Lethal Karate Strikes: Secrets of the Meridians

Lethal Karate Strikes: Secrets of the Meridians

by Clifford Field

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Overview

Lethal Karate Strikes: Secrets of the Meridians by Clifford Field

It is said that the original martial arts masters would only give their "secrets" to the most trusted students—and never to Westerners. From the perspective of acupoint strikes it is easy to see why these claims originated: the masters knew that Westerners could not understand the underlying concepts. Until now.

Veteran martial artist Cliff Field has been a physician for nearly 30 years and has used acupuncture in his practice for nearly that long. His background in both Eastern and Western medicine, as well as his years studying karate, gives him a unique insight into how strikes to specific points on the human body can cause unexpected—even lethal—damage.

In this book, Field gives you a deep understanding of human anatomy, physiology, physics, biomechanics, and energetics—the flow of chi through the meridians—as it pertains to martial arts techniques. This easy-to-understand examination of karate from both a Western medical perspective and an Eastern energetic perspective demonstrates how to attack the body at its weakest points, both anatomically and energetically.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581607376
Publisher: Paladin Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Cliff Field, M.D., graduated from Hahnemann University in 1980 and finished his residency in family medicine in 1983. He received certification in acupuncture between 1983 and 1984. He began his martial arts studies in 1986 and earned his black belt in 1999 from the International Karate League (IKL), founded by Walter Nishioka. He currently holds the rank of sandan and is a sensei of a dojo. This book is a result of his combined knowledge of Western and Eastern medicine and martial arts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Medical and Physiological Aspects of Karate Strikes and Targets: Western Perspective 5

The Physics and Biomechanics of Karate 7

Biomechanics 7

Physics 11

Targets 13

Jodan Level 14

Clavicle (Collarbone) 14

Larynx 15

Suprasternal Notch 15

Carotid Sinus 16

Zygomatic Arch 17

Bones of the Orbits 18

Nasal Bones 19

Eyes 19

Ears 20

Temple 20

Jaw 22

Concussion/Whiplash 22

Chudan Level 23

Ribs 23

Abdomen 25

Arms 26

Gedan 26

Bladder 26

Genitals 27

Groin 27

Knee 28

Lower Extremity 31

Extremity Joint Locks and Pressure Points 31

Chapter 2 Chi Energetics and Acupoint Strikes: Eastern Perspective 35

Primer on Chi Flow 36

Strikes and Chi Flow 40

Setup Points 41

Accuracy and Direction of the Strike 41

Force of the Strike 42

Time of Day 42

Bilateral Strikes 43

Striking Multiple Points in the Same Meridian 43

Striking Related Yin/Yang Meridians 43

Acupoint Location 43

Acupoint Description 46

Lung Channel of Hand Taiyin 47

Spleen Channel of Foot Taiyin 48

Liver Channel of Foot Jueyin 48

Pericardium Channel of Hand Jueyin 50

Heart Channel of Hand Shaoyin 51

Large Intestine Channel of Hand Yangming 52

Gallbladder Channel of Foot Shaoyang 55

Stomach Channel of Foot Yangming 55

Sanjiao Channel of Hand Shaoyang 56

Small Intestine Channel of Hand Taiyang 56

Striking Weapons 57

Application of Acupoint Combinations in Strikes 60

P 6 then Gb 31 60

P 6, Lu 8, H 5 then P 1 62

P 6 then St 15 62

P 6, Lu 5 then Liv 14 62

P 6 then Sp 17 or 18 68

Gb 1 then Gb 20 70

P 6 then Gb 24 72

St 9 then Gb 24 78

Li 10 then St 6 (or Each Alone) 79

Acupoints in Control Techniques 81

Lu 9 83

H 5, H 6, and H 7 84

Si 7 87

Chapter 3 First Aid 91

Immediate Life-Threatening Injuries 92

A: Airway 92

B: Breathing 93

C: Circulation 93

D: Disability/Neurological 93

Major Injuries 94

Airway Injuries 94

Lung Trauma 94

Broken Bones and Dislocated Joints 95

Apply a Splint 95

Major Bleeding 96

Concussion 96

Symptoms of Concussion 97

What to Expect Following a Concussion 100

Prevention 100

Whiplash 101

Cervical Spine Injuries 102

Minor Injuries 102

Bruises 102

Sprains 103

Cuts, Scrapes, and Abrasions 104

Bloody Nose 105

Broken or Knocked-Out Tooth 106

First Aid for Chi Flow Injuries 106

Basic Principles 107

General Acupoint Principles 108

Specific Acupoint Treatment 109

Dizziness, Concussion Symptoms, Knockouts, Faintness 109

Shortness of Breath or "Getting the Wind Knocked Out" 110

No Pulse 111

Summary 113

Glossary 115

Bibliography 127

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