The Ancient Art of Life and Death: The Book of Dim-MakHardback
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- Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 222mm x 287mm x 20mm | 953g
- Publication date: 1 November 2002
- Publication City/Country: Colorado
- ISBN 10: 1581603703
- ISBN 13: 9781581603705
Contrary to popular myth, the original purpose of dim-mak was not the training of assassins. It was an intensive study of the medical arts that incorporated the martial arts, and its ultimate goal was to heal, not to destroy. True to the intent of the ancient Chinese masters, here is an undiluted, holistic study of dim-mak as both a martial and a healing art. A modern supplement to the handful of classical texts in existence, it preserves the integrity of the traditional teachings while tearing down the walls of mystery and intrigue that surround the art. After providing a historical overview of dim-mak and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the book explores the physiological mechanism of dim-mak from Eastern and Western perspectives. In addition, it offers a rare look at the fabled 36-Chamber training sequence traditionally used to teach dim-mak; in-depth analyses of each of the acupoints on the twelve main meridians, including their medicinal uses, martial applications and antidotes; and an introduction to the herbal pharmacology that was an integral part of traditional dim-mak training. Those seeking a balanced, professional perspective on dim-mak that will find this insightful guide an indispensable resource.
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A martial artist and longtime student of A. Flane Walker, Richard C. Bauer is the author of numerous professional journal articles on military history and martial arts subjects. He is a highly decorated civilian contractor with the DOD, serving with distinction during the Persian Gulf War, Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Operation Enduring Freedom. A. Flane Walker is a traditional taoist martial artist, acupuncturist, herbalist and student of Asiduedro Adlawana, Walker Pinkett, and Mastuetsu Kushubi. He was the last of Master Kushubi's students to be taught the complete 36-Chamber training sequence. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Walker has served as vice president of Tiger Yangs Moo Ye Do International, and taught at West Coast Hotokan headquarters, where he and the late Edwin Hamile "compared and exchanged concepts." Mr. Walker is now considered the Grand Master of the Won Hop Loong Chuan system of martial arts.
Table of contents
Foreword by Mr. Erle Montaigue Foreword by Dr. Leslie L. Mackenzie Graham Foreword by Dr. Thomas J. Kwiatkowski Jr. Preface and General Acknowledgments Introduction SECTION ONE Historical Overview and General Information Chapter 1 Historical Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine Chapter 2 The Development of Dim Mak, Dim Hsueh, and Dim Ching Chapter 3 The Mechanism of Acupoint Strikes Chapter 4 The Medical Ricks Associated with Acupoint Strikes Chapter 5 The Three Ways of Dim-Mak SECTION TWO Inside the 36 Chambers: Dim-Mak, Dim Hsueh, and Dim Ching Training Chapter 6 Introduction to the 36 Chamber Training Sequence Chapter 7 Overview of the Classical Acupoint System SECTION THREE Dim Mak Herbal Formulas and Herbal Pharmacology Chapter 8 Introduction to Herbalogy Chapter 9 Herbal Formula Preparation and Pharmacology SECTION FOUR Conclusion and Appendices Chapter 10 Concluding Remarks Appendix I Set of General Anatomical Drawings Appendix II Selected Dim Mak, Dim Hsueh, and Dim Ching Strikes Appendix III Selected Multiple Strike Combinations Bibliography