"In my fifteen years as a martial arts journalist, I have seldom seen a martial artist with the ability and knowledge of Rick Clark, a person who not only knows several martial arts from all angles, but who can write about them in a manner anyone can easily understand…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
Pressure-point fighting—the practice of manipulating the body's vital nerve and reflex points for self-defense—offers the unique ability to neutralize attackers without causing any permanent harm. This intricate and temporarily devastating self-defense system has obvious advantages. What it hasn't had is a comprehensive guidebook from the Western perspective. Now martial arts expert Rick Clark offers all the fundamental pressure-point techniques—illustrated with hundreds of photographs and twenty-five detailed pressure-point charts—melding the ancient Asian knowledge with modern Western medicine and science.
Here, at last, contemporary readers can learn to utilize this effective, reliable defensive art on their own terms. With simple step-by-step instructions for how and when to use pressure point fighting to your best advantage, Pressure-Point Fighting: A Guide to the Secret Heart of Asian Martial Arts includes: Core Principles; The Paradigms: Modern and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Analysis; Kata Applications; and The Points.