Most helpful positive review
A must-have reference for any serious martial artist.
on February 21, 2000
As a 28 year practictioner of Old Yang style taijiquan, I found many "secret" techiniques contained in this text regarding pressure point attacks. George Dillman has spent over 30 years researching the acupuncture points necessary to end a fight, and in this, his first book, I think he's done a commendable job. I would recommend the serious martial artist buy this and also his second book. I would also recommend purchasing some of his commercial videotapes, either from his school or off of ebay when they become available. The one reviewer who complained that the book did not contain healing techniques should purchase Dillman video #5 which focuses on just that. Essentially, to heal you braodly strike the pressure point you just attacked sharply with one knuckle, using your fingers or the flat of your hand, striking the attacked point in the direction of its natural energy flow (in an attack you go against the energy flow of the meridian). If you don't know the direction of flow, you generally massage the point. If you don't do anything to heal a pressure point strike, the person usually recovers on his or her own in twenty minutes to a half hour. If you knocked them out, they'll usually wake up shortly on their own even if you do nothing to revive them (unless they're on drugs, especially vulnerable to the type of strike you administered, or you hit 4 or more points at once. Then they need revival (but you probably shouldn't have hit 4 or more points to begin with). That's generally it on how to heal a pressure point strike. I still recommend you buy the healing video for the fine points. Any serious martial artist of whatever style should seriously consider buying Dillman's books and videos. Hitting a pressure point and numbing an arm or achieving an electrical (vs. a mechanical) knockout is more humane than breaking a leg, an arm, busting up some teeth or leaving a black eye-- not to mention the whole issue of legal liability! Pressure point fighting is clearly something more people can benefit from learning.