Whether you use its Chinese name, its Japanese name kyusho-jutsu or its American name pressure-point fighting , the result the same: People who practice the controversial martial art technique affirm the effectiveness of their methods, which concentrate on attacking vulnerable areas of the body through acupuncture points, and claim their art is an invaluable link to the fighting skills of the past. Meanwhile, critics insist that dim mak points either do not exist or are ineffective in combat. They base their arguments on the assumption that there are no documented cases of injuries from blows delivered to the points, either accidentally or intentionally, during combat. This part of the artery contains a special sensory organ, the carotid sinus, which monitors the pressure of the blood that flows to the brain. When the pressure is too high, it signals the vasomotor center in the brain to decrease the blood pressure by dilating the peripheral blood vessels and decreasing the heart rate. Physicians routinely exploit the heart- rate-lowering effect of carotid sinus stimulation to stop certain abnormal heart rhythms.
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Kyusho-Jutsu often referred to as Pressure point fighting literally means Vital point Technique. It is an Japanized Acupuncture point striking art based on the Chinese arts systems of: Dim Mak: Meaning to strike the vessel or meridian in Cantonese This is essentially a Japanization of Traditional Chinese medical concepts that themselves originated in India an art called Marma and martial systems with a western medical flourish to make the concepts palatable to the western mind.
Modern kyusho is always referred to as Kyusho-jitsu. Below is the correct Terminology. These words are pronounced differently and mean much different things.
One of the other Jitsu meanings comes from the word used for a type of Stamp a Hanko or Jitsu-in for personal stamping of official or personal documents. Some may ask what difference this all makes?. Kyusho is NOT dim mak. This again is one of the major misconceptions, That Dim Mak and Kyusho are the same thing. As stated above, The arts that became Dim Mak came from Marma shastra, A vedic vital point tradition. The reason i say potentially, is simply to do with the fact that older and modern Shaolin Dim mak manuals have many points or targets that lie on blood vessels or directly effect organs and systems via damaging their Chi and blood flow or causing local and systemic stasis or stagnation these are different things in Shaolin traumatology.
This includes dislocations, bone breaking methods and is not limited to ballistic striking practice. This refers directly to attacking acupuncture points or the crescent moon depending on how the character is read alluding to the anatomical landmarks that most points are found in.
The reasons for the above clarification is that in Shaolin tradition Striking the meridian with no direct focus on attacking an acupuncture point directly causes traumatic disharmony in that meridian and related organ with recognizable patterns of pathology. The training methods do not emphasize extreme accuracy in the same way that Dim yuet training does. A note on Vessels or meridians and their representation. Older meridian illustrations and modern post cultural revolution are often different in placement and path.
This is something to consider. Many of them train for short explosive movements and Chi generation, herbal injury management and most of their patterns are short. However others are longer Chow gar southern praying mantis, Tai ji quan, Bagua as examples.
Image: Partial Shaolin 36 vital points diagrams — Jin jing Zhong. Kyusho despite its common heritage and using much of the same theoretical underpinnings as Dim Mak, Kyusho seems also focuses on modern neuro-vascular effects and have more of a human focus and less of a focus on maiming or killing by attacking the Blood and Chi of a person to cause short or long term traumatic dis-harmonies.
Furthermore, Kyusho-jutsu, despite it having an older histroy in japan having been seeded from Dim Mak. Is not the same. The older art of Kyusho or Atemi is close in function and goal to dim mak and many of the older charts from certain schools Takagi yoshin, Shinkage jutsusu etc have similar points to some antique dim mak charts. Image: Takagi yoshin Ryu Kyusho chart. This is just not the case. Nor was it created by by Zhang san feng, The somewhat mythological founder of Taiji at wudang shan.
As an example. However, There are other forms of Shaolin dim mak as well as many other systems of Dim mak that use different theories to explain their uses and affects. The Dim Mak practiced by San feng in the 13th century was learned while he was studying at the shaolin temple under his teacher Feng Yiyuan, who has also been credited with the creation of many dim mak skills, including the 36 vital points. Thus it can not have been created by him. This statement is ignorant of the facts. The statement is uneducated at best.
You can not attack blood vessels and not effect Nerves or the nervous system. You can not attack nerves and not effect blood flow. The problem with Authority figures. Especially living people who have a large invested audience that take their words as gospel. At this point, should you retard a persons ability to think for them selves or investigate all available sources, you are guilty of enforced Nescience, by occulting or obfuscation of knowledge and denying a person an ability to learn via the strength of your authority, you are enforcing ignorance.
This, Sadly is all too common in our world. The above behavior is NOT the job of an Educator. You are NOT an arbitrator of truth, All humans are fallible and all models of reality are just that. Best guesses based on observation and extrapolation. Personal beliefs and feelpinions are irrelevant to the study of any subject. Constant curiosity and investigation are relevant, Developing and applying Discernment and critical thinking skills are a key attributes and an immediate pathological skepticism response is not an indicator of Discernment skills or even critical thinking skills.
To beat a dead horse and give even further examples. Below I will list a number of Kung fu systems based on Dim Mak skill study.
A number of Qigong for internal development as well as hand conditioning routines. Again using a number of Qigong and Daoyin exercises for the development of qi for use in combat and in healing. It is also common for most forms of Wing chun to have Iron palm and qi gong methods. I know for a fact there are at least 16 Dim mak fighting forms and combined Qigong exercises within Yang Taiji 4 cornerstone forms and 12 changing hands forms.
Whats-more Eagle claw wang otherwise known as Ho Feng ming had techniques to go along with a list of vital points that were attacked on the body. By now it should be no surprise that this art has its own Qigong and conditioning methods using Dit dah jow so as to have hardened striking and grasping tools that project chi into a person.
There are other arts such as; Bak mei pai white eyebrow sect Bak fu pai White tiger sect , Lung Ying Dragon claw , Bai he White crane of all sorts all are much the same with their own backgrounds in dim mak and with their own practices of conditioning and Qigong.
To reiterate. Many of them have varying ideas of why their system works the way it does and varying histories of origin concerning Dim Mak in their system. Some of it older than others. Share this:.
Dim Mak vs Kyusho
Kyusho-Jutsu often referred to as Pressure point fighting literally means Vital point Technique. It is an Japanized Acupuncture point striking art based on the Chinese arts systems of: Dim Mak: Meaning to strike the vessel or meridian in Cantonese This is essentially a Japanization of Traditional Chinese medical concepts that themselves originated in India an art called Marma and martial systems with a western medical flourish to make the concepts palatable to the western mind. Modern kyusho is always referred to as Kyusho-jitsu. Below is the correct Terminology. These words are pronounced differently and mean much different things. One of the other Jitsu meanings comes from the word used for a type of Stamp a Hanko or Jitsu-in for personal stamping of official or personal documents. Some may ask what difference this all makes?.
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