Dragon's Touch: Weaknesses of the Human Anatomy Paperback – 1 Jul 1983
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The vital points shown are individual sites (i.e. no set up points or trigger points) with clear physiological effects. Most of them are also well known to those who have studied pressure points to any degree.
I like it because it gives a simple summary of many of the best points to strike. Although it is not comprehensive (and some of my favourite non-lethal ones are not included) it covers a large range of points. The medical waffle is a bit irrelevant and is more about anatomy and not physiological response. Also, the method of striking is not always the way I'd do it and the examples of striking are not the best (two kung-fu people dressed like ninja doing very poor technique).
Buy this: if you are in law enforcement, if you know nothing of pressure points (but train in self-defence or a martial art) and wish to understand simple yet very effective (physiologically) points to attack.
Don't buy this: if you know a lot about pressure point strikes and are looking for something to complement your knowledge (some of the strikes are sub-optimal and although effective, it is simplisitc and doesn't give some of the more interesting points of Dim Mak)
All in all worth a few quid to see another martial art style of striking for maximum effect.
So far, I have found not that much of use for the purpose I purchased it but have been astounded at what I have learnt (if it is genuine) in the weakness's of the human body in certain areas. The only reason as to why I pose the question 'if it is genuine' is because I have no intention of trying many of these out in order to test.
Therein lies the problem. In Judo we know that it is necessary to be able to respond instantly to any given situation without 'thought'. ie. for the techniques that one uses to become 'instinct'. This applies I am sure to most martial arts. But how does one practice this to that level without leaving a trail of corpses or injured people in ones wake? So if there is a problem with the book, it is that.
But with that concern aside, there is value in understanding these points and to try and instill them into ones understanding as there are situations where one can be 'stuck' and something like this can change the outcome dramatically. However, I hope to not find myself ever needing to use this in anger!
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