History of Dim Mak

* History of Dim Mak

History of Dim Mak is proudly presented by the World Budo Alliance as part of the Preservation of Martial Art History project. This is a very challenging history to present.

Much of the information available is very contradictory on nature. And with many martial arts claiming linage and history within Dim Mak. 

The History of Kyusho Jitsu because of Grand Master George Dillman is much clearer than its mother Dim Mak. However I will persevere and bring as much accurate information as possible.

History of Dim Mak

The term Dim Mak does not mean "touch of death" but in fact translates to "press artery."  Dim Mak traces its history to traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture. Tales of its use are often found in the Wuxia genre of Chinese martial arts fiction. Dim Mak is depicted as a secret body of knowledge with techniques that attack pressure points and meridians.

However this is a limited definition. The art of Dim Mak also uses "Vital Points" to attack the cardio vascular and water systems of the body.  

One of the reasons I believe this history is hard to find is because of modern medicine's attempt to suppress information on alternatives. 

History of Dim Mak - Erle Montaigue

* History of Dim Mak

During the late 1980's, Erle Montaigue (1949–2011) published a number of books and instruction videos on Dim Mak with Paladin Press.

Montaigue is stated to be "the first Westerner to be granted the degree of 'Master' in Taijiquan", awarded by Master Wang Xin-Wu in 1985.

I began to follow Erle Montaigue work back in the late 90's and see no reason to doubt his claims. Information on this teacher Master Wang Xin-Wu is hard to locate.

History of Dim Mak - Father of Dim Mak

If we follow the little known information on Dim Mak we can trace it back to the 1300's. 

A master of Taijiquan and Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor Master Chang San-feng wondering if the healing art of Wu-Dang could be used destructively. And thus Dim Mak became part of his Taijiquan teachings.  Master Chang San-feng is also credited as being the father of Taijiquan.

Therefore if I consider Master Chang San-feng to be the father of what we know as Dim Mak today then I must credit Erle Montaigue as the founder of what is Dim Mak in the 20th and 21st century. There are many other arts that claim to be rooting in these teachings and I have no doubt that is true. 

More information of the History of the art of Dim Mak will be added as it comes available to me. There is also a History of Taijiquan coming that will shed more light on this topic. 

The History of Dim Mak was researched by Grand Master Art Mason.

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