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Vital Point Strikes: The Art & Science of Striking Vital Targets for Self-Defense and Combat Sports: The Art and Science of Striking Vital Targets for Self-Defense and Combat Sports Paperback – 1 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Press (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934903051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934903056
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.2 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kim is a forty-something martial artist who has been practicing and teaching the popular arts of Taekwondo and Junsado for over thirty years.


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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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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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x892d87ec) out of 5 stars 111 reviews
69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x892e1384) out of 5 stars Purchased the Kindle version...mistake 8 April 2010
By VT Fly Angler - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
93 of 105 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x944fc4fc) out of 5 stars Nothing short of AWESOME!!! 15 Jun. 2008
By Neplusultra - Published on Amazon.com
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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!!!
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89a63fe4) out of 5 stars Near-Perfect 6 Jan. 2009
By Lucas S. Almeida - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x893ecd44) out of 5 stars Vital Point strikes 11 Aug. 2013
By open minded listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Obviously a translation by someone who was not a native English speaker. It covered some of what I was looking for but I found it somewhat hard to follow and did not like the way the material was presented.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x893cfcfc) out of 5 stars Excellent book 13 Jun. 2011
By Glenn Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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I've bought a lot of books on this subject. Most of them are junk. This one is the real deal-- it is one of less than a handful of books on this subject that I actively use. If you are buying a book on this subject, this is probably the place to start. There is a substantial amount of information in it-- huge amount of bang for the buck.
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