Dim Mak, the Poison Hand of the Martial Arts, is death by a single touch.
One of the more esoteric forms of Dim Mak is to coat the fingernail with poison. It is said that a serious assassin would coat his fingernail with wax, then apply the poison. Thus, he could scratch an opponent with a slight flick of the finger, not risk death himself, and cause death easily.
This is said to be a skill developed in certain less than honorable gung fu practices, and utilized by ninjitsu assassins.
Mind you, nobody has ever given any rock solid historical examples of this type of Poison Hand Dim Mak, but that is not to say it is impossible.
If the modern student happens to be a worker in a chemical factory, or perhaps have connections in the biological warfare department of the US Army, then such a thing as a poison hand dim mak is possible.
It is this writer’s opinion that there is a far simpler method for developing this technique.
In the saga entitled ‘Iron and Silk,’ by Mark Saltzman, a certain kung fu teacher would strike a piece of metal a couple of thousand times a day.
He did this gently, so as not to damage the knuckles, but with enough force to develop a punch that was ‘metal tough.’
In fact, during the filming of the movie, ‘Iron and Silk,’ the kung fu teacher was asked to demonstrate the technique, and the resulting sound of his fist smacking on his piece of metal caused the film crew to get sick to their stomachs. They ended up canceling the audio and dubbing in a less sickening ‘smack.’
The point is that anybody can develop the poison hand death touch if they simply train and train and train.
Something that is anathematic to many of today’s ‘go for the gold’ martial artists. Many martial artists, you see, go to class, do their forms, then discuss how deadly they are over tea.
The dedicated poison hand dim mak specialist isn’t going to do that…he is going to train.
He is going to hit pieces of metal, or slabs of wood, or some other substance. He is going to do this softly, but insistently, and for an hour or more every day.
And, he is not going to be satisfied with a couple of months, as if ‘earning a belt,’ or even a couple of years, as in ranking in another system.
No, he is going to do this for years and years. Decades. And, in the end, he won’t be satisfied until the mere touch of his knuckles is enough to cause an opponent to curl up and die.
Perhaps it is good that we don’t have people with the depth of personality to train in this intense manner.
After all, shake hands with a poison hand dim mak specialist who has trained in this fashion…and your hand may well just curl up and die.
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