Touch: The Science Behind the Legend of Dim-Mak
by Michael Kelly
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.
Paperback from Paladin Press