Dr. Joseph Bannon Ph.D., Former Government Special Agent, U.S. Presidential Bodyguard, and Founder of the Surgical Strike System™ of Dim Mak - Kung Fu; has developed a medically and scientifically based “Quick Kill” and “Rapid Defense” counter assault system designed to immediately stop an attack against one’s self; or during the protection or rescue of another. The foundational concepts and ideologies of this acupuncture point based fighting system date back to the Shaolin Temple in China - 495 A.D. where the most superior fighting art was based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Ancient Martial Arts Secrets.
Dim mak in their eyes therefore, is like reverse acupuncture, its evil twin. It can be use to cure and to kill.Equally, Dr Michael Kelly, graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and author of Death Touch: The Science Behind the legend of Dim Mak has spent years studying the medical effects of dim mak and has found numerous cases to support the validity of the martial art.
Literally translated, dim mak (Mandarin: dian xue) means “touching the body’s caves,” so a dim mak practitioner uses strikes to create indentations (caves) on his opponent’s body to stop or disrupt his chi (qi; “life energy”). These attacks can injure, poison or kill an individual.
Not all points are struck or seized in the same way. And when you take into account the deteriorating physical ability of the old Chinese martial arts masters, you can see how the technique of delivery is special and unique to DM. The result is a combat technique that is devastating, simple and graceful. As a practical system of self defense for the busy person living in the twenty first century, DM is unsurpassed.
Dim Mak requires an in-depth understanding of the meridians, chi flow, yin and yang, five elements, and selected pressure points in the body. It requires knowing when to and how to most effectively use these points. Basically there are 108 original Dim Mak points 72 of which can maim and 36 points that can kill if struck with sufficient focus and intent. When using Dim Mak strikes to these points additional caution should be exercised as even light contact can produce adverse physiological results.
Most today agree that the use of pressure points evolved through various forms of oriental medicine and also through martial arts masters who doubled as healers in olden times. So both the good and bad effects of pressure points evolved as duplicity between "the medicine man" that in many cases was also the martial arts teacher and the Chinese oriental medical doctor. In fact, Dim Mak points evolved into a trauma branch of Chinese oriental medicine again emphasizing their healing potential as much as their combat capabilities.
This information was formulated based on ancient acupressure points in the body. They would stimulate the points on either animals or humans. It is very well known of tests of Dim Mak striking on different kinds of animals and even prisoners were used to test out the points to see if they indeed worked as they had thought.
The ancient self defence martial arts art of Dim Mak is the Cantonese translation of “Dian Xue”. Both terms mean the same thing, they literally translate as "spotting blood". It is also known as the death touch, the delayed death touch, poison hand or vital points striking.
In the past, this knowledge was only taught to the most advanced and trusted students. As the martial arts spread around the world, the knowledge of dim mak (pressure point fighting) remained in seclusion. Thus, the true nature of many martial arts remained shrouded in secrecy. Recently this tradition of secrecy has been broken and there are martial arts masters who teach the methods of attacking the points to the public.
Dim mak is an extremely dangerous martial art, which can cause a great deal of damage to the human body. The effects of attacking the dim mak points include knockout, death, and a delayed death. Many have seen videotapes and seminars where a subject looses consciousness after being struck on certain points. Although this is a very dramatic demonstration method, it could have dangerous consequences.