This commentary has been written and produced by Master Leonard Paul Lambert,
And may not be reproduced with out written permission of Master Lambert and or the
National institute of pressure point arts.
For the first time ever, the mystery of striking vital points will be revealed to you the reader. The much-coveted Dead Arm Method (I call it a method because there are many techniques contained in it) is now made clear to all who wish to understand this specialized method of striking vital points.
There have been many pressure point striking books marketed around the world. Many of you have found that reading about pressure points did not give you the ability to successfully strike those points. Some of those readers went to all parts of the globe to see Masters perform pressure point strikes but that did little to help them other than confirm that it works. I can go on and on about money spent on books, work shops, seminars as well as video tapes. The long and the short of it is that reading about pressure points and seeing someone striking them, probably won’t help you much. Unless someone teaches you the methods and or techniques used to strike those pressure points that you studied about in those books and traveled to see demonstrated, as those author s well know, you will never be able to perform these strikes in a combat situation. Even if it helped to learn one or two points at a seminar, which can end up being very costly as some of you already know, to get a simple understanding of striking vital points has cost some people thousands of dollars, for all of the above products. So save your money and read this article. Please take your time read and reread this article on the Dead Arm Method, till you understand it. You may find it to be the key factor to understand and comprehend the knowledge that those very masters recognize and use, but would not tell you in their books and at their seminars. When you combine the Dead Arm Method with a good understanding of the vital points of the human body, point striking will start to become usable in combat.
Starting to understand.
In the martial arts there are many secondary methods, that are a part of a primary technique, such as techniques used along with, blocks, strikes, stances, postures, side steps, jumps and so on. They may be better described as advanced methods that may be given to advanced students of a system. These skills would cause a technique to have more of a dynamic potential or may add some power or more speed or increase damage potential. Some of these you already know about like dynamic tension. Maybe you’ve heard of some additional special movements of the body for the feet and or legs even the torso and hips that maybe added to a technique or are shown in a Kata. One of these advanced techniques is called the Dead Arm Method. It is a combination of many techniques performed all at one time. Its use is to access the body’s pressure points, and or veins, arteries, nerves even the organs, of the human body, by driving a strike or block-strike technique, deep below the surface of the skin.
I witnessed this very technique, for the first time when one of my Shorin Ryu master instructors, I will call him M.R.G. who, to a large degree, understood this method given to him by his master O.S.H.S. and his top student M.F.K. who, really understood it well. It was shown to me by M.R.G. and at my request it was described to me. I carefully studied this method till it became a skill. Therefore I have earned the right to describe it to you my students. And the diligent student will achieve success in learning it. With out learning the Dead Arm Technique, there is little hope that any student will consistently strike any of the known pressure points. Fore the Dead Arm Method incorporates all the techniques that makes pressure point striking work!
Penetration is key.
The dead arm technique is primarily a penetration technique. When striking a pressure point, it is not enough just to hit the target surface nor is it enough to strike at a pressure point area as hard as you can. In fact striking as hard as possible may in fact give little to no response from most pressure points. It is not enough to focus through a vital point.
Penetration is one of the highest qualities in a successful vital point strike or for that matter any strike weather it’s a block, kick or punch. Penetration means, the infiltration of muscle mass to the place where the vital point exists. This penetration is provided by the Dead Arm Method and not just by the head of the weapon (fist, arm, foot) that you are using. One may argue that I am simply describing focus. well no I am not! The method I am about to illustrate is more than focus, although focus is a technique that must be highly developed to step up to the Dead Arm Method which is not just focus, but incorporates real focus.
Your incentive for developing the Dead Arm Method is, all points of the human body consisting of vital points that happen to be very deep inside the body, covered by a lot of well developed layers of muscle. In these cases, it would not only be necessary to have your weapon (primarily hands & feet) strong and hardened by training them. You would also need the ability to drive your chosen weapon deep enough into that muscle mass to reach the targeted vital point, be it a nerve, artery, vein, or point on a meridian. The Dead Arm Method is what true traditional Okinawa Kara Te, as well as all hard and soft styles used to propel the hardened weapon deep into the body to hit the target area. In China it is called Jing but the dead arm technique is the Japanese equivalent of Jing. Although the Dead Arm Method is not the same thing as Jing, both have the same purpose. Jing will be discussed in another article.
The Dead Arm Method is a technique that will be hard to verbalize. The reason is, I can discuss the techniques involved in this method with you all day long, that, in itself, will not give you the ability to perform the Dead Arm Technique. Even if I demonstrate the technique a thousand times, that in itself, will not give you the ability to perform it. But maybe with my explanation and quit a bit of thinking and trying on your part and lots of time and hard work, you may come to discover this method for yourselves, (which is the Okinawa Masters way). The reason I write any instructional material on my web site is so that you the student will have a partial stepping-stone type of understanding of terms and techniques. If you are the one in ten thousand who wishes to learn real Kara Te practiced in ancient times, and will work hard to develop these techniques to a single skill, you will know a hidden mystery. But you will work for it I promise you!