Michael Sternbach

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  2. Things are not as simple as they seem. Much of Dillman's material (books and videos) is well researched and valuable. He eventually did take his claims a little too far though, which I am pretty sure he believed himself. Unlike most other "masters", he and some of his seniors did not shy away from public demonstrations on outsiders, which is basically commendable. Some of this didn't work out - and the subsequent criticism was devastating. When he and some of his students simply didn't factor in that the results wouldn't be as predictable as they thought they would be. The video assumes that there may be hypnotic induction involved in some so-called "chi knockouts." That statement is kind of funny, because how do we know how hypnosis works? Hypnotism started with Mesmerism, which involves stroking over the subject's body, and chi most likely plays a role here too. Much of what is taught as Dim Mak/Kyusho-jitsu is viable, if applied properly. Does this mean that no-touch/light-touch knockouts work on anybody under any circumstances? No. But neither does a kick to the groin. On the other hand, I have personally incapacitated people with light strikes on some occasions, especially to the solar plexus. Gichin Funakoshi in his Karate-do Kyohan got it right: A technique will be more effective if it is hitting a vital point than it would be otherwise. However, he recommended to put all of one's power into such a strike in case of a self-defence situation. He also empasized that it works best when taking the aggressor by surprise. It's true that the hit that knocks you down is often the one you didn't see coming.
  3. As a side remark, isn't it fascinating that the ancient Chinese bestowed us with beverages called Jing Tonics? It lends proof to Douglas Adams' statements in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe:
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  7. Not The Art of War anyway, that's why they lost the Vietnam war, said Marblehead.
  8. The late Ed Parker was thinking of adding a gun form to the program after he had introduced a club and a knife form, however, this idea was never realized.
  9. Barking up the wrong tree.
  10. Hi Brion That's very interesting. My primary martial art is American Kenpo, which I am studying with a direct student of Mr. Parker's. Also, based on my other martial arts experiences, I am integrating many Kyusho-jitsu/Dim-mak strikes into my personal expression of Kenpo, drawing mostly from information provided by George Dillman and Erle Montaigue. - BTW, I consider these two martial artists the real pioneers in teaching the West vital point striking; others chimed in, but these two have paved the way.
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  12. A skin is a good analogy, as it is letting certain things pass, while rejecting others. What matters is that you use an image that you resonate with.
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  14. They are using the incident as a smoke-screen to impose strict restrictions on uninvolved martial artists. That is sad and outrageous.
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