A.Flane Walker, Richard C. Bauer
The Ancient Art of Life and Death
The Book of Dim-Mak
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Contrary to popular myth, the original purpose of dim-mak was not the training of assassins. It was an intensive study of the medical arts that incorporated the martial arts, and its ultimate goal was to heal, not to destroy. The ubiquitous image of the phoenix and dragon in the ancient dim-mak texts was symbolic of the equal emphasis given to the cycles of rebirth and destruction in the study of the art.
True to the intent of the early Chinese masters, The Ancient Art of Life and Death is an undiluted, holistic examination of dim-mak as both a martial and a healing art. Compiled by A. Plane Walker and Richard C. Bauer, this comprehensive modern supplement to the handful of classical texts in existence preserves the integrity of the traditional teachings while tearing down the walls of mystery and intrigue that surround the art Following a historical overview of dim-mak and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the authors explore the physiological mechanism of dim-mak from both Eastern and Western perspectives. A rare look at the fabled 36-Chamber training sequence traditionally used to teach dim-mak is followed by in-depth analyses
of each of the acupoints on the 12 main meridians, including their medicinal uses, martial applications, and appropriate recovery techniques, and an introduction to the herbal pharmacology that was an integral part of traditional dim-mak training.
Those seeking a balanced, professional perspective on dim-mak will find this insightful guide to the ancient art of life and death to be an indispensable resource.