Kyusho-Jitsu: The Dillman Method of Pressure Point Fighting by Chris ThomasThis book is the first in a series, by George Dillman and Chris Thomas. The book contains commentary on Pressure Points and their uses in the martial arts. This book included sections on applications and techniques. It also includes limited narrative on selected pressure points (19 total). For example, in the section on the points, the authors have included five anatomical drawings of the human body. These charts are intended to illustrate the Traditional Chinese Medicine energy pathways throughout the body, which pressure point strikes access. Unfortunatly, the illustrations are lacking in detail, and are somewhat confusing. They have used solid black lines to represent the pathways, and have included multiple channels on each illustration. In the areas where two or more lines may intersect, there is no distinction between the lines. As such, some readers will quickly become lost.
The selected point descriptions are very limited in detail and information, covering 16 Basic points and three advanced points. Using the Chinese descriptive codes, the points covered are L-5, L-6, L-8, H-2, H-3, H-6, LI-7, L-10, L-13, L-7, TW-3, TW-11, TW-12, TW-17, SI-6, SI-7, S-5, S-9 and M-UE-28. The point striking information given the reader is very limited. For example, on page 64, the martial application for Heart Three (H-3) simply lists the martial uses as [this point] may be struck or firmly pressed to bend the elbow. This is concerning, since a sufficient strike to H-3 can also be very dangerous (and potentially fatal). If hit stright in, a sufficient strike to H-3 can severely injure a person by stopping the beating of the heart. The immediate signs of this trauma shock to the body are an ashen gray complexion to the skin. The reciprient of the strike will collapse into unconsciousness, since their circulatory system has effectively been shut down. With sufficient force and intent, this same strike can also be fatal. These additional uses of the points in fighting are not covered, and their riskes are not covered.
The Truth About Pressure Points: Which Ones Can Kill You And Which Ones Are Just Myths
However, assigning a clear cut definition to the term Pressure Point Fighting is not such an easy task because it will have different meanings to different people, especially martial artists. Depending on the martial arts style or system, pressure point fighting can range from being functional and pragmatic to downright ridiculous. In my reality based self defense system, Contemporary Fighting Arts, our pressure point fighting techniques differ drastically from most martial arts pressure points by focusing exclusively on real world self defense applications. This means our pressure point fighting methodology is efficient, effective and safe which means that you will stand the best chances of success when faced with a self defense encounter. I am a martial arts innovator with over 30 years of training in reality based self defense and I can assure you that such old school martial arts pressure point stories are nothing more than fairy tales, absolute nonsense that deserves the very same credibility as Santa Claus and the Golden Goose. Sadly enough, there are droves of gullible people who will actually believe such rubbish and actually devote a good portion of their lives to pursue and study it. So exactly what is the definition of human pressure points as it relates to fighting?
Martial Arts vs. Medicine
Yet somehow we find ourselves clenching when someone rubs our temples too hard or a masseuse presses deep on the muscles in our neck, near our jawline. Movies have shown us that pressing down on certain parts of the body can knock you out or even kill you — but how much of this is backed by science? The fact is, pressure points are sensitive parts of the body that can either be used for healing or pain — whether massaged or struck, they can help you feel better, but they can also impair you. Whether or not touching pressure points can lead to death is unknown and usually dismissed by scientists but explored a little below. The notion of pressure points originally began in Japanese martial arts.