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Advanced Pressure Point Fighting of Ryukyu Kempo: Dillman Theory for All Systems Point Fighting [Paperback]

Chris Thomas , George A. Dillman
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Jan. 1 1994
Precise anatomical locations of pressure points coupled with diagrams, and striking methods. personal self-defense. Has been called a must read for every serious martial artist.

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Dillman's theory will totally change the way future generations learn karate

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George A. Dillman, a 9th degree black belt in Ryukyu Kempo Tomari-te, recently honored by Black Belt Magazine as “ 1997--Instructor of the Year” is one of the U.S.A.’s best known and well-established martial arts personalities. Dillman came to the attention of the martial arts press when he began competing in the early 1960’s. By the end of that decade, he had started running his own tournament, called the Northeast Open Karate Championships. This competition was held annually-- the first kicking off in Palmer Park, Maryland in 1966. The site was moved to Suitland Maryland in 1967, and moved again to Reading, PA in 1968 where it was held until 1996.

Official Karate magazine (Nov.1982), described Dillman as, “one of the winningest competitors karate has ever known.” Dillman was four-times National Karate Champion (1969-1972) and during this period was consistently ranked among top ten competitors in the nation by major karate magazines. During his nine-year competitive career, Dillman claimed a total of 327 trophies in fighting, forms, breaking, and weapons.

Dillman began serious martial arts training in 1961 with Harry G. Smith. He went on to study with Daniel K. Pai, James Coffman, Sam Pearson, Robert Trias and Seiyu Oyata. Dillman has always considered himself a student, never a master of the martial arts. To this end he and his wife and students have traveled throughout the United States to meet and train with various martial arts experts.

Because of his perseverance, Dillman’s martial arts talents have earned him widespread U.S. media coverage. He has appeared on 35 National TV shows, including: Real People, Mike Douglas, PM Magazine, Evening Magazine, and NBC’s Sports Machine. Dillman has also been featured five times in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and has been the subject of over 300 newspaper and magazine articles. Dillman, who was a professional boxer for three and one half years, is the only person known to have trained with both Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali. In May of 1988. Dillman was inducted into the Berks County Sports Hall of Fame. He was the first martial artist to be included.

Currently, Dillman travels the world teaching seminars on pressure points and tuite (grappling) hidden within the traditional movements of the old martial arts forms. It is his research and scientific dissection of the old forms that is earning him his most notoriety. Never one to shy away from controversy, Dillman has rediscovered a formerly secret level of meaning for kata movements, and has made that interpretation understandable to all. He has produced a video tape instructional series on the pressure points, and has written six books with Chris Thomas: Kyusho-Jitsu: The Dillman Method of Pressure Point Fighting; Advanced Pressure Point Fighting of Ryukyu Kempo; Advanced Pressure Point Grappling: Tuite; Pressure Point Karate Made Easy; Humane Pressure Point Self-Defense; and Little Jay Learns Karate. The books have been said to be,” the definitive martial arts books of the century,” and “unparalleled among current martial arts literature.”

Dillman is the chief instructor for Dillman Karate International, an organization of over 85 schools worldwide, with an enrollment of nearly 15,000 students. He has studied under five 10th degree black belts from Okinawa and is currently furthering his personal study through research, practice, and the sharing of techniques with Prof. Remy Presas ( Modern Arnis) and Prof. Wally Jay (Small Circle Jujitsu).

Chris Thomas has studied karate since 1970, and holds a black belt ranking in three separate styles: Shotokan, Isshinryu, and Ryukyu Kempo Tomari-te. Thomas is a widely published and respected authority on martial arts whose works have appeared in martial arts periodicals world-wide.

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Many people just want to learn how to beat someone up. Mr Dillman shows the most efective and 'sometimes' humain methods of controling a situation. The book is mearly a tool in discovering the finer details of PP fighting. Having studied Acupuncture and Martial arts for a large portion of my life I feel strongley that the information given is of great importance to any martial artist. Having been KO'ed by some of these points I can Guarentee that these techniques DO work. The problem is not the techniques that are taught by Mr Dillman but by people having "Tunnel Vission" with regards their martial arts. A thoroughly enjoyable book and a recommended read for any one with an interest in martial arts and PP fighting, although it does help to have a bit of knowledge about how the body functions both in western medicine and in Chinese philosophy also. Well done Mr Dillman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Lots of knowledge May 31 2004
I am training under one of George Dillman's former students and I find this book to be a great reference tool. For all of those who would say this can never be used, I invite you to visit [...] and look around. There you will find more than 20 video clips of these techniques and point strikes, demonstrated for practical application. If you still doubt it, go to one of Dillman's seminars or perhaps find an instructor, who can show you how effective this information can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pressure points are the way to go Dec 30 2003
By Dave
To any and all people who think Dillamn is a fraud, you should come to a seminar and see how easy it is to knock out a non-believer. Master Dillman's methods are both awe-inspiring and highly effective. Some people are just too afraid of what they don't understand. The rest are just too confident in their "partial arts"
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pure fantasy Aug. 17 2003
By A Customer
I wonder if Mr Dillman has ever had a real fight? because there is nothing in this book that could be used in a real fight. The techniques are pure fantasy. They rely on cooperation and robotic responses to artificial attacks in a highly controlled enviroment. Save your money and dont bother with this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars big disappointment April 7 2003
By A Customer
Dillman knows how to do pressure points, but his book is too general and the pictures are taken from 10 feet away during one of his seminars. He should have hired someone to do close up pictures. If you want to see people passing out ,fine.
If you really want to learn this stuff, don't waste your money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars hhmmmm............... Jan. 8 2001
By A Customer
Firstly don`t bother to read this unless you are robot,because the techniques in this book are fantasy unless of course you are a robot fighting a robot.It is rediculous to think you can apply strikes to kyusho points against a maniac who is trying to rip your face off.All the techniques rely on cooperation which looks good within the world of symbolic combat which this is.I think this is a bad book giving people false ideas about the reality of a fight and a false sense of security.For some ideas about real combat I suggest one of the many books by geoff thompson.Or if you are seriously interested in a deep insight into Kata then Nathan Johnson`s "barefoot zen" is for you. My advice look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A true inspiration for a traditional kata lover Aug. 14 2000
Dillman presents seriously advanced theory and technique in a manner that is quite easy to follow. His detail of each meridian point and the proper striking technique to use with it is invaluable. The part I enjoyed the most about the book though, was the way Dillman brought kata to life. He truely understands kata in a manner that the masters intended. If there ever were secrets and hidden movements in kata these are surely some of the interpretations. A real inspiration for any traditional martial artist.
My only negative outlook on the book was that after I gained a simple and working understanding of the meridians and the cycles of creation and destruction, I wanted more detail. I guess that is going to be my next book! Good set up Mr. Dillman.
Having the kata Nai Han Chi in my style, I particulary enjoyed the interpretations to it, but have so many more questions about how other katas might be interpreted. Applying the theory to your style and experimenting with training partners is half the fun though! And a great part of the journey. If you run traditional katas in your style, read this book. Read it slow. And let your mind go to work!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pressure Point Fighting May 25 2000
This is the second book in Mr. Dillman and Thomas' series on Pressure Point Fighting. It is much more in-depth than their first book, which the authors reference as laying the "foundations" of using Pressure Point Fighting techniques. This book covers significantly more material, and makes better use of charts and illustrations. Some of the theories presented by the authors on the basis of Pressure Point Strikes, as well as the reasons why Pressure Points work, are controversial within the Martial Arts and Medical community. The authors attempt to cover 78 of the 350+ classical Chinese acupoints (22 on the arms, 26 on the head, 13 on the torso, 10 on the legs and 7 on the back), and 7 "extra-ordinary" points (5 on the arms, one on the head, and one on the legs).
The authors have used a series of body photographs to illustrate the Traditional Chinese Medicine energy pathways and acupoint locations. While the illustrations are an improvement, in my opinion, over Mr. Dillman and Thomas' first book, there are a few problems too. Several of the photos have problems with incorrect lighting, occasional out of focus images and lack of detail in certain poses. As such, they are of varying degrees of usefulness. The authors have also elected to use a mixture of black dots and "bullseye" stickers, placed on the skin of the photo subject, to highlight pressure point locations.
The level of information given on each point is not consistently presented. In general, the authors give a description of the point location, and give what they believe is the anatomical structural association of the point (i.e., why it works in that area of the body).
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