The Five Animal Dim Mak form is what is
known as a “perfect kata.” By which it is meant that it is balanced
between the aspects of Yin and Yang and conforms to the Laws of the
Five Elements. First, it is a formal martial arts exercise. Second, it
teaches techniques for applying the major “fists” of the martial arts
system of which it is a part. Third, it teaches the vital and fatal
points of the human upon which to apply these fists. Fourth, that
these movements are not only martial and combative in nature, but also
are therapeutic for the associated organs represented by the symbolic
five animals, which represent the creative and destructive cycles of
the Five Elements of Chinese medicine. Fifth, that it teaches all
these things, anatomy, body movement and footwork, deadly fists and
therapeutic massage, simultaneously and on an intuitive level that
cannot be fully explained, only experienced by performing the exercise
It is the third of a series developed by Shaolin Wu-Tang Master Jerry
Cook, an associate of Grandmaster Ron Pierce for the Pierce Family
Poison Hand System.
Master Cook demonstrates and teaches the fundamental Five Element
Fist of Hsing -i Chuan. The short, rapid, linear striking of Fire.
The crashing and pounding of the wave-like Water fist. The whipping,
encircling movement of the Wind fist. The driving, hammering Earth fist.
And the twisting movements of Wood. Any one of which can be easily
learned and used with great efficacy for self-defense and good health.
And each of which follows the creative and destructive cycles of
Chinese medicine. Water destroys Fire, for example, meaning that the
Water Fist is the counter-punch to the Fire Fist, and so on through
the series. While Fire creates Earth, by making ash. Meaning that the
Fire Fist is comfortably followed by the Earth Fist in the sequence,
and that this sequence has been proven effective in combat. From these
the Five Animal Dim Mak Form is derived.
Like Monkey Dance #1, this form is considered one of the ultimate
self-defense forms in the Martial Arts. It is specifically intended
for high ranking and skilled practitioners and must be practiced
hundreds of times to be executed with fluidity, strength, and
This training manual provides a unique and innovative approach to
self-defense instruction. There are many instructional videos on the
market. But, not everyone has a DVD player. Sometimes you want to look
a detail up in a book, but it doesn’t provide enough information on
direction or is unclear in its explanation. Here the two are combined.
The DVD has only the form shown in this book. It is too short to stand
alone, since it does not explain the significance of the vital and
fatal points. It does, however, provide a demonstration of how the
“kata” or formal exercise is practiced as well as the applications of
each technique. A book, for all its detail, cannot adequately show
movement. Thus, both are necessary and form a single unit for study
and self-instruction. Or, it may serve as a reference and guide for
traditional Dojo training.
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