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About the Author

Vince Morris, 7th Dan, has over 40 years experience in Judo and Karate training. He is the author of 14 training manuals and numerous training videos. He regularly presents seminars throughout the world to martial artists with varying backgrounds.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569756236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569756232
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book - very interesting and informative.
Master Dutch Hinkle
I believe this to be a good book for everyone, fighters and non-fighters alike.
Stefan G. Konstantopoulos
The biggest gripe I can make about this book is that it isn't longer.
Joseph M Burtner

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M Burtner on April 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Vince Morris's "The Secret Art of Pressure Point Fighting" is ironically titled, as he does much in his work to despell much of the mythology surrounding pressure points. This is, in fact, very refreshing.

The book is divided into three parts. Part 1, "The Overview", lays the groundwork for the rest of the text. This is where Morris spends most of his time debunking the pop-culture myths about pressure points. Fans of chi/ki will either be disappointed or enlightened by this part of the book. Here is where he also introduces his "rules of combat", as well as a training methodology for Kyoshu-Jitsu (pressure-point fighting).

The second part covers the use of pressure-points in basic self-defense situations, such as grabs, chokes, and hits. This part is organized based on the level of violence present in the threat, from lowest to highest. He also covers basic instruction on rear chokes and headbutts.

The third part is on kata bunkai, or the application of techniques from traditional solo forms called kata. After an introduction explaining the role of kata in karate practice, Mr. Morris begins to show some applications from various kata, beginning with basic "blocks" found in several kata to more complex sequences from Tekki Shodan, Kanku Dai, and Nijushiho. Shotokan practitioners, in particular, will recognize these sequences, and perhaps some of the applications.

The biggest gripe I can make about this book is that it isn't longer. One gets the feeling that Mr. Morris has only conveyed a fraction of his knowledge on the subject of pressure points and bunkai. As it stands, the reader gets a useful, but very small sampling of a complete education on the subject. This almost reads like the Clift Notes of a much more in-depth text.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John on June 22, 2009
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I have done about 12 years of martial arts, everything from jujitsu to krav maga to wing chun and silat and kali. So when I picked this book up, I was expecting to have a little laugh. Instead, I found my head nodding and I found myself agreeing with the author. I like these techniques.

The truth is, and trust me, I have found this out for real on the street, there are situations in which you want to be able to have force options that are less than "knock his head off". There was a case recently where I live where an 18-year old hit another 18-year old with one punch to the face. End result: the victim hit the parking lot with his head, and is now in a coma, and might die. The bad guy is going to jail probably for 20 years, and if the loser of the fight dies, for maybe 50. Do you really want to use krava maga or that "blade art" you learned, on some drunk in a bar, and leave permanent damage, which he can use to sue you, or do you want to use these techniques and still win ? (and you can make them harder all the way up to the very hard stuff [headbutts, etc.] if it is a real threat, or let's say multiple attackers, or a blade, etc.). I like arts like this that are "scalable" and that give you options on how much force you want to use. If anyone says "I would knock his head off", to mean that means that that person has no real experience with real fights (or is just a sociopath, i.e. will end up in prison). You do want these options. And it is possible to "win" (defined as, getting away in one piece) without hurting the other person. If you can convince him (through pain, for instance) that you are "too big a fish", he will walk. If not, you then use the "hard" stuff in this book (or from that 'deadly' Filipino art you learned).
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A. Robinson on October 26, 2008
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There is nothing secret about pressure point fighting, contrary to what the title of the book says, but this book does teach us something that the vast majority of Martial Arts authors talk as though it were a secret and that is how can an ordinary person defend themselves from violence. Okay, so this book will not teach you how to win trophies at a competition, perform ridiculously super-human moves for a Hollywood picture, or get a job as a bouncer, but that is not what any of us really want is it? If that is what you want, then waste your money on one of those other books and spend thousands of dollars and tens of years, and probably still never accomplish your goal. That isn't to say that those other Martial Arts have their place. If you want to be an assassin and need to scale a temple wall to fight guards on high, narrow walls and then enter the temple grounds and fight to the death in a tight, confined place (like an elevator), then Wing Tsun is for you and no other Martial Art will do. If you want to brawl like a barbarian in a cage for sport in a death match, then Jujitsu is for your and no other Martial Art will do. If you are on foot and need to knock attacking riders off from their horses, then Taekwondo is for you and no other Martial Art will do. But if you are a computer programmer or Mom and Pop type of person, and just want to avoid violence as much as possible, but if it ever becomes impossible to avoid, at least know how to get out of the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible, then pressure point fighting is for you and no other Martial Art will do. That is what this book teaches -- how to get out of a fight and get away safely in four steps or less, with minimal effort or training. Don't work harder to defend yourself, work smarter by learning the techniques of this book and keep your money and weekends free for other more important things...like LAN parties or shopping!
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