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Vital Point Strikes-The Art and Science of Vital Target Striking for Self-Defense and Combat Sports
by Kim, Sang H.
Published: 2008
Publisher: Turtle Press; Santa Fe
ISBN: 1-934903-05-6
Abstract | Contents
Vital Points Strikes is a guide to pressure point striking for the average martial artist. Sang H. Kim demystifies the lore of vital point strikes for self-defense and combat sports.; ; For those new to the concept of vital points, he begins by examining the Eastern theory of accupoints, meridians and ki (qi) and the Western scientific concepts of the nervous and circulatory systems, pain threshold and pain tolerance, and the relationship between pain and fear. This synthesis of accepted Eastern and Western theories helps the reader understand what makes vital point striking work and why it can be not only useful in fighing, but deadly. Based on this introduction, you'll learn about 202 vital points for use in fighting including the name, point number, location, involved nerves and blood vessels, applicable techniques, sample applications, and potential results for each point. The points are illustrated in detail on an anatomically correct human model, with English, Chinese, and Korean names as well as point numbers for easy reference.; ; In addition to identifying the vital points, Sang H. Kim gives you detailed information about the types of techniques that work for vital points striking including a discussion of fighting zones and ranges, plexus strikes, stance and footwork, bodily weapons, striking directions and angles and dozens of applications for common empty hand, grappling, groundfighting, knife and gun attacks.; ; Based on over thirty years experience in the martial arts and in-depth research, Sang H. Kim has created one of the most complete books available on the art and science of vital point striking.; ; Sang H. Kim is an internationally respected author of 12 martial arts books, including the best sellers Ultimate Fitness through Martial Arts, Martial Arts After 40, Combat Strategy and 1001 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Others, and star of over 100 martial arts instructional videos/DVDs. He won the 1976 Korean National Champion and was named Instructor of the Year in Korea in 1983.; ; During his 25 years teachng martial arts in the US, he was featured in and his articles appeared in Black Belt Magazine, The Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Delta Sky Magazine, Combat, Taekwondo Times and over 100 other publications.; ; He holds an M.S. degree in sports science and Ph.D. in sports media studies.
Contents; Book 1 Vital point fundamentals; Chapter 1 Introduction to vital points; what is a vital point?-types of vital points; Pain threshold; Pain tolerance factors; 19 lethal points; 49 paralyzing points; 36 tactical points; Why vital points?; Cautions; Chapter 2 Vital point theories; Classic Eastern theory-12 meridians and 8 vessels; Two primary vesseles; Classic Western theory-Nervous system; On pain; Pain and reflexes; On fear of pain; The circulatory system; Synthesis f East and West; Chapter key points; Chapter 3 Fighting fundamentals; Fighting zones and ranges-Fighting zones; Fighting range; Region strategy; Fighting stance and footwork-Fighiting stance; Footwork; Striking directions and angles; Chapter 4 Bodily weapons and techniques; Hands-Fingertips; Knuckle punch/press; Fist; Open hand; Elbow; Knee; Foot; Headbutt; Book 2 vital points and techniques; Chapter 5 Plexus strikes; Nerve networks; 12 major plexus; Applications; Chapter 6 Vital ponts on teh head and neck; Significance of the head and neck; Vital points on the head-Anterior head; Applications; Lateral head; Applications; Posterior head; Applications; Top of theheaad; Applications; Chapter 7 Vital points on the trunk; Significance of the trunk; Wital pointson the trunk-Anterior trunk; Applications; Posterior trunk; Applications; Chaper 8 Vital points on the arm and hand; Significance of the arm and hand; Vital points on the arm-Anterior arm; Applications; Posterior arm; Applications; Vital points on the hand-Antrior hand; Applications; Posterior hand; Applications; Chapter 9 Vital points on the leg and foot; Significance of the leg and foot; Vital points on the leg-Anterior leg; Applications; Posterior leg; Applications; Interior leg; Applications; Exterior leg; Applications; vital points on the foot-Anterior foot; Applications; Interior foot; Applications; Exteriro foot; Applications; Book 3 Vital point applications; Chapter 10 Vital point striking drills; Chapter 11 Standing fight applications; Chapter 12 Ground fight applications; Chapter 13 Knife defense applications; Chapter 14 Gun defense applications; Appendix-Vital point charts; Vital point terms; Refenences (bibliography); Glosary; Index; About the author

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