Death Touch: The Science Behind The Legend Of Dim-Mak

Overview


The martial arts world is rife with tales of ancient masters who could cause instant or delayed death or illness by attacking secret points on the human body. But to the Western mind, the concept of striking acupuncture points to disrupt the internal energy, or chi, seems like hocus-pocus. Thus, many serious martial artists dismiss the ancient art of dim-mak (also known as kyusho jitsu), which is literally translated as "death touch," as nothing more than fiction. However, if one can accept the idea that a ...
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Overview


The martial arts world is rife with tales of ancient masters who could cause instant or delayed death or illness by attacking secret points on the human body. But to the Western mind, the concept of striking acupuncture points to disrupt the internal energy, or chi, seems like hocus-pocus. Thus, many serious martial artists dismiss the ancient art of dim-mak (also known as kyusho jitsu), which is literally translated as "death touch," as nothing more than fiction. However, if one can accept the idea that a dim-mak point is an avenue for attacking the nervous system, then it becomes easier to understand how striking specific points or groups of points can devastate the organs and the cardiovascular system. In this book, Dr. Michael Kelly, an osteopathic physician and experienced dim-mak practitioner, explains dim-mak's effects based on medical science. In layman's terms, Dr. Kelly reveals the physiological basis for what is clearly a very real and dangerous method of fighting. In the process of unraveling the mystery of this legendary art, Dr. Kelly makes the true genius of its founders brutally, and painfully, apparent.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581602814
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 267,227
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


As an osteopathic physician and a former state police officer, Michael Kelly has had multiple opportunities to test his martial art skills and his knowledge of dim-mak. Dr. Kelly has trained in Okinawan shorin-ryu karate for more than 15 years and is a second-degree black belt. He has been investigating the effects of dim-mak on the body as well as the pressure point attacks hidden within the traditional forms for the past 10 years and has published numerous articles on the medical aspects of dim-mak.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Science or Science Fiction?
Chapter 2: The Nervous System
Chapter 3: The Points
Chapter 4: Methods of Attacking
Chapter 5: A Medical Knockout
Chapter 6: Attacking the Internal Organs
Chapter 7: The Heart
Chapter 8: Putting It All Together: The Basics
Chapter 9: Putting It All Together: Advanced
Chapter 10: Revival and Healing
Epilogue
Endnotes
Bibliography
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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Logic of the ancients

    Science and art combines to make a dangerous and informative practice. Well researched and presented, making sense of so much of the old legends of the martial arts and it's masters. Maybe these practices should remain secret!

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