Pressure-point Fighting

A Guide to the Secret Heart of Asian Martial Arts

Pressure-point Fighting

"In my fifteen years as a martial arts journalist, I have seldom seen a martial artist with the ability and knowledge of Rick Clark. Pressure Point Fighting is a book for all martial arts styles… a must-read for students, teachers, and those interested in learning more about common-sense martial arts and self-defense." — Jane Hallander, from the Foreword

Western students of Asian martial arts have long been haunted by the aching suspicion that something is missing from the arts they love and practice wholeheartedly—something intangible, but something so essential that its absence leaves an unbridgeable void. For many, that missing ingredient is a true and thorough knowledge of the body's vital points: what they are, where they are, how to quickly find them under duress, how to use them, constructively or for destruction—and how to recognize them in the kata, hyung, or forms they thought they knew so well. In Pressure Point Fighting, Rick Clark offers a systematic introduction to this knowledge and to the tools needed to ferret out more of this information from forms and techniques already in place—knowledge and tools that are not dependent upon acceptance of the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, or modern Western medicine, for that matter, but which are based solely upon open-minded observation and willingness to try new, or old, approaches to martial arts training.

Rick Clark began teaching martial arts in 1962, at the age of fourteen, and has been an enthusiastic student ever since. With ample experience in arts including judo, jiujitsu, karate, and Korean systems, a thorough understanding of physiology, and a knack for digging out gems from obscure sources, he has helped to bring about a quiet revolution in the training regimen of martial artists around the world. When he's not traveling throughout North America and Europe to conduct vital-point and applications seminars, he continues to research diligently at home in Indiana.
  • Tuttle Publishing | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780804832175 | 
  • April 2000

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