The main topic of vital/vulnerable points and how to strike them is a very serious matter and one which will never be taken lightly. In a health club am very leery about teaching people about them and usually only give a generalized description of them. There are two books that attempt to tackle this subject, both of which I now have in my own personal library. One of them is Brian Adam’s book of dead, “Deadly Karate Blows. ”
Now before I get yourself started writing the actual review of this book, I can take this opportunity to give you a bit of insight into my reviewing process. I will rarely if ever give a bad review. It is not meant to imply that I think that everything is good, it’s just that if i don’t care for a particular book or DVD that have, I just will not join in a review on it. What I primarily look for in an instructional book or DVD is its power to teach me solid relevant information on the particular topic being addressed, which should be the primary focus of the material being presented. Unfortunately, it is not always the case.
Now above your knowledge on the subject, and your perspective, you will either love this book or revile it. While I myself readily question some of the material presented in this book, Me find a lot of it to be very informative in both keeping a positive and a negative way. Rather than dwelling on the negative aspects, I will instead focus on the positive aspects of this book.
The basic format for this book starts out with two to three images with captions and two subjects displaying a particular technique whoever attack is focused on a particular vital/vulnerable point. This is pursued by some pretty good illustrations and description of the various possible injuries that can accompany a blow to the particular vital/vulnerable point being discussed. Each section starts out with the weapon used, the mark (vital/vulnerable point) bombarded, and the possible medical benefits of an effective attack. One detractor to this is that it should be updated to provide more current and relevant information.
You are able to easily assert that a lot of the information provided is sketchy at best and not very detailed at all. This is a legitimate point. However, and this is just my opinion, I think the author was just trying to give the reader an overview of the subject, rather than a detailed analysis.
During the introduction to this book, the author is adamant about making it clear that, “… I have just barely nicked the surface of a subject that will continue to regain its status in the martial arts. ” The author also makes it undoubted that, “One must remember that whenever the human element is involved, there is no such thing as absolute flawlessness. This is why in many of the sections it is indicated that there is more than one possible result, because the blow may be slightly off target or because of other existing conditions which might be hindered by surprising circumstances. ”
Although this book is definitely not an “authoritative” piece, it still holds value especially when combined with another book called, “Gray’s Anatomy. “