present with a small variance such as one millimetre. However, a large variance (more than half a centimetre) is unequivocally unacceptable and indicates that the author (or teacher) is not familiar with the exact location of the point concerned. In many instances, if a point is struck half or one centimetre from its true location, it means that you are not hitting that point at all. It also means that you are hitting another point, which may not have the same effect as the first point you chose. You see, contrary to popular belief, not all of these big dots on acupuncture charts are Dim Mak points.
18. Theoretical foundations are seriously inadequate. There are mistakes in a number of important areas, such as flow of Chi energy (Ki), functions of meridians and points, and also point dynamics. This can easily misinform readers. Teaching someone to strike a point without fully explaining what actually happens or what the likely consequences are, is a superficial, incomplete and dangerous approach. It is important to know what outcome to expect from striking a pressure point on an opponent as well as being able to recognise the symptoms when you or a friend has been struck, whether accidentally or intentionally. Detailed accurate knowledge increases awareness hence prevents injury, whereas incomplete or limited knowledge creates danger.
19. Research indicated that there were also some foolish comments made. I presume they are based on inexperience, wrong assumptions and braggadocio. Nevertheless, it is understandable that such comments are the voice of personal confidence, gained as a direct benefit of martial arts training. Boisterous talk by people is sometimes a byproduct of the fighting arts. Luckily, my Dim Mak training has taught me to be humble and respectful. Above all, it has taught me to be truthful to myself and to the art I practice.
20. Point names in different Chinese dialects, which can be confusing and misleading. In pointing out some of these discrepancies, I gladly build on the contributions made by past authors. I do not quarrel with them but welcome kinship with them. I offer my work to you so that you can be further nourished with high quality, accurate information. Hopefully, this will transcend us to a higher level of maturity and proficiency in the style of martial arts we practise.
Why these errors?
Do these instructors simply lack knowledge or do they lack proper instruction in Dim Mak? I think it is both of these reasons, but I also believe it is more than that. You see, in order to know Dim Mak completely or be an authority on Dim Mak pressure points, one must have all of the following five experiences. I have included some brief comments in brackets. Without these 5 criteria, the knowledge of the Dim Mak teacher would be severely limited. A Dim Mak teacher must...
21. Be a fully trained and experienced traditional martial artist of authentic lineage and pedigree (dim mak is an ancient secret art that was passed down through some traditional kung fu schools, some Japanese schools later passed some of these secrets to their pupils)
22. Who has received full and proper instruction in Dim Mak from his or her martial arts teacher during his or her martial arts training (knowledge must be passed to you from a reliable source)
23. Holds professional qualifications in clinical acupuncture (being a practitioner in a clinical setting allows one to witness, and develop a deeper understanding, of how symptoms and disease manifest)
24. Practices both martial arts and acupuncture on a professional basis (one cannot fully know dim mak without martial arts PLUS clinical acupuncture practice).
25. Must be fluent in written and spoken English (otherwise the transmission of information can be misunderstood or incomplete).
The reason why knowledge in all these 5 areas is necessary will become clearer to you as you study the quality of my work. I strongly recommend you study my book The Two Dragons of Dim Mak, my video The Centreline Theory of Dim Mak and my professional manual The Art & Science of Deadly Pressure Point Fighting. You will then understand that all these credentials are necessary, without which an author or teacher simply cannot know, let alone understand, authentic Dim Mak, especially how and why it works. As you are aware, there are not very many people in the world today who have these qualifications. In a way I feel blessed and privileged to have these qualifications and the necessary experience in Dim Mak.
"A few nights ago, my brother was involved in an altercation with a young thug. Fortunately, my brother was unhurt. However, the story of this event illustrates the true spirit of the martial arts, so here it is." -Michael Kelly, DO At about 11pm while walking out of a local pub in NYC, Gene and his friends heard a loud crash and the sickening sound of crushed steel. A crowd quickly gathered around the scene of the accident to see what had happened. No one seemed to notice the young thug approaching with three of his friends. The young thug had a shaved head, earrings in multiple sites, and a bad attitude. His three friends were of the same look and mindset. Everyone thought the thug was involved in the accident because he walked up to the driver of the mutilated taxi and started to yell at him. The driver of the taxi was a small, feeble, old man approximately 5'2'' and 130lbs. His small-framed, circular glasses covered most of his aged face, but he appeared to be in his 60's. He looked especially weak when he began to tremble in front of the yelling thug. In contrast, the young thug was about 20 years old, muscular, and stood about 5'10''.
Everyone thought the thug was just yelling about the accident. Then for some unknown reason, the young thug spit in the old man's face. This was followed by an earth shattering punch that shattered the old man's glasses and knocked him back against the taxi. The broken glass pierced the old man's thin skin and left a trail of blood. The force of the blow caused the old man to tumble back against the taxi and then down to the cold, hard pavement. The young thug then aggressively walked up to finish the old man off. Fortunately, there was an experienced martial artist nearby who observed this sequence of events and decided to intervene. The young thug's misguided aggression was suddenly diverted when the martial artist ran up and placed himself in front of the old man.
At this point, the young, cocky, derelict attempted to strike the marital artist but his blow was easily parried. The marital artist then moved in and grabbed the thug by the arm and shoulder. This was quickly followed by a violent hip throw to the ground. The marital artist then placed the thug's arm in a joint lock and struck the gall bladder 20 point at the base of the thug's skull. This combination quickly ended the altercation. The police were on their way and sirens could be heard in the distance when the thug regained full consciousness. He made a feeble attempt to act aggressive, but the glaring stare of the martial artist was enough to make him plead, "please don't hit me again, sir." Then suddenly, the young thug's friends moved in to attack the martial artist. Once again the glaring stare was enough to stop them in their tracks. When the martial artist stepped towards them, the young thug and his friends ran away. It became apparent at this point that the attack on the old man had nothing to do with the accident because the thug did not have a car. It was a malicious, unprovoked assault. The martial artist walked over to the injured old man and helped him to his feet. When he wiped the blood out of the old man's eyes, he noticed that they were still filled with fear. By this time an ambulance had arrived and when the old man was laid down on the stretcher, he looked up and thanked the martial artist. Then as the martial artist walked away, the crowd then began to clap. The martial artist then walked home and called his brother, me. This story illustrates many important components of the martial arts. We train for self defense and to protect human life. Not to destroy it. This story is the epitome of using the martial arts to defend human life. In this story, Gene only used his skills to protect the old man. He was not concerned about glory or looking "cool." This story also illustrates the proper state of mind. During battle, one should have a clear mind and concentrate on the event as it occurs. One should not be preoccupied with techniques or outcomes. Gene stated that he just reacted when he saw the old man get hit. He did not think, he reacted. Erle Montaigue describes this as using the reptilian brain. It has been said that just the glare in the eyes of someone using their reptilian brain is enough to end a confrontation. This was clearly illustrated when the thug's friends moved in to attack but backed off when they looked into Gene's eyes. Finally, the events after this incident are a classic example of humility. One of the most important virtues of the martial artist. After this event, my brother asked me to teach him more about the dim mak aspects of our style. Even though he had a successful outcome, he felt like he needed to learn more. Sort of a paradox. I wonder how many "masters" there are who have the opposite paradox. That is, they have never had a real altercation but yet are convinced that they know everything.
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