The legend of Dim Mak and the death touch has always been shrouded with skepticism and myth, but there is a large amount of truth to it through a combination of pressure points, chi energy, the body’s meridian lines and attacking vital points to effect major organs and the central nervous system.
What is Dim Mak?
Dim Mak, which translates to ”energy interruption” is the study of attacking vital parts of the body with little force, but yielding maximum results.
For example, Dim Mak would allow a woman to strike vital points of the body against a far bigger and stronger attacker, subdue the attacker and escape.
Dim Mak takes an hour to learn, but a lifetime to master. There are many different levels of skill from pressure points, vital points, chi energy, meridians, and the science of the cardiovascular and central nervous system.
Pressure points are used greatly across Chinese medicine for healing, such as acupuncture, where as Reiki heals in the form of energy massage. As illustrated by the Yin Yang philosophy, there are two opposing and complimenting principles. In this case, Reiki uses energy for healing while Dim Mak uses it to inflict damage.
By attacking pressure points on the body’s meridian lines and projecting energy when attacking these points can have a great effect.
Despite much disbelief by the western world, the death touch is real. The official scientific research into meridians and energy interruption is limited, but it has been confirmed that trauma to certain pressure points under specific circumstances will have catastrophic consequences.
For example, striking the vital point on the heart meridian can cause a lethal disruption of the heart’s rhythm and result in cardiac arrest.
You can also strike specific points on the body in sequence which will confuse the central nervous system and shut the brain down for a second, resulting in instant unconsciousness without using lethal force.
There are six death points which are only taught to the most trusted of instructors, but like the advanced moves a BJJ black belt learns, you have to work your way up the ranks to both earn and understand the knowledge.
One of our friends, Anthony Pillage, was an instructor of such arts. After training with some of the best Dim Mak and pressure point practitioners in the world, Tony held seminars across the UK where he would demonstrate the art of Dim Mak, pressure points and energy interruption.
Sadly, Tony left us in 2018, but his memory will live on forever through his Coventry based martial arts school, The Way of the Spiritual Warrior. Here is a video demonstration of Tony’s level 1 techniques:
Another world-class instructor in both pressure points and energy interruption is Sifu Steve Burton who has dedicated many years studying in the mountains of China as well as other location around the world to perfect his craft. His website offers an enormous amount of education on the subject. Here is a video of Sifu Steve Burton’s basic demonstrations: