History of Kyusho Jitsu

* History of Kyusho Jitsu

The History of Kyusho Jitsu is very controversial, and in fact Kyusho Jitsu is the most controversial martial art of modern times.  Kyusho Jitsu is in true a child art of Dim Mak.

And I will be doing a full history of Dim Mak soon. And there is much controversy about Kyusho Jitsu, with many stating George Dillman is the founder while that is simply untrue. If we are to credit anyone as the founder it would be Hohan Soken as he was the first to use the name.

Grand Master Dillman is responsible for Kyusho becoming to the mainstream.  The name Kyusho Jitsu was given by Hohan Soken (1889 – 1982) and means in Japanese: “One second fight”. Or: ending the fight in one second. 

And the addition ‘Jitsu’, in Japanese means “discipline, skill”. It is an additional aspect of martial arts in which they use vital or sensitive points on the human body in order to eliminate the opponent temporarily or if needed, permanently.

Kyusho Jitsu is based on the acupuncture theory which says that if one affects the flow of energy true the meridians, it will have some influence on the general or specific state of the body.

History of Kyusho Jitsu

Most of all Kyusho Jitsu is the modern version of the old Chine martial art discipline Dim Mak which originates in the 13th century and in fact is the base of what we know today as Tai Chi Ch’uan.

Kyusho Jitsu is the study of the acupuncture pressure points.  Based most on the neurological aspects of the body, with some energetic aspects to disable an attacker. Dim Mak is far more vast in its teachings to include attacking the cardio vascular systems of the body. In my few when considering the History of Kyusho Jitsu it is Dim Mak modified for export to martial arts in the western culture. 

History of Kyusho Jitsu - George Dillman

* history of kyusho jitsu

Grand Master Dillman is perhaps the most controversial martial artist of modern times. Many attack and attempt to discredit him and they only make themselves look bad.

I know GM Dillman personally and he is an outstanding martial arts and a brilliant Kyusho teacher. Most of all he became controversial simply because he has a "take no prisoners" attitude and has ruffed many feathers of time in the industry. Modern Kyusho is credited to George A. Dillman who is one of the most prominent persons of the American martial art era. 

Dillman was one of the most successful competitors in his time. And he had won more than 300 prestigious fighting and form competitions. Most importantly he has also done the most in the promotion of Kyusho Jitsu. And created Dillman Karate International [DKI].

Most of all he met Hohen Soken (1972) and Seiyu Oyata (1980) from Okinawa, who launched him in studying Kyusho Jitsu. These men changed the direction of his martial art career. There are many who try to claim he was not a student of either men. However this is once again an example of the political theater of the martial arts world. And I have seen the proof myself. 

After 15 years of strenuous studying, practicing with the greatest masters and medical-anatomical research Dillman has founded the system of modern Kyusho Jitsu, bringing back the original interpretation of the martial arts’ techniques. Dillman is an important man in the History of Kyusho Jitsu.

History of Kyusho Jitsu - Who is the founder?

This brings the question of who is the founder of kyusho Jitsu. I break this down simply as below.

1) Hohan Soken is the Father of Kyusho Jitsu

2) George Dillman is the Founder.

There are many other great influences and practitioners of Kyusho Jitsu today. Some deny linage to Dillman and that is fine. But Kyusho became a political game of personalities, which is sadly so often true of the martial arts world. I will not at this time list the influences of Kyusho Jitsu here at this time.  

Many will not like this history and some will disagree. Feel free to send me your version, but it must be backed up with dates, references and facts.

Thank you for reading the History of Kyusho Jitsu. The History of Kyusho Jitsu is extremely important to the arts as this information was left out of most teachings in the 20th and 21st centuries. Remember to visit our History of the Martial Arts index page

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