Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The problem with teaching the Dim Mak is that you run out of students very quickly.

This video shows a series of ‘pressure point’ knockouts. A teacher demonstrates the technique with a student throughout the video. How viable is it to knock out your students regularly, and maintain a school?

Of course, the techniques are never practiced in real-time. The stage is set; the players know their role-It’s nearly a Shakespearean tragedy.

One man enters the dojo to learn martial skills, only to be the victim of a menacing teacher.

Have you ever seen a legitimate instructor treat one of his students in such a way? This is one great advantage that combat sports provide: the ability to test for efficacy.

In boxing, your first sparring session teaches you, in real-time, that what you are doing is either effective or ineffective. It’s measured by punches to the face.

In judo, you either complete the throw, or you don’t. With concrete facts available, you can make adjustments to your technique and improve as a martial artist. “Pressure point” knockouts offer no room for improvement. Your uke already knows how to perform.

He knows to act unconsciously when he is struck – maybe simply the power of suggestion. Whatever the case, we never see these techniques practiced in sparring, and they cannot be taken seriously as an effective martial arts skill.

Perhaps purveyors of this kind of martial nonsense can move to Hollywood, where practicality is taken as seriously as Steven Seagal.

I, personally, see this as an affront to martial arts, and a serious disservice to the practitioners. The ‘masters’ in this con-artistry always seem to be fat guys with a ridiculous amount of stripes on their black belt. It’s no coincidence – to perpetuate their status as master they must portray themselves to be as learned and noble as possible.

However, Buddha-bellies are a serious liability when you’re opponent doesn’t fall on command.