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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Purchased the Kindle version...mistake April 7 2010
By VT Fly Angler - Published on Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Near-Perfect Jan. 6 2009
By Lucas S. Almeida - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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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 Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid MA book Dec 10 2008
By Tenshi - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for answers when it comes to realistic application of pressure point strikes and a deep discussion of practical close-quarters combat, this is a book you will want to read and add to your shelf.

This work is not for beginners, but anyone starting from intermediate level in any martial art will greatly benefit from it.
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