Introduction to Dim Mak
(Acupuncture Points Strikes)
Dim mak has many useful benefits, it makes our martial arts training more interesting, it can be an extra tool we can use to defeat an attacker and I believe most importantly it can lead martial artists to become acupuncturists. This is because the dim mak points are all acupuncture points. Out of the four hundred acupuncture points (approximately 360 main points and 40 extra points) 26 work as dim mak points. These 26 dim mak points are all clearly explained in my book and online course.
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To be able to use dim mak on a basic level one only needs to know the location of a handful of easily accessible points and to use ones martial arts skill to avoid being hit and to put oneself in a position where one can hit the opponent. Many of the points work when just hit with normal external power, one does not need to spend years learning fa jin (striking with an explosive release of internal force). However by knowing true fa jin it makes it possible to generate massive force from a very short distance. This means if we do not have much room to manoeuver we can hit the dim mak points from very close distance and they will still work.
Dim mak works because the acupuncture points that we hit are on the anatomically most weak and vulnerable areas of the body. They are over major nerves and blood vessels and the most vulnerable parts of the neck and skull. Many of them are also right over major internal organs like the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys, so even if you do not hit the point exactly but are in roughly the right area they will still work.
There is no mystery to dim mak it is correct according to western anatomical science. For example one of the dim mak points is on the thinnest part of the skull, when it is hit there will be a skull fracture. Another is on top of a nerve that controls the heart, when it is hit there will be a sudden drop in blood pressure and the opponent will go unconscious.
Dim mak means hitting the acupuncture points with fa jin explosive energy strikes, to cause disorientation, weakness and collapse, temporary or permanent paralysis, unconsciousness or death. Different results are possible depending on which point or combination of points are hit.
It is clear that in China in ancient times martial artists new acupuncture and used this knowledge to make their fighting systems more effective. It is a great skill to be able to use dim mak to defeat an opponent if we are attacked. However if we take a deep look into our selves we realize that just cultivating the skill of being able to harm people is very unbalanced. However if we study acupuncture then we have some balance, we can heal injuries to ourselves and others that occur during our martial arts training and also help members of the public to recover from illness and injury.
There are actually a few misunderstandings about dim mak that need to be clarified, for example some people still think that we have to hit certain points at certain times of day for the dim mak effect to work. This is incorrect, acupuncture points whether they are used for dim mak or acupuncture work all the time. The thinnest part of the skull will always be the thinnest part of the skull whatever the time of day. The location of the nerve that controls the heart will always be in the same location and always be as equally vulnerable to a strike whatever the time of day. So people who say certain points only work at certain times of the day are simply ignorant of a basic knowledge of anatomy.
Many people also believe that one needs to know about the creative and destructive cycle of the five elements theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine to be able to use dim mak correctly. Again this is not the case, all one needs to know is the location of the point and the direction of the strike.
One of the biggest misunderstandings about dim mak is because it is sometimes called the death touch. It is not a touch it is a very powerful fa jin strike delivered with great force, you cannot defeat someone with just a touch, the reason that this misunderstanding has grown is that to an onlooker the strike was so small and quick that it just looked like a touch.
Another common myth which has crept into the dim mak (acupuncture point striking) story is that people say that they were knocked out and the fighter never touched them. What really happened was the fa jin strike was to fast to see and with a knock out the person who has been hit, upon recovering consciousness has lost the memory of the second just before he went into knock out. The loss of memory is a very common consequence of concussion from a blow to the head.
They did not see the strike land or recall the feeling of the blow so they inevitably jump to the conclusion that it never landed and then they say that they were knocked out without being touched and so another myth is created.
Dim mak should never be used for demonstrations only for defeating opponents. There is short and long term damage from any type of knock out, so it would not be sensible for a person to volunteer themselves to be hit at a seminar where dim mak is being demonstrated.
So if we train to be effective acupuncturists as well as effective martial artists then we have a yin yang balance in our training and our lives. We can be healers as well as fighters by using the same knowledge of acupuncture points for both combat and healing. For healing we would be tapping into our higher spiritual nature and for fighting we tap into our animal survival nature.
Dim Mak for Martial Arts
Paul has written many Chinese Martial and Healing Arts Books.