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The majority of all techniques shown within this book will need an experienced understanding of a Martial Art in order to perform them (so if you want to read this book and you are not a Martial Artist, then there is not much point in reading it).
This book opened my eyes and taught me a lot, escpecially the medical implications which i think is very important to know and understand what the consequences of such deadly blows can cause. If you haven't read this book, i would recommend it.
In total the book covers twenty four strikes to different parts of the body, including the jaw, the nose, the neck (front and back), the ribs, the groin, the kidney, the spleen, to name but a few.
Each move has several well drawn and clear diagrams which allow you to see the effects from the strike, from different angles. Next to the diagrams there is about a page of writing which explains the minimal effects of the strike, and works its way upto the worst possible effects, which is usually paralaysis, coma, and death.
The science side of this book is certainly right and i'm sure any doctor would agree with it, but the way that it is explained, makes the reader think that almost the slightest strike to someones body or head, will almost kill them. I know when i read it it made me scared to even hit someone, unless they had a knife to me or somthing, but after i checked it out else where, i came to the conclusion that the blows have to be immensly hard to do the sort of damaged described in this book. And if you sparring in the Dojo woth protective pads then there is no chance of these injuries happening.
In the very back of the book there are several pages about different forms of first aid. Unfortuately they can't go into too much detail because they are not qualified but there is still some very useful infomation about first aid, just incase you may ever need to do some.
Reading this book does certainly make you realise though just how extreamly dangerous martial arts is and that it can easily be misused. In the future i will definately be much more careful about where and how hard i strike someone.
Overall a very interesting book which although may not be of much use inside the Dojo, it will certainly come in handy if you are attacked on the street and you need to put the attacker out of action without killing him. Recommended for the serious martial arts student.