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Chris Thomas is a world renowned instructor of pressure point method, classical Okinawan martial arts and classical Chinese kung fu. He is a writer, whose articles on martial arts have been published around the world. Chris Thomas and his teacher, George Dillman, have written the definitive books on pressure point fighting.

Don’t Mislead Me: Inadequate Explanations For Kata Movements

The question showed that this student was troubled by the woefully inadequate explanations for kata movements that he had been given over the years. Since...

Dancing With The Dark Side

At some point, the true martial artist must come to grips with this messy, brutal reality. I call this "dancing with the dark side." Let...

Anyone Can Beat Anyone: There Is No Such Thing As Invulnerability

I know that invulnerability is often what we seek when we are beginning our training. We watched many a martial arts demo in which...

Rip Pressure-Point Expert Ed Lake Dies

The martial arts community lost one of its leading exponents of pressure-point fighting, aka kyusho-jitsu, on September 28, 2014, when Ed Lake died of...

Immobilization Makes Pressure Point Techniques Work

In the martial arts community, those who practice kyusho-jitsu (pressure-point techniques for fighting) are often subjected to criticism. It all started when their self-defense...

Pressure Point Techniques: How Safe Are They?

A team of doctors try to find out! From the time George Dillman began to demonstrate kysho-jitsu (pressure point fighting), which he learned from Hohan...

Pure Punching Power: Karate-do Punch vs Karate-jutsu Punch

In this article a Medical Doctor Examines Karate-Do and Karate-Jutsu to find out which system has a better karate punch. Much has been made of...

Yin and Yang: The Significance of Gender in Karate Pressure Point...

One day George Dillman called me and said, “Weave been teaching women incorrectly!” Most martial artists will only reluctantly admit when they are wrong;...

Isshin-ryu and Pressure Point Fighting

When traditional karate practitioners are introduced to pressure point fighting and shown how it unlocks the secrets of kata and other aspects of classical...

Pressure Points in Shotokan Karate

Pressure Points in Shotokan Karate from Shotokan Karate Magazine, July, 2004 - There is a well known photo of Gichin Funakoshi in his 80’s performing...

Redundancy: The Secret to Idiot-Proofing Your Martial Art

The secret to idiot proofing your martial art lies in learning Pressure Point Techniques. Among the most important elements of the traditional martial arts are...

Relax Kung Fu Practitioners

I practice karate (Ryukyu kempo and Isshin-ryu) and tai chi chuan. Most people think of me as a karate guy. So, I find it...

Pressure Point Fighting in Tai Chi

In the early 80's, I wrote some articles about tai chi. After one of them, a letter to the editor from a tai chi...

Thanks George Dillman: Understanding Pressure Point Fighting

For some years before I met George Dillman, I had been trying to do interpretation of kata. I knew these movements must have some...

Self-Defense Rescripted DVD

Self Defense Rescripted is a practical and effective approach to self defense for good, ordinary, real people. You will find the Self-Defense Rescripted DVD a very...

Sharing Martial Arts Knowledge Openly

Since I had originally trained in the Shotokan style, I decided to attend a seminar by Shotokan master Hirokazu Kanazawa. During the seminar, Kanazawa-sensei...

Old Karate is About Interpreting Kata

I prefer "old karate." I mean this in three different ways. When I first used the phrase, I had been training for about ten years....

No Martial Arts Masters Here, Just Ordinary Men

A Buddhist friend showed me a video featuring some Tibetan yogis. These were people whom she greatly admired (some were her teachers). She saw...

Blocks in Martial Arts are Strikes

I recently was explaining our concepts to a man who had been training at a local martial arts school. It was almost as if...

Nunti Bo: The bo with the sai on the end

In Isshin-ryu we have three bo (long staff) kata. About 20 years ago I was pondering a particular characteristic of one of them. Let...