Pressure point fighting has been around for quite a while now. When it was new, there was a flurry of interest. This means there was a lot of money to be made, and many "experts" rushed to the scenes with seminars, books, and videos.
There are problems with the arts of kyusho, tuite, and Dim Mak. To start with, they are based - in my humble opinion - on a dead paradigm of medicine. OK, so I will incur a little bit of public and private wrath for that statement. The truth is that the 5-element theory paradigm that folks call TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) historically is a Maoist amalgam of MANY competing methods in old osteopathic (as opposed to allopathic) medicine. It was Communist China's pragmatic response to a shortage of practitioners of modern medicine. It is based on a pre-dissection understanding of how the human body worked.
So...do we disregard it all? Not really. In the words of my self-deprecating Chief Medical Officer, "Even a blind squirrel can find a nut now and then." Even though the whole system is a fragile house of cards (it was constructed without the rigorous methodology of the RCT or randomized, controlled trial), and even though it assumes a kind of energy that nobody has proven exists, some things actually WORK. Furthermore, even though all this complex charting and cycle of creation vs. destruction is excessive baggage, some folks actually choreographed forms based on them. And while most forms probably came from more modest origins, many practitioners between author and contemporary athlete taught with the paradigm in mind. So from an anthropologic point of view, it's highly useful to have SOMEONE (like an Evan Pantazi) who can give you the unadulterated explanation of a sequence from that perspective.
Well...where would the modern warrior go? If you listen to the modern lethal force experts, they will tell you that KISS (keep it simple, stupid) is best when the s*** comes down. But life is rarely simple, and we don't often have the luxury of facing someone that we can overwhelm with power. So SOME kind of targeted sequential striking methodology is in order. So where would one start in learning about such? Well you could just go out and get a medical degree and figure it out yourself. Absent that, you can start from where others left off, and then separate the wheat from the chaff. This is the approach of Michael Kelly. It also is the approach of Bruce Miller.Bruce Miller's Website
I'll reserve my judgement on the book until I have read it. However I can tell you that reading his WebPages leaves me feeling lukewarm. The same old experts in the field are referenced, and these guys have their own libraries of books you can buy that will put their kids through college.
There's another little something I notice that I will share. Most people with advanced training put their credentials AFTER their name. Joe Smith, MD, or Sally Johnson, Ph.D. However some fields that have a bit of an inferiority complex tend to put the title they feel they are entitled to FIRST. Thus you find that a chiropractor will put Dr. Sidney Jones, rather than Sidney Jones, DC. There's nothing extra special good or bad about osteopaths. They are basically a cross between an MD and a chiropractor. Many MDs look down their noses at them, so you get this "Dr Michael Kelly" business going on with the inferiority complex that results.
It's no different in martial arts. Some people refer to themselves
as "Sifu Johnson." It's...pretentious. It just isn't done by those that are secure in themselves and what they do.
So...this colors my feelings about what I have read a bit. I prefer the factual, understated marketing that I routinely see from reputable
sources. But that can be deceiving. When I saw the advertising for Karate Kid
, I thought it would be trash. The movie was a pleasant surprise (even though the sequels were typically bad).
What would I
do? I'd buy the book, but take what you read with a grain of salt. I'll probably pick up a copy, but then I buy lots of books anyhow.