George Dillman

From The Martial Arts Encyclopedia
George A. Dillman is the chief instructor for Dillman Karate International, an organization of approximately 85 schools boasting an enrollment of over 15,000 students worldwide.

George A. Dillman is a creative entrepreneur. This one-time martial arts hobbyist was able to find a niche in general martial arts theory within which to sell a hypothetical explanation. Dillman's sales pitch is that traditional kata, taught as part of the standard Ryukyu Kempo1 curriculum, contains hidden meanings or “bunki" that are disguised by the movements performed. Mr. Dillman claims to have "discovered" the true secret meaning in these kata; understanding and mastery of the true bunki within the kata will supposedly result in the practitioner becoming a complete and deadly fighter.

Mr. Dillman believes that the movements performed through these kata are a series of pressure point strikes and joint manipulations. Further, he has stated that these allegedly hidden strikes can cause varying degrees of damage to an opponent, including discomfort, paralysis, or even death. Specifically, Mr. Dillman states that the common/modern interpretation of most of the kata found in Ryukyu Kempo is either completely ineffective for its stated application or simply does not make sense.

According to Dillman, this misinterpretation was an intentional result of disguising the true bunki meaning for the safety of the children who were first taught the art. Initially, Ryukyu Kempo was introduced to school children by Anko Itosu around the turn of the 19th century. The primary focus of the art was modified for the children from combat to exercise and personal development. As a result, the secret meaning of the Ryukyu Kempo katas were withheld so that the teacher could test the dedication of the individual student. Instructors would only reveal the true deadly nature of the movements to those students who demonstrated the utmost commitment and had proven themselves deserving of the knowledge.

During the pre-World War II era, Ryukyu Kempo teachers in Okinawa sought to popularize their art within imperial Japan. As part of their attempt to make the art more mainstream in Japan they changed the name of the art to Karate-do from the older, more Chinese name, which was Ryukyu Kempo to-do jitsu. Further, the people of Okinawa, being as ethnocentric as any other culture, closely guarded the true bunki of the art and purposefully withheld the true meaning of the katas from the Japanese. The Japanese were shown the same art that was initially taught to Okinawan children by Anko Itosu, i.e., Karate-do.

As a result, America's post World War II occupation of Okinawa and Japan exposed American servicemen to the watered down Karate-do, rather than the true Ryukyu Kempo. Thus, the rudimentary explanations or bunki for the kata, originally provided to Okinawan school children, is the bunki that was brought back to the United State by our service men. Allegedly, the "true deadly" bunki of Ryukyu Kempo katas, consisting of debilitating pressure point strikes and joint manipulations, were lost…

Well, that was until Mr. Dillman made the deadly true kata bunki of Ryukyu Kempo known to the public.

This is the nutshell history behind Mr. Dillman's art. It has all the makings of legend or maybe a “C” level Americanized chop-socky movie. An allegedly ancient martial art that has deadly secret techniques that MAY have roots in another ancient and secret martial art from India called Marma adi. After centuries of oppression of the Okinawan people by the Japanese samurai the super secret ancient deadly techniques are revealed to the common man by our hero, George Dillman, who proceeds to ride his cash cow into the sunset.

But who is George A. Dillman? Where did he come from? Why should we trust him and his theories for “self-defense”? Why do people seem to pass out or sometimes collapse when Mr. Dillman pokes them in the neck or even when he doesn't touch them at all? Why does everyone seem to attack Mr. Dillman with a slow and contrived lunge punch? Why doesn't that guy let go of Mr. Dillman's wrist or lapel after he starts his technique? Is Mr. Dillman bullshido?....

Whoa, whoa, whoa…slow down reader, one step at a time. Mr. Dillman and the arguably theoretical application of his martial art, Kyusho-jitsu, is a big apple and we must take one bite at a time. Read on. The worst that can happen is this article provokes you to do a little more research prior to learning a theoretical and untested martial art. At best, this article will provide you with the information you need to be able to make up your own mind.

The Man

George A. Dillman presently holds a 9th degree black belt in Ryukyu Kempo Tomari-te.

It would appear that Dillman was originally a student of Isshinryu Karate master Harry G. Smith. It is assumed by this author that Dillman got his exposure to Okinawan karate through Mr. Smith and then subsequently floated off on his own from there. Dillman apparently went on to study with Daniel K. Pai (controversial founder of Pai Lum Kung Fu), Robert Trias (who studied a variety of Chinese and Japanese martial arts while stationed in the Pacific theater during WWII and is believed to have opened the first Karate school in the United States, in Phoenix, Arizona, 1946) and Taika Seiyu Oyata (said to be responsible for introducing Tuite and Kyusho-Jitsu to the United States in 1977). Dillman has also claimed to be the only person who has trained with both Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee.

As far as martial arts accomplishments, Dillman was a National Karate Champion, primarily in forms and breaking, during the years 1969 through 1972. He is apparently the holder of approximately 327 trophies in forms, fighting, weapons, and breaking. He has been on a variety of television shows over the years and claims to have been a professional boxer for three years. However, this author was not able to verify whether Dillman was or was not ever a professional boxer.

For the past decade or so, Dillman has traveled the world teaching seminars on Kyusho-jitsu and Tuite-jitsu claiming to have identified the secret traditional movements of the old Ryukyu Kempo forms as described above.

He has produced a DVD instructional series on pressure points and pressure point fighting, and he has authored five instructional books and one children's book with a student of his, Chris Thomas. Four of these books will be referenced and briefly reviewed at the end of this article.

Kyusho-jitsu: Pressure Point Strikes and Knock-Outs

The following videos demonstrate a variety of pressure point knock outs from techniques taught in the Kyusho-jitsu curriculum:

The vast majority of self-defense techniques taught in Dillman's Kyusho-kitsu and Tuite-jitsu are in response to the following attacks:

  • The menacing finger point;

  • The wicked angry fist shake;

  • The slow looping cross;

  • The contrived straight lunge punch;

  • A variety of nasty bear hugs; and finally

  • The unbreakable lapel and/or wrist grab.

To fully understand the difference between Dillman's interpretation these traditional Okinawan Kempo self-defense techniques and kata and the modern interpretation of the same techniques lets look at the following basic kata:

Pinan Shodan

The modern, or karate-do, interpretation of this opening sequence of Pinan Shodan is as follows:

The attacker is performing a 2 strike combination. The fist strike is with the rear chambered fist (a half-moon lunge punch). In response to this the defender faces the incoming punch while drawing up into a cat stance and performs an inside/out block to counter the first punch. The other hand should be above the defender's head to prepare for countering the next strike. The attacker then throws a reverse punch with his other hand. The defender then traps the strike with both arms and strikes the attacker with a lead punch while chambering the other arm at his hip.

Dillman's interpretation of this same opening sequence is as follows:

The attacker throws a lead jab. In response, Dillman goes into the cat stance and grabs the punch with the hand that is by Dillman's head while simultaneously punching the attacker in the face with the other hand. Better yet, with the catching hand, Dillman grasps the attacker's wrist on two pressure points on the wrist and then strikes the attacker with a one-knuckle punch directed to a pressure point behind the attacker's ear. After the first strike, Dillman pulls the grabbed wrist down to his waist while simultaneously striking the attacker on the other side of the face at a pressure point on the jaw.

Most importantly, in his books Dillman provides the following warning to people who intend on practicing this technique utilizing the secret bunki:

WARNING: as shown, the technique crosses the head striking vital points on both sides. Do not hit these points in practice!

Let's look to something even more basic and fairly constant in Okinawan martial art styles, the upward block.

Upward block

The modern, karate-do, interpretation of this common block is just as stated by the instructor in the video, i.e., commonly used to block an overhead strike coming at the defender.

Dillman's interpretation of this blocking technique is as follows:

Application 1 - The attacker tries to grab your lapel or shirt. You catch the hand with one hand grasping pressure points on your attacker's wrist. You then twist the attacker's arm so the palm is up, and press upward (like the block) with your thumb striking a pressure point just above the attackers elbow to hyperextend the attacker's arm. During this the defender pulls the attacker forward into the arm lock by chambering the grasping hand.

Application 2 - The attacker strikes at your abdomen. You catch the strike with one hand grasping pressure points on your attacker's wrist. You then strike down onto a pressure point just below the elbow on the inside of the attacker's trapped arm and proceed with the upward arm motion. However, instead of a block this motion is actually a backhand strike to a pressure point on the attacker's jaw.

As stated above, Dillman's apparently derived his base of knowledge in Okinawan martial arts from his exposure to Isshin-ryu Karate early on in his career. Further, it would appear that the Isshin-ryu community, as well as most other Okinawan based martial arts styles, acknowledge that the bunki of the various techniques and kata do contain pressure point strikes to vital areas, similar to what Dillman has revealed.

The major question or issue that many martial artists have with regard to Dillman's interpretation of these techniques is not so much the details of the actual interpretation, but whether his interpretations of these kata and techniques can be applied in an alive setting. Typically Dillman's techniques are performed or demonstrated on his students or on other persons who are otherwise “believers” in his methods. Thus, it is common to watch Dillman or his instructors “strike” someone with what appears to be no more than a firm poke only to see the opponent collapse to the ground as if he had been just hit with a right cross from Roy Jones, Jr.

The following is typical of a Dillman seminar where the opponent gets allegedly “KOed” with a pressure point strike:

KO 1

KO 2

KO 3

Neither the body mechanics used nor the amount of force applied to the strike appears to be sufficient to render a person unconscious. Even if one were to make a giant leap of faith and disregard the empirically established reality of human physiology and the level of force that a strike must have to render a person unconscious, it is clear that the person being “hit” by Dillman or his instructors is putting up absolutely no resistance.

But, generally, what causes a “knockout”?

According to Ross Enamait:

When a punch is landed to the head, the circulation to the brain is compressed. The impact to the brain depends on the acceleration and snapping motion of the head. When forcefully struck, the head accelerates backwards or sideways. The force of this acceleration determines whether the knockout occurs. The impact to the brain is dependent on the rapid turning of the head following impact. The carotid arteries in the neck may also compress.

Also the omnipotent well of knowledge Cecil Adams, from the Straight Dope Archive, has done a bit of research for us on this question as well…

See what you make of this:

Immediately after biomechanical injury to the brain, abrupt, indiscriminant release of neurotransmitters and unchecked ionic fluxes occur. The binding of excitatory transmitters, such as glutamate, to the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor leads to further neuronal depolarization with efflux of potassium and influx of calcium. These ionic shifts lead to acute and subacute changes in cellular physiology.

After two more paragraphs in this vein, the authors (Giza and Hovda, 2001) remark, "This overview represents a simplified framework of the neurometabolic cascade [involved in a knockout]." They then launch into the non-dumbed-down version. I get the drift, but the average reader is apt to think he just got hit on the head.

Is there a simpler explanation? Sorta, but be warned--nobody really understands what causes a concussion, as a knockout is more properly known. (Just so we're clear, what sports types call a "ding," in which you're stunned but conscious, is a mild concussion.) A few basics: First, sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head seems to be essential. If somebody clouts you from above, so that your head remains stationary, you may suffer other injuries but probably no knockout. Second, strong evidence suggests that a KO requires twisting or rotational motion--one reason woodpeckers don't beat themselves silly, it's thought, is that their bills travel straight back and forth, like a jackhammer. In contrast, a boxer loses consciousness when a blow causes his brain to slosh and spin inside the skull.

Is knocking somebody out as easy as it looks on TV? If we're talking Tweety pounding Sylvester atop the noggin with a mallet, no, that's not how it works. A compact, head-snapping shot to the side of the jaw, on the other hand, might well do the trick.

This brings us back to the central question: How is it that a single blow can cause somebody to black out only to revive without apparent permanent damage (although see below)?

In a 2002 review, New Zealand physiologist Nigel Shaw rules out some of the more common theories--for example, that you lose consciousness because disrupted blood flow starves your brain of oxygen. Not possible: blood flow is just too poky to account for the near instantaneousness of a classic knockout. More likely, Shaw thinks, a concussion is a form of epileptic seizure involving massive, uncontrolled brain-cell discharge--that's where Giza and Hovda above seem to be going with their talk of indiscriminant neurotransmitter release.

Thus, it is fairly common scientific knowledge that a mere poke on the chin, chest, or neck will not cause sufficient trauma to the brain to result in a loss of consciousness.

Dillman apparently hangs his hat and theories on the prevalent misunderstanding that clouds the average person's/consumer's perception about the presence or existence of “mystical forces” in the practice of and theory behind the martial arts (when referring to the “average” person, consumer, or the general public this article is referring to those persons who have only a general knowledge about martial arts). Until the introduction of “no-holds-barred” martial arts competitions in the United States in 1993, which competitions originally pitted practitioners from various martial arts against each other, it was commonly believed that a “black belt” was a person worthy of fear because of their perceived “deadly” fighting skills. This is mostly because the American public's only exposure to the martial arts was through the wildly unrealistic and spectacular films coming out of Hollywood.

The theories proffered by Dillman with regard to the viability of performing a pressure point knockout on a resisting opponent depend heavily upon the imagination of his audience. Often times a person wants to believe that it is possible for a 5'3” 100lb woman to knockout a 6'4” 250lb attacker by simply poking him in the neck. This, coupled with the audiences general misconception as to what is physically possible and what a person is actually capable of, is fed by claims that these strikes are “secret” or “ancient” or “hidden” or “too deadly to perform at full speed”. This author has yet to see Dillman, or any of his instructors, perform a light-touch pressure point knockout on anyone who Dillman would label as a “nonbeliever”.


The most controversial of Dillman's theories on kata and self-defense concern his belief that he can harness his chi, direct and launch his chi at an individual, and knock that individual unconscious without touching them.

ATTENTION, ATTENTION Someone please call Stephen Hawking, George Dillman has found a way to defy the laws of physics without providing a complex proof that covers 6 chalk boards…

Apparently, all you have to do is believe, or at least remember to not place your tongue on the roof of your mouth or alternately tap your big toes. Please, enjoy the video proof of Dillman's miracles…

Miracle 1


Miracle 2

Miracle? No…Useful and effective self-defense option? No…A wish to not make their “teacher” appear to be a quack in front of a large crowd resulting in quasi-mass hypnosis of like minded believers? Yes…Compare the two above videos with the following…

Benny Hinn Heals The Sick

Regardless, a self-titled “chi master”, Richard Mooney, accepted the notorious Randi challenge a few years back in an attempt to prove the existence of his ability to use and manipulate his chi. Needless to say, the “chi master” failed…miserably.

The relation between one-touch and light-touch pressure point knockouts and no-touch knockouts is unfortunately easy to draw. Both relate to the alleged disruption of chi or energy within a person's body. The obvious difference is the delivery method of the allegedly disruptive force, i.e., one is a blow or touch while the other is…well…supposed to be disruption without any physical contact. The strikes used within the Dillman Method of pressure point fighting target various acupessure points that are used or manipulated during acupuncture therapy. According to Dillman,

The idea in acupuncture is that life force, or ki, must be balanced in the body. When a part of the body has too much or too little ki it can cause an illness. Ki runs through the body along paths called meridians. Pressure points are spots on the paths where the doctor can speed up, or slow down the ki.

The unsubstantiated belief behind the existence of a no-touch knockout is a person's alleged ability to harness the hypothetical energy which runs along the acupuncture meridians and be able to project that energy and use it to either attack or heal a person without touching them. Essentially, for those who remember the video game Street Fighter and Ryu's SHIRUUKEN!!! strike, Liu Kang's fireballs from the Mortal Kombat series of video games, or the fight scene toward the end of the 2006 movie “The Covenant” where the actors are tossing amorphous balls of energy at each other, those are all generalized examples of the use of chi in the context of a no-touch knockout. These fantastic images are what the general public picture when they are told by an instructor that they will learn how to knock someone out without laying a hand on them by projecting their chi. The chi-like hypothetical attacks begin at 2:42 of the following clip from the fantasy teen angst movie "The Covenant"…

The Covenant

Now that is obviously Hollywood, but yet, when “little Johnny public” is told that he can harness his chi and use it to attack someone these are the fantastic images he gets.

To date there have been no empirical studies that support the existence of chi within the human body. As you can imagine, there have certainly been no studies that give any credibility to someone's claim of being able to ability to project this “energy” out of the human body, over a distance of open space, and use it to attack another person. Chi sympathizers mistakenly find solace in that some studies have determined the existence of chi to be “inconclusive”. However, one should not make the logical fallacy of conclusively determining the existence of chi by arguing that you can't prove that it doesn't exist. The inability to prove something DOES NOT exist is not empirical proof that is DOES. Regardless, quite a few infamous martial arts practitioners have stated an ability to perform a no-touch knockout; which theory, if true, is an anomaly in modern physics.

The big question for this article is: where in Ryukyu martial arts did Dillman find support for the existence of the no-touch knockout? Some have proposed that he obtained this while he was one of Oyata Sensei's top students. However, the literature is quite clear that while Oyata Sensei was a proponent of light touch pressure point knockouts, he was not a known practitioner of the “no-touch' theory, at least not openly. Further, there is ongoing controversy with regard to Oyata Sensei changing the name of his art from Kyusho-jitsu to Ryu Te. It has been argued that he changed the name of his art to separate himself from what was being taught and marketed by Dillman, his former student. It has also been alleged that Oyata never endorsed Dillman's style, even though Dillman was introduced as one of Oyata Sensei's “top students” during Oyata's many seminars and demonstrations in the late 1970's and early 1980's. However, this author was not able to substantiate this claimed conflict between Dillman and Oyata.

If not from Oyata, where did Dillman's theories on this controversial subject come from?

The commonly accepted foundation for the development of Ryukyu arts is found in the various interpretations of the Okinawan Bubishi. The Bubishi is a compilation of writings on kata, self defense, and healing techniques which form the basis for the development of many Ryukyu, Okinawan, martial arts. There are many interpretations of the Bubishi with some asserting that the book combines Chinese White Crane and Monk Boxing systems to form a “unique improved fight[ing] method” while others state that the book is a compilation of various Shaolin styles with White Crane as the cornerstone. Regardless, the primary weapon used for self defense in the Okinawan Bubishi is the empty hand.

Various writings found in the Bubishi refer to vital point striking. The focal point of these strikes tends to follow acupuncture theories and meridians. Further, the book does reference exercises, primarily breathing exercises, which are used to develop one's ki or chi; these are called Sanchin or Paipuren, depending on whose interpretation you are reading. However, there is nothing within any of the various interpretations of the Okinawan Bubishi which describe an ability to harness one's “ki” and project it out over an open distance and affect another person without physically touching them. Given the obvious Chinese influence over the evolution of Okinawan martial arts, it should be expected that some elements of Qi Gong found their way into Ryukyu martial theory. However, while there appears to little to no mention of the offensive use of Qi Gong theory in the Okinawan Bubishi, the vast majority of references of Qi Gong theory are limited to its use for healing and resuscitation; and even that requires that the practitioner touch the person being worked on.

This leads us to Hohan Soken Sensei. Hohan Soken (1889-1982) was a well respected “old school” practitioner of Okinawan Karate-do (Soken Sensei's specific style was Matsumura Orthodox Shorin-ryu Karate-do). For a number of years Dillman has been lecturing on “Hohan Soken's Secret Notes”. The details of how Dillman came into possession of these “notes” are controversial. Some have alleged that Soken Sensie specifically bequeathed them to Dillman in his Will. Others have stated that Dillman got them second hand from a student of Soken Sensie. Regardless, it is unclear as to whether the notes were really “secret” (some have stated that the notes were simply handouts that Soken Sensie gave to all of his students and were not secret at all) and whether or not the notes actually provide basis for Dillman's fantastic (as in “fantasy”) theory concerning “no-touch knockout” techniques. However, one fact is fairly clear; Dillman was never a student of Hohan Soken.

So, are Dillman's lectures on the “Secret Notes of Hohan Soken” a clever marketing strategy that relies on martial arts mysticism, gullible consumers, and a well respected Okinawan Karateka's name to sell seats at $200.00 per person? Or, was Dillman actually the legal beneficiary of notes on “secret” techniques, i.e., no-touch knockouts, which techniques there is no record of Hohan Soken having ever espoused or practiced? Hmmm…as the saying goes, it certainly looks like a duck…doesn't it?

Further, apparently none of the original masters of the various Okinawan systems practiced anything but solid, strong, technically proficient, and physically hard karate. Neither Chojun Miyagi (founder of Goju-ryu), Kenwa Mabuni (founder of Shito-ryu), Gichin Funakoshi (founder of Shotokan), Gogen Yamaguchi (founder of Japanese Goju-Kai), Chotoku Kyan (renown Okinawan Master), Tatsuo Shimabuku (founder of Isshin-ryu), or Choki Motobu (legendary Okinawan fighter) advocated or taught no-touch knockouts.

The typical scientific theory used to explain the uncanny ability of both Dillman and his students to blow people over with a poke of their finger or wave of their hand is a form of mass hypnosis or suggestion. Simply, the student does not want his instructor to look bad and has a vested interest in these techniques working. This, combined with the gallery of onlookers expecting to see something fantastic, results in the student doing exactly what the instructor says will happen.

So, is it possible to render someone unconscious without touching them by attacking them with unseen “energy” harnessed within your own body? Biology, mathematics, physics, human anatomy and common sense say the answer to this question is a categorical “NO”. However, George A. Dillman says “YES”. What do you believe?

The Books

I read the following Dillman publications cover to cover:

  1. Tuite: Advanced Pressure Point Grappling, by George A. Dillman with Chris Thomas (Copyright 1995 George Dillman Karate International)

  2. Pressure Point Karate Made Easy, by George A. Dillman with Chris Thomas (Copyright 1999 Dillman Karate International, Publishers)

  3. Kyusho-Jitsu: The Dillman Method of Pressure Point Fighting, by George A. Dillman with Chris Thomas (Copyright 1992 George Dillman Karate International)

  4. Humane Pressure Point Self Defense, by George A. Dillman with Chris Thomas (Copyright 2002 Dillman Karate International, Publishers)

I want my money back. The only reason to purchase these books is if you happen to be writing an article on the subject. In my opinion, from a self defense perspective the techniques listed and demonstrated in the books COULD NOT BE PERFORMED ON A RESISTING OPPONENT. The kata bunki stated in the books are EXTREMELY subjective, and visually loose, interpretation of what the particular movement might be. Each kata could have a large number of interpretations and many of the strikes proffered by Dillman in the buki are simply impractical, ineffective, or outright ridiculous for use in a street fight or self defense scenario.

Most, if not all of the “attacks” which the techniques defend against are run of the mill cookie-cutter submissive karate attacks. Essentially, the attacker grabs the defender's wrist, stops, and stands there allowing the defender to perform the technique on them; or, the attacker steps in and throws a half hearted haymaker allowing the defender to perform some block, trap, or fist/arm catch and then the attacker freezes allowing the defender to perform the technique; or, worse yet, the attacker clenches his fist in frustration and rage, without actually touching the defender. In response to this imminent threat of harm the defender grabs the “attacker's” fist or arm and performs some simple, yet wholly unnecessary, joint manipulation. Of course, the “attacker” does not pull away or strike the defender his free hand.

Each of the books has a recitation of Dillman's version of the history behind the evolution of Ryukyu martial arts. The history appears to be somewhat over generalized and its historical accuracy, or inaccuracy, is not the subject of this article. None the less, it is interesting.

In today's society everyone wants a quick and easy fix for whatever ails them. In the context of martial arts, there is a definite demographic in the population that wants to be able to have super martial ability with minimal work, training, or time on the mats or in the ring or cage. This is the portion of the population which the Dillman Method appeals to, and Dillman knows it. Any martial artists who trains in an alive setting and actually pressure tests their abilities knows full well that an opponent cannot be knocked unconscious by sequentially poking three or four points on their body (assuming they can miraculously dodge the incoming jabs, crosses, straights and overhand shots to be able to poke those three points). Similarly, these same martial artists know for sure that they will not be able to project their ki or chi at an oncoming opponent and end the confrontation.

Why, you ask? Well, my friends, it is just not that easy.

Open Challenge

Ok, now I am sure that some of my faithful readers may actually be "believers" in the light-touch and/or no-touch knockout theories and practice. Some may be Dillman or Dillman affiliated students or instructors and others may be Qi Gong students or Chin Na students or students of some other style of martial arts that espouses the validity of these two knockout theories as a viable form of attack or defense to an attack. I am an open mined, but practical and realistic person; "the proof is in the putting".

I would love for any martial arts practitioner to prove me wrong by knocking me unconscious with either a light-touch or no-touch knockout technique. The light-touch technique must be similar to the ones demonstrated in the video's that are attached to this article and the force of the strike or strikes can be NO HARDER than the ones demonstrated on the videos attached to this article. Anything harder would NOT be a "light-touch"; I am sure that you can knock me out by clocking me on the button. So, a haymaker to the jaw DOES NOT prove the validity of a light-touch pressure point knockout. A no-touch knockout is self explanatory; knock me out without touching me with anything.

If you would like to prove me wrong and demonstrate that you can perform a light-touch or no-touch knockout on me, register a username and password on "" and start a new thread in the YMAS forum (Your Martial Art Sucks) addressed to me, GoldenJonas, stating that you would like to prove me wrong and we will see if a meeting can be arranged. I am willing to travel within driving distance to meet the challenge; I live in Orlando, Florida. The entire encounter and demonstration will be video taped and you must consent to having the video posted in the thread you started on YMAS. If you do indeed knock me out using a light-touch or no-touch knockout technique, similar or identical to those espoused by the Dillman Method, I will remove this article and replace it with an apology stating that I have been proven wrong and that you have knocked me out with a light-touch or no-touch knockout technique and here is the video of me being OWNED.

To those who would like to test themselves, good luck.


  • Tuite: Advanced Pressure Point Grappling, by George A. Dillman with Chris Thomas (Copyright 1995 George Dillman Karate International)
  • Pressure Point Karate Made Easy, by George A. Dillman with Chris Thomas (Copyright 1999 Dillman Karate International, Publishers)
  • Kyusho-Jitsu: The Dillman Method of Pressure Point Fighting, by George A. Dillman with Chris Thomas (Copyright 1992 George Dillman Karate International)
  • Humane Pressure Point Self Defense, by George A. Dillman with Chris Thomas (Copyright 2002 Dillman Karate International, Publishers)
  • Death Touch: The Science Behind the Legend of Dim-Mak, by Michael Kelly, D.O. (Copyright 2001 Michael Kelly, Published by Paladin Press)


  • 1 - Please note that the terms Ryukyu Kempo, Okinawan Kempo, and Okinawan Martial Arts are used interchangeabley throughout this article and refer to the general doctrine of martial study, which has branched off into many different styles, that originated in Okinawa.
  • 2 - Pressure Point Karate Made Easy, by George A. Dillman and Chris Thomas, page 22 (1999 Dillman Karate International).