Originally posted by Terry Terrell:
Dillman is a fraud. And the students that his moves affect are just training to be knocked out, not training to knock out outers.
Re Dillman, you have proof? I can verify his techniques work and work well.
For your edification, students undergo the knock out techniques, joint/nerve manipulation, etc. so they understand what they will be doing to an attacker. [/QB]
Dillman may be an accomplished martial artist, or he may not be. And there are certainly pressure points and controlling grips that can do some interesting things in the world of martial arts. But his talk of Dim Mak, and his ability to throw, stun or "drop" an opponent without touching them is ridiculous.
Here is an excerpt from a recent James Randi page:
SOUNDS LIKE A POOR EXCUSE
Danish reader Claus Larsen tells us about one of the programs in the Is It Real? series on the National Geographic Channel:
In the show "Superhuman Powers" (where Gary Schwarz and John Hagelin are also spouting their crap), there's one classic excuse from a martial arts expert and "Chi" thrower, George Dillman. After one of his top students has unsuccessfully tried to knock down [Luigi] Garlaschelli with "Chi," Dillman offers this explanation on why it didn't work:
The skeptic was a totally non-believer. Plus I don't know if I should say that on film but if the guy had his tongue in the wrong position in the mouth, that can also nullify it. You can nullify it you can nullify a lot of things. In fact, you can nullify it if you raise those big toes! If I say I'm going to knock you out, and you raise one toe, and push one toe down....I can't knock you out. And then, if I go to try again, you reverse it. If you keep doing this, I won't knock you out.
Gee, whiz...not much use for this "Chi" force, then...
So it would appear, Claus. Id never heard this variety of alibi before, but Im not much surprised by it. We at the JREF will intensively research tongue positions and toe movements to provide sure-fire protection for our readers against the magic of Chi-throwing, which I believe is closely related to bull-throwing. I suspect that almost any tongue-in-cheek maneuver will be sufficient protection.