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Vital Point Strikes: The Art & Science of Striking Vital Targets for Self-Defense and Combat Sports [Hardcover]

Sang H. Kim
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  • Hardcover: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Press (15 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934903442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934903445
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,225,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a guide to pressure point striking for the average martial artist. Sang H Kim demystifies the lore of vital point striking and shows you realistic applications of vital point strikes for self-defense and combat sports. For those new to the concept of vital points, he begins by examining the Eastern theory of acupoints, meridians and ki (qi) and the Western scientific concepts of the nervous and circulatory systems, pain threshold and pain tolerance, and the relationship between pain and fear. This synthesis of accepted Eastern and Western theories helps the reader understand what makes vital point striking work and why it can be not only useful in fighting, but deadly. Based on this introduction, you will learn about 202 vital points for use in fighting including the name, point number, location, involved nerves and blood vessels, applicable techniques, sample applications, and potential results for each point.The points are illustrated in detail on an anatomically correct human model, with English, Chinese, and Korean names as well as point numbers for easy reference. In addition to identifying the vital points, Sang H.Kim gives you detailed information about the type of techniques that work for vital point striking including a discussion of fighting zones and ranges, plexus strikes, stance and footwork, bodily weapons, striking directions and angles and dozens of applications for common empty hand, grappling, groundfighting, knife and gun attacks.

Based on over thirty years experience in the martial arts and in-depth research, Sang H. Kim has created one of the most complete books available on the art and science of vital point striking. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great content, poor publication 27 Nov 2012
By John. E
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This book covers pressure point fighting in depth, and as a Dim Mak practitioner as well as other martial arts I found it to be very informative. Full credit to the author who has obviously studied the subject in great detail. However, the author was let down by the poor quality of the photographs which are essential to see exactly what the author is doing in the examples. I am suprised the publishers didn't pick up on this before the book went to publication. If it was a cost cutting decision it backfired ! I haven't seen the kindle version, but having a kindle I know that diagrams and pictures (especially in black and white only) leave a lot to be desired so the photo's in this book are probably even worse than the book !

Summary: If the author decides to write and publish more books I would condider buying, but if he includes photo's etc he should have a serious word with his publishers to produce better quality print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars vital point strikes 23 Sep 2008
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i found this book very enjoyable not only did it cover vital pionts but also fighting range and much more, a good overall view of fighting for sport and self defence. i would say its well worth a read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but........................ 18 Dec 2012
By Trish
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I found this book useful as an overview of the discipline. Detailed descriptions and locations of the necessary points to strike and useful meridian discussion for health applications.I believe that some of the gun disarm techniques described would get you killed. Finding and applying technique to some of the less lethal areas for defence might be difficult in the heat of a real fight when things are happening fast. Overall I have found the book useful.There are the well documented areas for striking that would assist you in a struggle but you're not gonna be a lethal one touch ninja assassin by reading this book. Good as a starting point and encouragement to find out more in practical applications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars indepth study on the meridians 31 July 2011
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probably the most informative and descriptive study on the subject i have read to date. practical and clear in its explanation and assessment of the techniques and power required for each point. recommended to martial artists and/or healers
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3.0 out of 5 stars Purchased the Kindle version...mistake 8 April 2010
By VT Fly Angler - Published on
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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!!! 15 Jun 2008
By Neplusultra - Published on
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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!!!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dangerous book only the experienced should use. 11 May 2010
By Armando N. Roman - Published on
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.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near-Perfect 6 Jan 2009
By Lucas S. Almeida - Published on
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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
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good explanation of the theory, not very practical 1 Feb 2012
By louienapoli - Published on
Have you ever seen a UFC fight? Two highly trained professional mixed martial artists do unarmed battle. They take incredible shots to the face, the head, the body and usually withstand them. Then one of them gets poked in the eye. He stops, crumples, the ref calls a time out. Or the groin. A shot to the groin and things halt while the stricken fighter tries to recover. The eyes and the groin are two well-known vital points that are generally accessible in a real fight. Not so with many of the esoteric meridian points that require precision striking. A fight is full of motion. Usually the people are clothed. Going for a spot directly below the collarbone a bit to the left is going to be tough. Trying for a strike to the spot just under the nostrils, on the upper lip is hard. Hitting the temple less so, the throat even less. In short, the obvious vital points you don't need a book to learn. Hitting them is what we call "dirty fighting" but not in a bad way. This is an interesting book on an esoteric art not unlike acupuncture; however, in acupuncture the person is lying still on the table. In a mugging, a street confrontation, usually not. Understand that the book is probably not going to contain much that's practical that you don't already know, but if you want to learn the esoteric pressure points, why not, it's a good source.
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