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Vital Point Strikes: The Art & Science of Striking Vital Targets for Self-Defense and Combat Sports [Paperback]

Sang H. Kim
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A vital point is a pressure sensitive point on or near the surface of the human body. Read the first page
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This is an excellent volume with large black & white photo's plus clear diagrams. A lot of work, research went into making this book. Techniques are shown which are drawn from actual experience. As a basic text it is great and has finer detail for the advanced student of martial Arts. One drawback is a few, but not all, of the images are muddy. That is some of the pictures lack contrast and are hard to view clearly. Many interesting comparisons between western and eastern thoughts on body systems. There is room to write notes and questions in the margins. A good book to have in your pressure Point library. I still take it out and re-read sections to solidify my understand of this broad subject. It is impossible to absorb the data in this book in a few sittings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Feb. 14 2014
By Roberts
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A well made book, exactly what I wanted! A valuable component to add to the library any martial arts adept.
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4.0 out of 5 stars layed out well easy to learn the striking points Sept. 8 2014
Helpfull enjoyable read, layed out well easy to learn the striking points.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars Sept. 12 2014
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useful but a little complicated
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3.0 out of 5 stars Purchased the Kindle version...mistake April 7 2010
By VT Fly Angler - Published on
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I purchased the Kindle version of this. It's a good book and highly recommend it for advanced karate students. I purchased the Kindle version however, and the graphics were hard to see. Buy it in paper instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of AWESOME!!! June 15 2008
By Neplusultra - Published on
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I have just about every book imaginable on Kyusho-Jitsu/Dim-Mak/Pressure Points. And as a black belt in Shin Mae Shorin Ryu, I incorporate pressure points into everything that I do.
Let me just say that I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
It is the most thorough book I have ever seen on the subject. This knowledge is that of true martial arts masters. Sang H. Kim is a great author & martial artist, but he really out did himself with this work!
He obviously worked hard on this book. He clearly shows & describes the points & he also shows many excellent applications.
I don't often say this, but this book is worth much more than it is being sold for!
These are the secrets that the ancient masters guarded so closely.
You cannot put a price on this kind of knowledge!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dangerous book only the experienced should use. May 11 2010
By Armando N. Roman - Published on
First things first, this book is excellent. Sang H. Kim has no equal in his art, and I have nothing but full respect for him. Pressure points were a specialty of mine when I was still active in competitive martial arts, and while my outlook on fighting has changed over the years, it's best to end a fight quickly, and going for the vitals is the surefire way to do that. The presentation of this book is very well-organized, has many useful pictures, charts and photos showing every single pressure point [except two I know of that are best kept out of books to the public] and how to apply the strikes in real life situations. This isn't your standard martial arts book that shows you to 'do this if this happens', but it thoroughly explains everything and why you're doing it. My only gripe is with the photos and that they aren't in color, but black and white, so -sometimes- it's hard to see certain things, but usually everything's very clear.

But my main criticism is that this book is extremely dangerous, and I don't think it should've been released with this much information. Any martial artist of any rank can get it, read a few pages, think they're a killing machine, and then will either hurt someone else very seriously, or do something wrong and get hurt them self. Please, if you're interested in getting this book and have martial arts experience, ask your master about it if they know anything. As someone who was on the receiving end of a pressure point strike over 10 years ago, I still haven't recovered from a hit on my inner elbow, and can't hold my arm still without continuous shaking. But if you're using this book for reference and to know what points to keep more protected, that'd be the best reason to get this.

Again, the book itself is an excellent resource, and I wish it had been out when I was younger. Seeing just how many pressure points there are on the human body is incredible, and knowing that you're doing acupuncture in reverse with the knowledge on these pages isn't something to take lightly. Please use the utmost care if you plan on actually using the techniques in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Near-Perfect Jan. 6 2009
By Lucas S. Almeida - Published on
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Well, the reason for the five stars is the presentation, which is VERY solid compared to most martial arts books.. The charts and graphs are clear, althought the black clothes sometimes make it hard to see. Not for beginners .. The tecniques usually need a lot of transition to happen

Seems a good item to maximize strikes... The only thing that disapointed me is that some points are a bit vague... Without more references like "2 inches bellow collarbone" became "bellow the joint of collarbone and shoulder" Without a solid reference sometimes, it became hard to get the point..

Thinking in the past, it would be a highly treasured manual for striking some 100 or 150 years ago... Now its just as good... Just a little more care with the pictures and point descriptions would make it totally perfect... But that will surely be fixed in a second edition
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good explanation of the theory, not very practical Jan. 31 2012
By louienapoli - Published on
Have you ever seen a UFC fight? Two highly trained professional mixed martial artists do unarmed battle. They take incredible shots to the face, the head, the body and usually withstand them. Then one of them gets poked in the eye. He stops, crumples, the ref calls a time out. Or the groin. A shot to the groin and things halt while the stricken fighter tries to recover. The eyes and the groin are two well-known vital points that are generally accessible in a real fight. Not so with many of the esoteric meridian points that require precision striking. A fight is full of motion. Usually the people are clothed. Going for a spot directly below the collarbone a bit to the left is going to be tough. Trying for a strike to the spot just under the nostrils, on the upper lip is hard. Hitting the temple less so, the throat even less. In short, the obvious vital points you don't need a book to learn. Hitting them is what we call "dirty fighting" but not in a bad way. This is an interesting book on an esoteric art not unlike acupuncture; however, in acupuncture the person is lying still on the table. In a mugging, a street confrontation, usually not. Understand that the book is probably not going to contain much that's practical that you don't already know, but if you want to learn the esoteric pressure points, why not, it's a good source.
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