The Secret of Advanced Dim Mak & Healing.

There is one skill you need.

It doesn’t matter if you’re after internal Dim Mak for self defense or trying to build advanced energy healing ability.

You must have this skill.

Without it you simply cannot get anywhere.

…but with this skill, everything is much much easier.

You’ll probably recognize this skill because we talk about it a lot and it forms a cornerstone of our training.

Here’s Sigung Clear talking about it in a video clip from the new Internal Push Hands Instructor Course available now:

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Tai Chi Dim Mak

Tai Chi Dim Mak is a very deep subject.  Tai Chi Dim Mak includes pressure point striking, Internal Jing expressions to develop various kinds of force transfer and Internal Dim Mak.

What is particularly interesting to me about Tai Chi Dim Mak is that the deeper internal aspects I wrote about in the Internal Dim Mak post are trained and studied and the meridian pressure points are also studied as the Tai Chi moves are designed so that they automatically are hitting the correct  pressure points in the correct order to cause knockouts, internal damage and even death.

Generally, if someone has been shown the basic pressure points that a particular Tai Chi move strikes then they tend to remember because the approach and order of point strikes is very obvious to anyone who actually practices the Tai Chi moves.  This part of the study is not so difficult and is only painstaking if you choose to memorize all of the point names and what they do etc..

Tai Chi Dim Mak includes striking, rubbing / brushing, seizing, bumping, sending internal energy into an opponent and sending an opponents own energy back into them before, during and after it has been expressed.  Sending the energy back into an opponent requires training in Tai Chi body quality, energy transfer and sensitivity.  Literally you feel the energy and gather it and then send it back to them usually through a touch but also with mind intent.  This truly is high level but well within reach for those who work on the necessary skills.

In Tai Chi Dim Mak feeling and neutralizing the opponents intent and sending their energy back into them at the instant that they start to issue it is considered to be one of the highest level skills.  Sensitivity to be able to feel what they are doing and what they are intending to do is the most critical skill to develop the timing for this kind of Tai Chi Dim Mak.  One of the nice benefits of training the internal sensitivity is that timing and sensitivity improve with age which means that this kind of skill can be performed into very advanced years as can be seen by observing the advanced practitioners of Tai Chi who seem to become more able, healthy and powerful as they age.  Several of my teachers who have this and many other skills at a high level are in their mid 70’s and quite impressive to work with.

Tai Chi Dim Mak eventually trains the practitioner so that with just a touch they can impart serious damage.  At the same time the Tai Chi practitioners at this level can also do some amazing energetic healing.  These are the two sides of the same energetic coin.

Internal Dim Mak

In this post I hope to give the reader a little insight into the reality of Internal Dim Mak. I will do that by first explaining a bit about more well known systems of Dim Mak and then comparing and contrasting them to what I mean by Internal Dim Mak.

There are quite a few different systems of Dim Mak. The most commonly known systems are acupuncture meridian pressure point based systems. Pressure points are located where the acupuncture meridian lines are at or near the body surface and usually near or on a bone making them quite vulnerable as a target. There are Dim Mak systems that use the nervous system including but not limited to the Vagus nerve which is a fairly easy way to shut down the body. There are other Dim Mak systems that focus on sending a signal to the brain or spine to shut down such as striking or choking a person on the Carotid nerve which stimulates the vagus or a blood choke which cuts off the oxygen to the brain causing a knockout. Systems that do these kinds of things would be referred to in China as Sealing the blood or Sealing the air.

Most of the Dim Mak systems that people here in the USA are familiar with are meridian pressure point based systems and sealing of the air. The pressure point systems work because a pressure point on a meridian is struck and then a corresponding pressure point or points are struck. The combination of pressure points along with the strike(s) being delivered at the proper angle and depth along with the correct kind of strike, rub, bump, scrape etc then causes an overload or a drainage to the human body’s nervous system that results in a brain shut down and hence a knockout.

When training meridian pressure point strikes you must learn where the points are, how to hit them and in what order to hit them. One of the big noticeable differences for Internal Dim Mak strikes is that they work no matter where contact is made. As a result the pressure points are much less important as a body of study.

These kind of Internal Dim Mak systems are much lesser known. In these kind of systems you do not have to strike a pressure point. The strike contact can be made anywhere on the body and directed inside of the person’s body so that they will get the effect of the strike wherever it is intended. So, if you want to affect the person’s heart but you can only reach their hands then you strike the hand with the intention of sending the strike to the heart. If you want to knock the person out then you send the strike to the persons head with the intention of knocking them out. In China this is commonly referred to as high level Fa Jing or Explosive energy transfer.

For Internal Dim Mak you must train the ability to make a hit go inside of them where you want it to go with sufficient force for the intended result. This involves training internal sensitivity so that you can feel the inside of the other person’s body including the internal tensions and pathway(s) that are inside of their body. It also involves training your mind so that you can direct a strike and have the force from it travel over distance. The quality of the strike(s) and ability to direct the strike(s) are very important.

Higher level Fa Jing and most of the energy type palms such as Vibrating Palm, Poison Hand, Cotton Palm and Heaven and Earth Palm are this kind of strike. In Cotton Palm you develop the Tai Chi “Steel wrapped in Cotton” principle so that when you strike them it feels like you are hitting them with a steel crowbar that is wrapped in a rolled sheet of cotton. Imagine being hit anywhere with a crowbar such as this. The strike would penetrate all of the way to the bone and could quite easily break the bone. If the force is directed it can damage whatever it makes contact with.

Most of the strikes in Clear’s One touch Knockouts are Internal Dim Mak strikes. Some of them are the directed force and Fa Jing type and others are of the Vibrating Palm, Poison Hand, Cotton Palm and Heaven and Earth Palm variety. Training mind intent and transmitting force is an important part of the training and so is the Chi Kung and development of internal sensitivity. Because we also focus on the healing aspects of the art the internal sensitivity and Chi Kung is emphasized. I personally find that at the high levels of the art the practice for healing and for developing the personal strength and ability is the same thing.

Please remember that the most important battle most people will face in modern society is the one for their health. Dostoyevsky err Spiderman once said, “With great power comes great responsibility”. The nice thing about training the real internal arts is that you gain self defense ability while working on your health and longevity at the same time.

Best Regards.
Sigung Clear

Poison hand

In this post I am going to write about a specific kind of Poison Hand.  The fact that it is a poison hand method actually occurred to me while I was writing this post which started out as a healing article.  I will relate the story of it here and I believe it will become obvious how this ended up being a separate post derived from the one about energy healing.

First of all there seems to be a variety of skills referred to as poison hand.  These range from quite basic low level methods to high level energetic methods.  When I started openly teaching in Florida in the early 1990’s I once had a relatively well known instructor call me from New York over 1,000 miles away.  He called to insist that for my young age at the time it was impossible for me to know poison hand and so I should stop claiming it in any of my advertising.  This in itself was interesting as at that time I only advertised locally in Florida and either did not have my web site yet or the internet was so young that the web site was not a source of any income.  Anyway, the call seemed to be sparked by some kind of (professional?) jealousy.  Notwithstanding out of a reasonable desire to properly educate this gentleman and anyone else who wanted to know that I actually did have it I was happy to explain to him which types I knew and how they were done.  The funniest part of the conversation occurred immediately after I asked him which type of Poison Hand he was claiming that I did not know.  He paused and stammered for a moment (in a way that told me instantly that he was not aware that there was more than one type).  He then said, “Tell me about the most advanced one you know”.  I said okay and began to explain it.  I did not get half way through the explanation before he got very quiet said he had to go and then hung up.  He never bothered me again.

What I really took away from this experience was how little is known about actual poison hand here in the States and that most people are unaware that there are at least several different types of methods that can be correctly classified as poison hand techniques.

One primarily external basic type of poison hand work is for the striker to make contact with at least 3 points with one strike.  A basic example would be to punch and hit a specific easy to hit spot on the arm and as the punch continues forward it hits the neck and then bounces into a specific easy to hit spot on the jaw.  All of these points are in order on a line when you are at the correct angle and position to an incoming attacker.  You simply throw the punch the correct way with the appropriate mindset and it works like a charm.

I originally started to write about this next technique/method as a generic Dim Mak method that I know how to heal but as I am writing this post it occurs to me that I have also heard this technique called poisoning the blood which makes me think that it is one type of very high level Poison hand.  I do know another high level version of Poison hand that works quite a bit differently than the method I am referring to here.  Prior to finding it for myself I had heard about this  method but I had never seen it live.

This other method of poison hand that  I discovered (or re-discovered) quite by accident, is a relatively secret method of Dim Mak which I had heard about but had never actually seen until I accidentally did it to a senior student I was practicing with.  I had heard this Dim Mak strike referred to as the black hand or black touch of death.

The way this type of Dim Mak causes death is that essentially immediately after being struck a bruise forms on the recipient and then a visually obvious (slightly thicker than a vein) black line begins growing and moving from the original point of contact towards the persons heart.  It continues until the person dies from it.

Anyway, the way that I discovered it was totally by accident and I only knew what had happened because all of the effects I witnessed matched what I had heard about this technique.  Interestingly enough once you know this method it is actually fairly easy to reproduce.  Fortunately, I had heard a bit about this method and so I knew the advanced student I was working with was about to have a very bad day (cross through the word day) year.  I did not have a healing method for this Dim Mak as I had not been personally taught it by anyone.  I have been taught how to fix almost every Dim Mak technique / method I have learned at the same time that I learned the Dim Mak method and as an understood part of appropriate responsible learning of such techniques.  Anyway, since an instructor had not taught me I did not have a way at that moment to fix it and although it was progressing slowly it was getting thicker and at its rate of progression (about 2 1/2 inches over the course of 30 minutes at a very steady pace) would have made its way to his heart within several hours.  Out of fear and desperation (an often together albeit unpleasant combo) I literally used my Chi / Qi Emission Fa Gung Healing training and energetically pulled the black line from the point of entry and we (myself, the student I struck and another more advanced senior student) watched as I pulled out the injury.  It slowly retracted and went back down to nothing as I kept working.  At one point I stopped and the flow started back up his arm again proving to me how potent this particular method is.  So, I continued to work on him until I was absolutely certain that the effects were completely gone.

Dian Xue (Dim Hsueh) Delayed Death Touch

[Dian Xue (Dim Mak part 3 of 3)]

[read part 1 and part 2 first]

How Delayed Death Touch Strikes Work

Last but not least is Dian Xue Delayed Death Strikes. Dian Xue Delayed Death Strikes can be caused different ways including directing the force with your mind so that the effect of the strike is continuous causing the damage over a period of time.

A concussion that causes bleeding and pressure on the brain is the kind of injury that most people are familiar with as some very famous individuals have died as a result of head trauma accidents where this kind of injury was the cause of death.

There are some pressure point methods of Dian Xue that when performed will cause issues that will become serious only after the passage of a bit more time.

Types of Delayed Death Touch Strikes

If one of the valves on the intestines is struck in a way so that it closes and is damaged in a way so that it will not open then death could eventually occur but it will take as long as several weeks. Of course this would be a rather painful and gross way for someone to die, but I am using it here to show how one type of delayed death touch strike works.

Another comparatively simple kind of Dian Xue is to strike in such a way as to cause a large deep bruise in an artery that can eventually break loose and go to the head or heart causing a stroke or heart attack. In this case death may be a quite pro-longed process.

Another kind of Dian Xue is to literally transfer energy through a strike directed with mind intent so that the energy causes a series of events to occur over a long period of time. In this case the energy can be locked up for quite a long time until the recipient does something that causes the energy to release and travel through the system.

The release could be caused by things such as an endorphin surge in the body, over excitement or nausea like when someone has the flu which tends to purge and weaken the entire body causing an overall energy movement in the body.

Removing Delayed Death Touch Strikes

As I stated in the previous Dim Mak article the advanced study of Dian Xue is the Chinese Medicine aspect of it.

I have personally removed a Dim Mak strike from several different individuals who had been struck by a master of the Chinese art of Dian Xue. At least two of the individuals were struck on purpose.

One of the individuals was struck on accident. The master meant to teach them a lesson and put in more juice than they intended.

My particular studies in Dian Xue have focused on the medical aspect of it which of course makes my understanding of how to execute such strikes that much better but also better fits with my goals of being an advanced martial artist who helps people to improve their health and lives physically, mentally and spiritually.

Dim Mak

[Dim Mak (death touch) part 2 of 3

Read Dim Mak part 1 (Death Touch) first]

Paralyzing Dim Mak Strikes From Anywhere

Another kind of Dim Mak involves learning how to generate a specific kind of strike or strikes so that no matter where you hit, strike or otherwise act to affect the meridian you transfer force into it causing the effect the paralysis or knockout.

These are the effects that most people are familiar with regarding pressure points.

In this case knowledge of the meridians and points is helpful but not as necessary as it is in the common striking the points kind of methods. Developing specific kinds of striking ability is the more important aspect of this training.

Iron Palm and Poison Hand are specific examples of this.

Dim Mak Strikes to the Nervous System

Another kind of Dim Mak involves hitting or affecting the meridian in a way such that the force travels up the meridian and affects the nervous system, brain or spine of the recipient.

In this kind of study you must learn to feel the connection of the meridian into the rest of the physiology and also how to direct force on impact so that the entire meridian is affected by the contact anywhere on the meridian. Once you understand how this kind of Dim Mak is performed it is not particularly difficult to apply.

However, you do need to understand that each individual person is uniquely different from every other person with different weight, mass, density, length, chemistry and nervous system accessibility. I have personally worked on and with people who would barely notice if you hit them with a sledge hammer and others who keel over if you barely touch them (properly of course).

Even More Advanced Dim Mak Techniques

Another and more advanced kind of Dim Mak is to strike or hit the person anywhere and transfer the force or energy into them so that it travels inside of them to anywhere else you want the energy to go. For example to hit their fore arm and send the energy of the strike to the recipients kidney, heart or lung.

This method of Dim Mak does involve some basic understanding of the other methods and then a lot of specific internal training to learn how to feel inside the other persons body and how to transfer and direct force.

At a higher level all of the Dim Mak methods involve learning how to fix the Dim Mak strikes. The pressure point Dim Mak methods generally use specific points to fix and reactivate the physiology.

To fix the transfer of force method involves learning to feel and sense the force that has been transmitted to the person and drawing or adjusting and removing it through various modalities including but not limited to counter striking, breath, mind intent and energy manipulation within yourself and then others.

to be continued… part 3 Dian Xue

Death Touch

[Death Touch (Dim Mak) part 1 of 3]

Dim Mak or Death Touch is a field of study within Chinese martial arts that is usually only known by senior masters and Chinese Medicine practitioners.

Dim Mak is a term that is usually translated as vital or pressure point striking.

Dim Hsueh is a related term has been translated as the touch of death or Delayed Death Touch. Generally speaking Dim Mak is the major category and Dim Hsueh is a sub-category within the body of knowledge referred to as Dim Mak.

In the United States the most common version of Dim Mak to be found is a version whereby the practitioner hits several related pressure points in a row resulting in a knockout to the recipient. This is one kind of Dim Mak but there are many other kinds of Dim Mak.

This field of study offers a lot more than just learning where the points are and then learning a particular order in which to strike or hit the points.

How Pressure Point Strikes Work


Kidney Meridian

The meridian system of the body as studied in Chinese medicine and Dim Mak is a series of pathways that cover the entire body. For instance the Kidney meridian runs from the middle of the bottom of the foot, up the body through the kidney area, towards the top of the chest and ends underneath the back of the tongue.

To help explain about some different kinds of Dim Mak I will focus here on the heart and lung meridians. In the arm the lung meridian is on the index finger and runs up the radius side of the arm. The heart meridian is on the little finger side and runs up the ulna side of the arm.

Dim Mak pressure point study involves learning where the points on the meridian are easily accessed from the surface of the body.

I will use the radius bone as an example to help explain the depth issue.

Why Is It Harder To Hit the Meridians In Some Places?

In the average person, near the wrist you can easily touch the radius bone but near the meaty part of the forearm you will mostly feel flesh and the bone is buried under it.

In some areas of the arm the heart and lung meridians are covered quite well by muscle. In other areas the meridian can be accessed from the surface of the arm.

In a few areas where the bone can easily be accessed from the surface of the arm the meridian is between the bone and skin. This last setup makes it easy to access and easy to affect because the bone acts as a backboard or anvil to strike the meridian against.

The points where the meridian is easily accessed from the surface are the pressure points on the meridian and are commonly known just as pressure points.

Learning how and where to strike these points is one kind of Dim Mak.

To be continued… Part 2 Dim  Mak