Types of Meridians in Dim Mak Pressure Points:
Meridians - the web of life

Below are details about the six groups of meridians in dim mak, learn the types of meridians so you know how the body and the meridian system are affected by a strike to pressure points in defence.

Dim Mak pressure points defence system considers the meridian network throughout the body as complex and involved -- with all parts of the body interlaced with different types of meridians.

There are, in fact, six different groups or classifications of meridians that run through the body both at deep and superficial levels, crisscrossing the body vertically, horizontally and obliquely, with varying functions.

This web of meridians connects all the organs with all the orifices and tissues (including organs, bones, ligaments, tendons and skin) integrating each part of the body into the whole. They connect the upper and lower parts of the body and the internal with the external.

The network of meridians link together, ensuring that all structures and parts within the body work cohesively as a balanced whole. This is one reason why seemingly unrelated symptoms can occur when a pressure point is struck.

Meridians are grouped into six classifications or types:

  • 12 principal bilateral meridians
  • 12 divergent meridians
  • 8 extra vessels
  • 15 connecting meridians
  • 12 tendino-muscular meridians
  • 12 cutaneous regions

Pressure point fighting directly utilises points on the 14 main meridians, the group in the first classification, that of the 12 principal bilateral meridians (Lung, Colon, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, Three Heater, Gall Bladder, Liver) PLUS 2 extra vessels (from the 8 extra vessels), the Conception Vessel and the Governor Vessel.

While the remaining five groups are not directly targeted, an understanding of their purpose will give you a better picture of the complexity of the meridian system and the way in which these meridians, and the body, are affected by a strike to a pressure point on the main meridian system.

Below is a brief description of each group. A full description is available in my manual 'The Art & Science of Deadly Pressure Point Fighting'.

The 12 divergent meridians: these are vertical branches of the bilateral meridians, having both deep and superficial pathways carrying protective Chi (or Ki) deep into the body.

The 15 connecting meridians: these meridians distribute vital nutrients to areas that other meridians do not reach.

The 12 tendino-muscular meridians: circulating through superficial tissues on the body, these are directly associated with the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body, with no connection to interior organs. Their primary function is to maintain the body's stability and mobility.

The 12 cutaneous regions: these regions are areas of the main meridians that are in the most superficial layers of the skin, and as such they are the most sensitive to environmental factors and change.

The 8 extra vessels: all eight vessels gain their energy from the Kidneys and while they are classified as a group each of the eight have independent functions. Two of these vessels make up the 14 main meridians. The six remaining vessels do not have points of their own but are affected by specific points on the 12 bilateral meridians.

The 14 main bilateral meridians are the most important in terms of how pressure point manipulation can be used in self-defence and healing, the other groups are just as important to maintaining balance and function within the body.

While we focus on one set for our current purpose, the impact we make to a pressure point will have repercussions on the other groups as well, this is one of the reasons why dim mak pressure point self defence is so effective, a strike has multiple effects on multiple functions and multiple meridians, causing damage to the body in a variety of ways.

For now, it is important for you to realise that the main thrust of a pressure point strike is to ensure accuracy, that is, you must make sure that you strike at the EXACT location of a pressure point. This in turn will negatively impact on the corresponding meridian. Without this direct impact on the meridian, you will not see results.

One final thought. Pressure points are not always easy to locate on the body. Meridians are not that easy to find either. So students always need guidance. If you need help with that or if you kneed to know the range of targets and consequences, please make sure you refer to a reliable dim mak manual, such as the Dim Mak Manual, Art and Science of deadly Pressure Point Fighting.

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