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!Not only does it show you where the vital points are on a diagram but it also offer various techniques that can be used to exploit these points. With Vital Point Strikes, Sang H Kim has put his thirty years plus experience in martial arts to good use to bring us a comprehensive resource on vital points." --Martial Arts Unltd co.uk

About the Author

Sang H. Kim is an internationally respected author of 20 martial arts books, including the widely acclaimed Vital Point Strikes and the classics Ultimate Flexibility, Ultimate Fitness through Martial Arts, Martial Arts After 40, Combat Strategy and Teaching Martial Arts. His new book Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy is available at Amazon.com. 

He has also created over 200 instructional video programs including Self-defense Encyclopedia, Knife-defense, Power Breathing, Junsado Training Series, and Complete Taekwondo Series. They are available through Amazon Instant Video.

He won the 1976 Korean National Championship and was named Instructor of the Year by the Korean government in 1983. As a special agent during his military service, he developed tactical combat methods for hand-to-hand and hand-to-weapon combat for covert operatives.

Sang H. Kim is the originator of MBX-12, mindful movement and deep breathing exercises, and found it clinically effective in managing stress. His research results were published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and featured in CBS News, Huffington Post, Fox News, and others. 

Dr. Kim has a PhD in Exercise Science, and had training as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He also had additional training at the National Cancer Institute and the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine of Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Kim frequently travels across North America, Europe, and Asia presenting seminars and speeches. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. Metro area with his wife, Cynthia. He blogs at OneMindOneBreath.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Press (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934903051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934903056
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased the Kindle version of this. It's a good book and highly recommend it for advanced karate students. I purchased the Kindle version however, and the graphics were hard to see. Buy it in paper instead.
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I have just about every book imaginable on Kyusho-Jitsu/Dim-Mak/Pressure Points. And as a black belt in Shin Mae Shorin Ryu, I incorporate pressure points into everything that I do.
Let me just say that I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
It is the most thorough book I have ever seen on the subject. This knowledge is that of true martial arts masters. Sang H. Kim is a great author & martial artist, but he really out did himself with this work!
He obviously worked hard on this book. He clearly shows & describes the points & he also shows many excellent applications.
I don't often say this, but this book is worth much more than it is being sold for!
These are the secrets that the ancient masters guarded so closely.
You cannot put a price on this kind of knowledge!!!
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Well, the reason for the five stars is the presentation, which is VERY solid compared to most martial arts books.. The charts and graphs are clear, althought the black clothes sometimes make it hard to see. Not for beginners .. The tecniques usually need a lot of transition to happen

Seems a good item to maximize strikes... The only thing that disapointed me is that some points are a bit vague... Without more references like "2 inches bellow collarbone" became "bellow the joint of collarbone and shoulder" Without a solid reference sometimes, it became hard to get the point..

Thinking in the past, it would be a highly treasured manual for striking some 100 or 150 years ago... Now its just as good... Just a little more care with the pictures and point descriptions would make it totally perfect... But that will surely be fixed in a second edition
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Obviously a translation by someone who was not a native English speaker. It covered some of what I was looking for but I found it somewhat hard to follow and did not like the way the material was presented.
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Have you ever seen a UFC fight? Two highly trained professional mixed martial artists do unarmed battle. They take incredible shots to the face, the head, the body and usually withstand them. Then one of them gets poked in the eye. He stops, crumples, the ref calls a time out. Or the groin. A shot to the groin and things halt while the stricken fighter tries to recover. The eyes and the groin are two well-known vital points that are generally accessible in a real fight. Not so with many of the esoteric meridian points that require precision striking. A fight is full of motion. Usually the people are clothed. Going for a spot directly below the collarbone a bit to the left is going to be tough. Trying for a strike to the spot just under the nostrils, on the upper lip is hard. Hitting the temple less so, the throat even less. In short, the obvious vital points you don't need a book to learn. Hitting them is what we call "dirty fighting" but not in a bad way. This is an interesting book on an esoteric art not unlike acupuncture; however, in acupuncture the person is lying still on the table. In a mugging, a street confrontation, usually not. Understand that the book is probably not going to contain much that's practical that you don't already know, but if you want to learn the esoteric pressure points, why not, it's a good source.
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I've bought a lot of books on this subject. Most of them are junk. This one is the real deal-- it is one of less than a handful of books on this subject that I actively use. If you are buying a book on this subject, this is probably the place to start. There is a substantial amount of information in it-- huge amount of bang for the buck.
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By Tenshi on December 10, 2008
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If you are looking for answers when it comes to realistic application of pressure point strikes and a deep discussion of practical close-quarters combat, this is a book you will want to read and add to your shelf.

This work is not for beginners, but anyone starting from intermediate level in any martial art will greatly benefit from it.
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This is hands DOWN the greatest BOOK i've ever seen outside a class room. He really went into detail here. There are a lot of things that can be done to improve the book, HD color photos and Hard-Bind. That would increase the price 10-fold. Everything else is perfect!

He goes into details after details, best I've ever seen. He has a Tae-Kwon-Do background. A lot of the information about stances and starting the defense I would disagree. His advice on How to hit each vital point is UNIVERSAL. He explains how you can use a punch on one point, need to pinch another point, use your fingers on another point. It is so accurate based on Logic. Some of it is counter-intuitive. I wish I had someone to practice these on, It is still an interesting READ!

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