Adherents of Dim Mak
say that its practitioners are capable of inflicting serious harm to an
individual by disrupting their qi or energy flow throughout their meridian
channels, causing stagnation of qi, which in turn can lead to injury or
The technique depends on the ability to strike precise locations along an
meridian at an appropriate time of day during which specific points are
"open" and are thus vulnerable to attack. In these circumstances, certain
vital points move throughout the day, and must be struck in relation to
their position in the body at that particular time of the day, taking into
account the circadian rhythm and associated changes in blood flow on or near
the skin surface to have the desired effect. Thus, it is an easy matter for
a novice to learn the stationary vital points, but to understand and use the
"fatal" moving points in combat is akin to a relatively inexperienced person
who can see the electronic elements in a diagram, but without the deep
understanding of what they do individually or with each other.
Dim Mak is a practice whose validity is often held in doubt, due to its
effects, use, and apparent potency.
Founded by the
late Grandmaster Chan Dau in the Guangdong province Yung Kay district of
Canton in Southern China in the late 1930s. Chan was a student of Yu Mui
(Hung Gar), monks at a nearby Buddhist monastery (Hop Gar), Jow Lung , and
Tam Sam (Choy Li Fut). He established a school in Canton and later at the
Sham Shui Po district of Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The tradition continues today in Hong Kong, by Chan Dau's son, Chan Ching
and one of Chan Dau's prominent disciple, Paul Chan in Toronto,
Canada.Some of the sets of this style include Drunken Eight Immortals and
Drunken Fan, Lohon Kau Da, Lohon Kuen, Tei Saat Kuen.