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“Written” by Chi Khan
If you have already read The Vital Sacrifice, then you already know that it mentions the concept of Dim Mak. But you may be wondering “what is Dim Mak?” Well here, I will explain it to the best of my ability.
So a long, long, long time ago, in lands now known to us as Asia, masters created martial arts. You have to keep in mind that mankind didn’t have a lot of protections against the forces of nature in the way that we do now, so fighting off a wild animal or even your neighbor who was trying to steal from you or kill you was a real threat, daily. Of course there were rudimentary weapons and possibly even remarkable swords at the time but no one was always ready for sneak attacks. Therefore, hand-to-hand combat was a real skill that could ward off an attacker at a moment’s notice. This type of combat most certainly arose out of necessity but as time went on, like with all things, humans went on to perfect it into an art form.
Today, there are many forms of martial arts designed to kick your opponents ass at a moment’s notice. I have witnessed many types and have even performed many of them myself over the years. But many practitioners aren’t just concerned with the self-defense of martial arts. Many, including myself, love to delve deeply into the spiritual essence of fighting that goes beyond the physical.
Some might disagree with me when I say that fighting goes beyond our physical interpretation and extends inwardly into our life force flowing within often known as Chi. This word — which is my first name by the way — describes the energy that flows within. You are not just a walking, living, breathing meat-suit. There are two dimensions of the self and it is that inward energy that is often neglected even among us fighters. The physical is slow, it is cumbersome; chi is quick, it is effortless. Imagine the duality of the inner and the outer working together in harmony. I tell you, you will witness an almost indestructible fighter.
I say all of this to lay the foundation for explaining Dim Mak. It is described as a “touch of death” in which the fighter delivers a series of seemingly effortless blows to specific regions of the opponent’s body which are meant to kill. You may have witnessed such a technique in the popular film Kill Bill 2. They refer to it as the five point palm exploding heart technique in which is believed to be what legends are made of. This Hollywood interpretation of the technique is over the top, but a simple explanation of Dim Mak is as follows:
“Dim Mak was developed from eastern medicine that is thought to heal the body, or specifically the organs, through manipulating acupoints along meridians on the body. The thought is, if manipulating these acupoints in a specific order can heal an organ, then doing the reverse order will harm the organ. That’s it, it was supposedly developed out of a theory that was never truly tested successfully.”
In essence, Dim Mak is the opposite of the healing technique of acupressure and in theory a combination of touch points will lead to death of the opponent.
I will admit that it is quite laughable to believe that poking people in certain areas of the body will kill them, but I will leave this for debate among the skeptics and the believers. But chi or life force flowing through the body is a real thing and if you think its not, restrict any part of the body using a rubber band, something tight, or even laying improperly on a body part for a few hours and you will sense a numbing sensation and in some instances, that portion of the body may start turning blue or black. This is an interruption of energy, or chi, in the body and whenever the flow of energy stops or is restricted, it will ultimately result in pain or even death.
So, Dim Mak may not cause instant death in the way that we see it portrayed in Hollywood films; but, there are pressure points that if hit with enough force can knock a person out for sure. Keep in mind that just as a concussion can lead to death, it shouldn’t be to hard to believe that there is a martial arts technique that could possibly deliver a lethal blow to opponents. The good thing is that knowledge such as this is kept in the hands of a few or else people would run around killing each other on a regular basis. This is part of the reason why the elders of our fraternity remained secretive about what we know because all chaos broke out when people freely had access to our books. If you have read The Vital Sacrifice, then you know that these books are guarded by members of our Order and some of the knowledge contained within these books has only been passed down by word of mouth among us because written word can be deadly in the wrong hands. Some knowledge is only known to me, Anwar, and Ali because even sharing sharing certain things among members of our fraternity is dangerous.
So is Dim Mak a real phenomenon? I am a believer but some things are best left alone. If you want to know more about this concept, this video below that I discovered online is a good start. Join the conversation on Facebook and don’t forget to follow my Pinterest page.
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