If you’re at all familiar with martial arts (karate, kung-fu, etc.) you’ve probably heard of Dim Mak (which translates to ‘press artery’), aka the poison touch or poison hand among many slang terms. This is where a highly skilled martial arts expert touches you and you are knocked out or killed without any apparent force. The idea of having magical like powers after learning martial art “secrets” has been tantalizing enthusiasts for hundreds of years. Is it real or a load of crap?
My Experience with George Dillman
In the martial arts world, George Dillman is widely known as one of the foremost experts on this esoteric subject. Around 10 years ago, I was studying hapkido and aikido in Louisiana and was fascinated with the prospect of gaining this skill as are many martial artists. My goal was to be able to knock people out with telepathy or telekinesis, but I’ve yet to find anyone with that ability.
I traveled to New Orleans to attend a seminar with George Dillman, a ninth degree black belt in Ryukyu Kempo Tomari-te (it sounds impressive if nothing else). It was my hope to score a one touch knock out before I left that day.
The seminar started with warm up exercises and several pressure point studies, but I had yet to learn anything I didn’t already know. He then performed a demonstration and knocked out several of his own students – it all looked fake to me. I asked him to knock me out but he said only his students were trained to receive the powerful techniques and I could be hurt or get sick from the massive amounts of ki energy flowing through my body.
I just couldn’t shut up and insisted he knock me out. He finally agreed to knock me out, but I had to sign a waiver in case I was injured. I happily signed it because I didn’t believe his touching me with his finger tips (lightly touching) would hurt me.
I could tell he did not want to do it, but I told him I really wanted to be knocked out. I wanted proof that his techniques were valid. After magically knocking out several of his own students, I told him, “You already warmed up, go ahead and knock me out.”
He did not tap me lightly on pressure points like he did his students. This guy hit me on the left side of my neck at the base, between my trapezius muscle and neck along the brachial plexus (an extremely sensitive section of nerve fibers). He hit me so hard, it almost knocked me off of my feet, but did not knock me out. He hit me with a shuto strike (the standard karate chop). To say he hit me with a lot of force would be an understatement. He hit me as hard as he could, putting all of his weight in it. He’s a pretty big guy and has tremendous power, but failed to render me unconscious. Had he struck a little lower, he would’ve crushed my collar bone.
I yelled, “Ouch! Why did you hit me like that? Why didn’t you magically knock me out like you did your own students?”
He replied, “I had to use a different technique on you. You are not prepared to withstand the real technique.”
Though I could barely lift my left arm and the tortuous pain was making me nauseous (it seriously hurt), I laughed at him as did many people attending the seminar. In my opinion, his techniques are fake and he is a fraud. He was hoping to just knock me out by hitting me as hard as he could and made up a lie when asked about it. I was shocked by what he did because I did not expect him to hit me so hard – I still get mad when I think about it. The crowd was surprised too. One of my friends said, “I’m glad I didn’t let him hit me…hahaha.”
I have been hit by other martial arts experts that actually did have powerful ki energy, but have never actually been knocked unconscious by it. Seven years ago, I had a hapkido master knock me down with a light tap to my solar plexus. I wasn’t unconscious, but was unable to move at all – almost paralyzed until he revived me. I was afraid to ask him to knock me out because I knew he might be able to actually kill me accidentally. I have met people who actually posses skill at dim mak, but George Dillman is not one of them.
Does Martial Arts Belt Rank Matter?
It depends on the art and who your instructor is. For the most part, belt rank is just another way for a teacher to increase profits. In America, Tae Kwon Do schools are really popular and there are up to a dozen different colored belts you must test for, each one progressively more expensive than the last.
Most of these popular schools are a joke and you will never learn how to fight. If a martial arts school teaches you to point fight (where you don’t actually get hit, but score points for fake hitting), don’t waste your time or money there. Point fighting is bad in every way. Even doing it occasionally will be detrimental to your skill. I have a lot of pet peeves about martial arts schools I look for when considering them. Here are a few things to look out for:
- There are 12 or more belts you test for, each more expensive than the last
- The instructor never fights the students
- They point fight
- They don’t actually hit each other full force
- Trophy’s everywhere (I cannot stand this)
- Nobody has a black eye or bruises
- The instructor has “Master” written on his uniform
- An arrogant attitude from the instructor or high ranking students
If a school has the above attributes, chances are it’s a waste of money. Don’t get me wrong, some schools with a bunch of belt colors may actually be good, but be careful and look out for realism in training.
Brazilian Ju-Jitsu is another art where few colored belts are used. Generally speaking, belt rank actually means something in this art and is very difficult to attain. If you want to learn how to fight, I recommend real fighting. A few arts that offer this are Brazillian Ju-Jitsu, authentic Aikido, boxing, wrestling, jeet kune do, savate and especially MMA (mixed martial arts). The truth is, you cannot learn how to fight without actually fighting. It’s so funny, because most martial artists just think they can fight, but have never actually been in one.
Action star Claude Van Damne got the hell beat out of him by a Hell’s Angel gang member (Chuck Zito, Mike Tyson’s bodyguard). This is because Claude Van Damne doesn’t actually know how to fight and is a cocaine addict who beats up women; however, he was a point fighting champion.
Belt rank is similar to Google page rank on your blog – it really doesn’t offer validity. Don’t get me started on that…LOL.
The anatomy diagram is from wikipedia – brachial plexus
The George Dilman pic is from his site. I will not link to him unless he lets me hit him as hard as I can.