A phenomenon that occurs in every martial arts school

I would like to address a phenomenon that occurs in every martial arts school. The instructor cares more about the development of the student than the student does.  I constantly see instructors working their butt off trying to get students to ‘do it right’.  Instructors will spend more time trying to get the non-conformers to do it right that they will helping the ones who are doing it right.

There are some wise old sayings that become more brilliant as I get older.  See if you recognize any of these:

  • The strong will survive.
  • The weak will always be with us.
  • When the student is ready to learn the master will arrive.
  • People learn one of three ways; they see, they listen, or they feel.
  • When all else fails to teach, pain will teach.
  • Everyone in the martial arts is not destined to be a Black Belt.
  • When we stop learning, we start dying.

Why am I taking time to share this?  I need to tell our instructors that it is okay to hold to their standards and not ‘sell out.’ It is okay for them to have students who do not make the grade.  and it is okay to tell students that they are not ready yet for a promotion, next belt rank etc.

It is a lot better to do that, being truthful with the student as he is developing  and to hold the student to a high standard that to have the student come before the testing board and be crushed by the outcome.

I want to share a personal story; Many years ago a private student of mine insisted on doing it ‘his way’ because it was easier for him.  He had less that six months study and I have over 35+ years.  One of us has a deeper understanding  of the martial arts.

He kept asking;

“Why am I not progressing?
Why do you always defeat me so easily?
Why don’t my techniques have the power yours do?
Why am I always off-balance?”

Easy answer.  ‘His way’ is not the martial arts way. He cannot see beyond his limited scope.  He does not have the advantage of 30 years of experience. He cannot see what is coming next.  He fights on one plane not knowing that seven other planes exist.  He couldn’t deal with what he did not know or recognize. His biggest opponent was himself and ‘his way.’

I am patiently watching.  Pain is teaching and it is a slow, painful, agonizing process. He will either get strong, learn or fail.  Either way will be okay.  Such is life, all are not destined to be black belts.

Pericardium 6 – An Idiot vs. A Master

Seminar attendees often ask me why I spend so much time on arm points and stances.  It is because humans normally attack with their hands and the points of the arm below the elbow are very important to setting up point combinations that will render the attacker helpless.

Making sure that stances are correct insures that you will be able to withstand the unseen low kick and allows you to transfer energy properly.

That being said, let’s take a look at the point combinations that can be used from a latch onto PC-6, Pericardium 6.

The following points on the body will be greatly influenced by your activation PC-6; CV-14, CV-24, LI-18, ST-9, KI-8, LI-10, LI-11 and GB-20.

So you can easily see why we must learn to deal with the first available target being the arm, and then proceed to the secondary target on the body, which will have been weakened by our intitial stiumulus.

Many naive martial artists believe that pressure point work only involves finding where the deadly points are and hitting them.  There is nothing further from the truth.

The ‘Master’ will utilize one point to set up the next and truly demonstrate the art.  Any idiot can go and buy an acupunture book and find out where sensitive points are and hit them.

The idiot’s approach fails when he connot hit the moving target and cannot deal with the arms in his way.

The ‘Master’ uses the arm points to establish a pathway to the sensitive points allowing an easy victory over his enemy.

You must learn the science and deal with the real world scenarios.

REAL enemies have arms and move in combat.

REAL enemies are durable and can withstand impact to their bodies.

Most martial artists are incapable of delivering enough force from their punches to defeat their enemies without the blow striking a sensitive point (pressure point).

Angle of Attack for the Most Destructive Power

Usually people relate this ‘player to the game’ to the angle the pressure point must be struck in order to transfer energy into the meridian.  Our DSI  pressure point charts show the angle necessary to inject energy or strike the point that will provide the least amount of resistance to the meridian core.

This basic ‘player’ is easily seen and demonstrated by the novice who has charts.  It is a key player in the core understanding of what we do.  That being said, lets look at this ‘player’ from a mechanical  application.

Every technique should be analyzed for its angle of attack to the attacker’s core.  It should be the goal of every technique to place you in a position that you could access the core of your attacker.

Take a quick look at the video clip in our ‘Instant Knockout’ Video here

One of the points highlighted is for stomach 5.  Now try to apply that stike to your own techniques.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Look at the position your technique puts you in.
  • What position is your attacker in when doing the technique?
  • Can you reach the attackers core?

Your job is to address any stimulus in such a manner that puts you in the best position to reach your attacker’s core with the least amount of threat. In other words, do not do a wrist grab with a release point ready to hit stomach 5 but that will place you in direct line of fire from the off side hand.

Choose the release point on the other side of hand that will put you on the outside… out of the line of fire.

Always try to egress into the attack at an angle that will negate the natural anatomical strength of your opponent.  This is usually done from the outside in toward the core of your attacker.  By pressing  the attack forward, you stop their rooting and stability along with ability to generate the energy wave form.

How the Parasympathetic works in the body and how you can use it for such an unfair advantage

Recently at a Dragon Society International Seminar, Certified Instructor David Hansford released his thorough and detailed martial science research of the Parasympathetic Nervous System and how it affects the heart and other organs of the body.

We were all blown away with this ‘cutting edge’ information to say the least.

Grandmaster Tom Muncy said…

“This is GREAT!.  This is some REALLY good stuff every martial artist needs to learn.”

But before we go into what is in the book and DVD set, let’s first go over what exactly is the Parasympathetic Nervous System and why martial artists need to learn about it.

It is one of the three main divisions of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is responsible for regulation of internal organs and glands, which occurs unconsciously. To be specific, the parasympathetic system is responsible for stimulation of “rest-and-digest” or “feed and breed” activities that occur when the body is at rest.

Its action is complementary to the other main branches of the ANS, the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for stimulating activities associated with the fight-or-flight response.

You got that so far? Okay, hang in there. You’re doing great.

Sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system (nerves in the body) typically function in opposition to each other. This natural opposition is better understood as complementary in nature rather than resistant.

Here’s an example. Think of the sympathetic as the police, or first responders and the parasympathetic as the court system.

The sympathetic typically functions in actions requiring quick responses. The parasympathetic functions with actions that do not need immediate reaction.

Yeah, yeah.  So what does all this mean for a martial artist, combat expert, and self defense extraordinaire like you?

Let’s put it plainly.  Learning from Hansford’s Book and You will get all the juicy details of EXACT SCIENCE on how to manipulate your attacker’s nervous system to have the ‘upper hand’ with your favorite self defense technique in an altercation.


So what can you learn from David Hansford and some cameo appearances by Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker in this Book and DVD set?

Here’s my top 7…but there are so many more.

* What is the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic and why you need to know the difference between the two.

* What is Fa Jing and why it is the secret to energy transfer and styles like ‘iron shirt’.

* How the Central Nervous System works and the ways to dismantle your attacker in ways you never thought of before.

* What points ‘speed up’ the function of the organs, which ones ‘slow things down’ so you are not ‘working against yourself’ in your self defense.

* The most vital pressure points to ‘take out’ someone three times your size with ease and accuracy.

* What is ‘blood profusion’ and why every martial artist out there, regardless of your style, needs to know how it affects your striking ability.

* Learn one of the most easiest facial knockouts by Rick Moneymaker that takes a ‘quarter of a second’ to pull off.

The DVD is over 60 minutes of instruction to bring you up to speed on the extensive research David provided to the seminar attendees. It features hands on examples and demonstration and a look at seminar students practicing with a partner.

If you love studying martial arts and self defense science and pressure points, Parasympathetic Attacks to the Heart is one to definitely add to your library.


The Mystery of Traditional Martial Arts Training

The secrets of the Chinese-based martial arts, including karate, have been revealed gradually as the understanding into Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Chinese cultural experiences, and role these play in their fighting systems, has expanded. Still it all seems so mysterious with colorful names like “Palace of Toil”, “Bubbling Spring”, “Needle in the Sea” and “Brushing the Peacock’s Tail” and with concepts like the “Sichen”, “Five Element/Phases”, “Controlling or Destructive Cycle”, “Qi and the Twelve Meridians” and “Yin-yang”. What’s a Westerner to do with these totally alien names and concepts?

Mostly we memorize them, accepting that they are based on centuries of observation with results that are predictable and reliable. Touch here, hit there in the sequence of the Destructive Cycle and unconsciousness follows. Or strike hard here, in and down, and death within three days. The concept of dim-mak (dian xue in Mandarin), striking techniques causing severe, delayed effects, seems almost impossibly magical. Since these were guarded secrets for centuries, traditional martial arts have an aura of even more mystery.

The light of understanding began to shine as individuals and organizations, like the Dragon Society International, studied, researched and experimented; and then applied western medical knowledge to these Chinese concepts. For example, the most fundamental and important concept in the Chinese philosophy and Chinese-based martial arts is that of yin-yang, the opposite and complementary nature that exists in all things and between all things. In anatomy and physiology the human body has an autonomic nervous system to rapidly respond to emergency situations in order to protect the body and maintain homeostasis. The responses are reflex actions over which a person has no control. The autonomic system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems with these having opposing and complementary functions: one speeds up the function or activity of an organ, while the other slows it down. Thus the autonomic system unconsciously controls blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, urination, sleep and breathing.

Striking some nerves causes a sympathetic response with an increase in blood pressure, breathing and heart rate and which can cause a heart arrhythmia. Striking other nerves activates the parasympathetic nervous system which results in the heart slowing down, the blood pressure dropping dramatically, and the brain to go into a vasovagal faint. In the extreme scenario the heart can stop.

The book Parasympathetic Attacks to the Heart, offered by the Dragon Society International, summarizes the anatomy and physiology relevant to martial arts implications for the heart and circulatory system. The physics and kinds of strikes most suited for either a sympathetic or a parasympathetic response are discussed as well.

Does your training need an edge?

Do you feel you’ve reached a glass ceiling with your training?  Do you want to enhance your training to include all aspects of the arts?  Do you have pieces missing from your training and you don’t know where to start?
For over 20 years Dragon Society International has taught seminars all over the world. We have gotten our hands on literally thousands of people in an attempt to enhance their martial arts and to ‘fill in’ any and all missing pieces of their art.

DSI seminars bring fundamental, in-depth and ‘nuts and bolts’ principles of martial science pressure point training.
Easy enough right?  So why do so many martial artists hesitate?

The problem arises with the preconceived challenges the individual puts on the process.

Students will tell us, “I have never seen results like that from the techniques my instructor has taught me?”.
But here is their concern:

  • They are afraid of making waves in their dojo.
  • They are nervous about switching styles.
  • They do not want to start from the ground floor in their training.

…and the list goes on.

First, you do not need to switch styles.  You can stay with the style you are in now. It does not matter what style you are currently practicing. We have helped out practitioners from every style, rank, country, back-ground, politics you can think of.

Sometimes a practitioner will ask us ,”Why hasn’t my instructor shown me these techniques before?”.  If we do not know your instructor personally we cannot answer that question in an honest fashion. Maybe he or she did not have the same knowledge or exposure that there is now.  Training even 5-10 years ago is different than today with access to Youtube, social media and the to the overwhelming knowledge on blogs and forums.

Instructors years ago had to go to great lengths to learn (travel, missing time with family, finding instructors, etc) and spending a fortune in collecting resources of books, tapes, and charts.

Presently it is even easier to access martial science knowledge and train with Dragon Society International.
You can decide to jump in with both feet and change everything you are currently doing. We have many members who have left their current school and come aboard.

Just for the record, when these situations have occurred the individual was already looking for another organization to switch to. They were either dissatisfied with either their current instructor, current style, current organization , or a combination.

The official position of DSI is we do not force or encourage, people to leave their current training circumstances. In plain language we do not fish in other instructors ponds. We do not need to.

Consequently if an individual comes to us and asks us to direct their training we will do everything in our power to help that individual if we feel they are genuine and honest in their reasoning for switching.

We will not get caught up in petty politics. It is all about the learning and sharing.

We have many Black Belts, for whatever reason, found themselves without an instructor to follow. Some may only teach a few people in their basement while some had large commercial schools with hundreds of students relying on them for information and rank.

I speak from first hand experience on this. Many years ago my wife and I were with a different organization. It got to the point where we had to make a decision as to which direction we wanted our training to go as well as the training of our students.

We already had developed a relationship with Dragon Society International and Grandmasters Muncy and Moneymaker. We decided to switch and go with Dragon Society. When I called Grandmaster Moneymaker and informed him we wanted to join DSI and leave our current organization his response was, “Welcome and don’t worry about a thing. We are going to take care of you.”

We haven’t looked back since. It was by far one of the best decisions we made for our training.
Many instructors simply want to add our science to the style they are currently teaching. We have worked with many organizations on helping them to add our principles to their curriculum with great results.
We have rank and certification for those just starting in the martial arts and want to earn their black belt all the way through to becoming a DSI Certified instructor.

We  have an ever growing list of DVD’s, books, charts, and reference materials to learn from all which are available on our website www.dragonsociety.com/shop

Along with GM’s Moneymaker and Muncy, our team of Martial Science experts, are available for seminars all over the country.

Cole Ricks – Weapons/Knife/DSI Principles

Michael Patrick – Weapons/Combat/BAR/ DSI Principles

Frank Annese – Weapons/Stick/Ground/ DSI Principles

Wayne Adams – Sparring/Locks-Takedowns/Kata/ DSI Principles

Michelle Annese – Locks-Takedowns/Kata/Children Curriculum/ DSI Principles

David Hansford – Parasympathetic-Sympathetic Systems/Kata/ DSI Principles

Our instructors are available for weekends or evenings.  You can have them in for a Saturday clinic or come into one of your regularly scheduled classes during the week.  We are now setting dates for our 2013/14 calendar.

How? Simple.  Contact us, come to a seminar,  or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

We can help you easily ‘custom fit’ DSI principles and “Players to the Game” to your current training.

What if it only took this one class or seminar to make all the difference in giving you that ‘edge’ in your training this year?  Don’t wait. Contact us today.

DSI is standing by.