The so called “death touch”, or dim mak fighting technique – is it for real or just another bullshido type of martial arts myth?
If you ask me, then the answer has to be that I consider myself very much of a skeptic, so the answer would go along the line of neeeh…
With things like this, I do like to have things proven to me (or on me) directly … and of course that would prove rather awkward, given the topic and the potentially deadly end result.
I’m probably very much a combative arts nerd and an idiot, but I don’t have a particular urgent death wish. So I think I’ll pass this one, thank you very much.
Dim mak fighting technique
The technique called the “Touch of Death” is historically known as dim mak. When translated from Chinese, dim mak implies a strike that applies pressure to an artery. Practitioners claim the strike could have a delayed effect, causing sudden death to an individual months later — and conspiracy theorists have linked the delayed effects of a dim mak strike to the death of Bruce Lee.
This technique does have a historical basis, as a crippling single hit strike is mentioned in the Bushibi, a classic martial arts text. The exact details, point of contact of the strike, and expected results, however, are shrouded in secrecy.
The term “Death Touch” rose in popularity thanks to the marketing of Count Dante and the Black Dragon Society. Count Dante deemed himself the deadliest man alive, but he’s best known for a series of full page advertisements touting a fighting handbook in Marvel comic books during the 1960s and 1970s.
You can read the rest of the above article, discussing some possible angles to dim mak here.
Although the author get things right by saying dim mak has to be more of a close range/grappling kind of application – just like pressure points and nerve attacks – he don’t mention (from what I can see) the most common explanation of the “death touch”, namely that of the meridians and acupuncture.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say on the topic of the touch of death. A better reference regarding the dim mak fighting technique, I guess.
On a side note: You should really check out “Count Dante” – a totally deadly haidresser – and his many antics … apparently quite a character!
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Video discussing death touch
Oh, and here’s an interesting video – quite a direct message if you ask me… and somewhat funny too.
Ancient discoveries of the death touch
And here’s another very interesting clip – with some extremely nice Chinese scenery to boot.