The subject of vital/vulnerable points and how to strike them is a very serious matter and one that will never be used lightly. Exercise am very eager about teaching people about them and usually only give a generalized description of them. There are two books that attempt to tackle this subject book of dead, both that I have actually in my own personal library. One of them is Brian Adam’s, “Deadly Karate Blows. inches
Now before I get started on writing the actual review of this book, I am about to take this opportunity to give you a bit of insight into my reviewing process. I will rarely if give a bad review. This is simply not meant to imply I think that everything is good, it’s just that if i don’t care for a particular book or DVD i always have, I only will not start a review on it. What I primarily look for in an educational book or DVD is its capacity teach me solid relevant information on the particular topic being addressed, which should be the primary focus of the material being presented. Unfortunately, this is simply not always the case.
Now based on ones own knowledge on the subject, and ones own perspective, you will either love this book or revile it. While I myself readily question some of the material presented in this book, I find a lot of it to be very informative in both having a positive and a negative way. Rather than dwelling on the negative aspects, I will instead focus on the features of this book.
The basic format for this book begins with 2-3 photos with captions and two subjects proving a particular technique whose attack is focused on a particular vital/vulnerable point. This is and then 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 begins with the weapon used, the point (vital/vulnerable point) bitten, and the possible medical significance of an effective attack. A common detractor to this is that it must be updated to provide more current and relevant information.
You can easily state 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 mcdougal was just trying to give the reader an overview of the subject, rather than a detailed analysis.
During the introduction to this book, mcdougal is insistent about making it clear that, inches… I have just barely scraped the surface of a subject that will continue to regain its status in the martial arts. inches Mcdougal also makes it obvious that, “One must remember that whenever the human element is involved, there is no such thing as absolute faultlessness. 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 that will be hindered by sudden circumstances. inches
Although this book is definitely not an “authoritative” piece, it still holds value specially when combined with another book called, “Gray’s Body structure. inches