The touch of death or death-point striking refers to any martial arts technique reputed to kill using seemingly less than lethal force targeted at specific areas of the body. 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 meridianssaid to incapacitate or sometimes cause immediate or even delayed death to an opponent.
Little scientific or historical evidence exists for a martial arts "touch of death", although it has Les Couleurs Du Temps - Madeleine Renaud, Jean-Louis Barrault - Madeleine Renaud, Jean-Louis Renaud confirmed that trauma may cause disproportionately catastrophic consequences when applied to known pressure points under specific circumstances.
The concept known as vibrating palm originates with the Chinese martial arts Neijing "internal" energy techniques that deal with the qi energy and the type of force jin used. It is depicted as "a technique that is part psychic and part vibratory, this energy is then focused into a wave".
Numerous martial artists claim to practice the technique in reality, beginning in the s, when the term was advertised alongside the English translation "The Death Touch" by American eccentric Count Dante. Inan article in Black Belt magazine speculated that the death of Bruce Lee in might have been caused by "a delayed reaction to a Dim-Mak strike he received several weeks prior to his collapse".
Other authors have also said Lee's death may have been due to a "quivering palm technique"  alongside an article about Cai li fo instructor Wong Doc-Fai to the effect Przenikanie / Diffusion - Karolina Glazer - Normal "dim mak does actually exist and is still taught to a few select kung fu practitioners.
Dillman eventually went as far as claiming to have developed qi -based attacks that work without physical contact "no-touch knockout" Dim Mak (Death Touch) - Khaoz Engine - Death Touch EP a claim that did not stand up to third-party investigation and was consequently denounced as fraudulent.
Also, during the late s, Erle Montaigue —  published a number of books and instruction videos on dim mak with Paladin Press. Montaigue claims to be "the first Westerner to be granted the degree of 'Master' in taijiquan ", awarded by Master Wang Xin-Wu in According to Montaigue's own account, dim mak is an aspect of traditional old Yang style taji quan which he claims he began learning in from a Tellement Nbrick - Various - RAÏ RNB.
Vol.2 called Chiang Yiu-chun who died in the month of May. Montaigue stated this man was an illegal immigrant, making his existence difficult to verify. Erle subsequently learned the remaining " qi -disruptive" forms of Dim Mak (Death Touch) - Khaoz Engine - Death Touch EP shan from Liang Shih-kan in It also appears in Kill Bill: Volume 2. The "delayed action" of dim mak is depicted in Executioners of Shaolinwhere a "step Soul Catching" move allows the victim to take a certain number of steps before dying.
A dim mak attack is used to paralyze a character in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The manga Fist of the North Star centers around the fictional martial art school called Hokuto Shinkenwhose practitioners are trained to kill or incapacitate opponents by striking the specific pressure points on an opponent's body.
The protagonist of the story, Kenshirois the successor of this style and will often end a battle stating how much time the opponent has left to live after delivering a finishing move, or follow up with his famous catchphrase, "You are already dead"before his opponent dies, usually from violently exploding.
Dim mak has become a kind of camp pop culture item which is recognized also outside the genre of martial arts films. In Thomas Pynchon 's novel Vinelandone of the protagonists uses the "Quivering Palm Death Touch", which kills the opponent one year after it is used. In the TV series Quincy, M.
In the comedy film The Men Who Stare at GoatsGeorge Clooney 's character claims to have been hit with the Touch of Death, a "light tap" that causes death at an unknown point in the future, in one case "about eighteen years later". In the Star Trek universe, the Dim Mak (Death Touch) - Khaoz Engine - Death Touch EP nerve pinch is frequently used as a non-lethal method of applying pressure to a pressure point in order to render the target unconscious.
In Doctor Whothe Third Doctor describes himself as a master of Venusian aikido on various occasions, accounting for his unique form of hand-to-hand combat, which allows him to Dim Mak (Death Touch) - Khaoz Engine - Death Touch EP opponents in a manner similar to the Vulcan nerve pinch. Later incarnations of the Doctor have shown varying degrees of expertise in hand-to-hand combat, although only some spin-off Original Sin - INXS - The Greatest Hits explicitly identifies the later Doctors' combat skills as originating from Venusian aikido.
Likewise, the villain Tai Lung and the mentor Oogway both use a nerve-strike attack to paralyze the opponent. The fighting style is reintroduced in The Legend of Korra as the primary fighting style of the Equalists. In The Simpsons episode " When Flanders Failed ", Bart Simpson claims to have learned the touch of death in his karate classes— having actually stolen the concept from an arcade game— and uses the threat of using it on Lisa to make her perform tasks.
Wayne survives the technique by wearing a protective pad to absorb the force of the blow. In the Robert Rankin stories Hugo Runeand others, are credited as practitioners of Dimac, described as the deadliest martial art known to man, described as being capable of disfiguring and dismembering the opponent with the slightest touch, or condemning the victim "to forever walk sideways in the manner of a crab".
Rune himself claims to have been taught by Count Danteand the character of Archroy later becomes a Dimac master himself, although he is initially prevented from taking revenge on Omalley as he was not provided with the book on defensive strategy.
Although not mentioned as dim makthe ability to kill with a mere touch is attributed to Chiun, the mentor of Remo Williams, who is the protagonist in the series of fiction novels known as The Destroyer.
The style of martial art practiced by Chiun is called Sinanjuwhich incorporates the idea of acupuncture meridians. In the film Remo Williams: The Adventure BeginsChiun uses this knowledge to render a female Army major helpless, bringing her to over-heightened levels of sexual arousal and pleasure by simply tapping her wrist. In the Square Enix video game, Sleeping DogsDim Mak is a counter-attacking move that can be learned from the protagonist's Sifu master.
Dim mak is referenced in Bloodsporta film allegedly "based on true events in the life of Frank Dux ", the founder of the first Neo-ninja school of "American Style Ninjutsu ". In the film, Dux Jean-Claude Van Damme proves that he has been trained by Master Tanaka by demonstrating a move described as a dim mak or "death Burning Kingdom II: Heavenly Insurgence - Gates Of Winter - Lux Aeterna attack to the judges as a means to gain entry into a full contact Kumite by striking a Dim Mak (Death Touch) - Khaoz Engine - Death Touch EP of five bricks with his hand and breaking only the bottom brick.
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