Podcast 15 – Tigers Claw

Dear Subscribers this is a very dangerous application and I urge you not to try it unless we know you can perform the resuscitation correctly. What we demonstrate on the film are low level attacks with this method and target... heavier applications not shown, really make people dysfunctional and ill and the longer they go without full restoration, the worse they get health wise. -ep

Here is a transcript back between Doctor Jacob McClintock and myself:

EP: Doc, I would like to ask if you could explain to people in the course maybe some of the ramifications. I will be holding the back of the neck with one hand and sticking my fingers down between the collar bone and trachea to press on the Brachiocephalic veins and or superior vena cava...possibly on the aortic arch as well.

The pressing fingers pull to one side, my guess is to tear these structures (but I will only be pressing for safety if you could call it that) would be compressed at least and torn as optimal.

Anther more advanced part would be as the person is dropping, jam a knee into the sternum or xyphoid area to impale and compress from both sides.

DR.JM: From my quick brief research on this, I think going so deep as to touch the SVC or aortic arch might lead to a dissection, which would lead to a stroke like in our rat shichen discussion. A lighter push would probably be safe, but just don't do it on your opponent's left side. You might disrupt the thoracic duct, which is the main connection of the lymphatic system to the vascular system and will lead to a chylothorax... which is BAD. This injury occurs easily and is well described in the literature with just such an injury mechanism as you are proposing. Included is a brief article describing that type of injury and how catastrophic it is.

EP: Nice, we went through it today and it worked like a charm only about an inch in. Great complexion changes, tongue dysfunction, fades to black and more. I have no doubt this would mess someone up with great intent.

Dr. JM: One half of your chest cavity fills up with lymph fluid and squishes your heart and lungs to the side, collapsing your lung on that side. Even if you relieve the pressure with a chest tube, it still drains out about 2 liters per day of fluid, essentially dehydrating you and draining out all your album (blood protien), starving you to death very quickly. If you can't somehow fix the problem, it's a death sentence even with modern medicine, maybe would take a month. Before modern medicine, would take probably 2 - 3 days. It must be a Shichen!

If you are able to injure the thoracic great vessels, it's 80% fatal. Most patients die before reaching the hospital. Also, the right recurrent laryngeal nerve would be vulnerable to your thoracic inlet attack, causing hoarse voice and shortness of breath, but wouldn't be fatal. Two articles about that. You can quote me, I just wanted to be as accurate as possible.

To elaborate more, this is indeed a Shichen of the Bubishi and one of the fatal targets of the Bubishi designated "Shichen".  The Shichen are the the deadly targets contained in the Bubishi. They are not the falsely named acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine they are real anatomical structures as mentioned above.  The points were added for those that did not know the real targets or methods of use... nor did the actualize them under the guise of "They are too Dangerous".

As with anything the real danger lies in the power of the application, the damage incurred and the lack of restoration.

The times you find in modern adaptations of the Bubishi are also misleading, as you may inflict this injury at anytime during the day.  It is my contention that the timing stamps were mis-represented (as were the use of TCM) and we must look at these differently.

I the case of this target the "Rabbit Shichen" (5:00 - 7:00 AM) erroneously listed as times during the day when the Shichen were deadly, we could look at it as deadly within 5 to 7 hours after infliction or damage occurs.

Of course all of this is speculation on my part (as I was not around during the Bubishi's creation, nor were the other authors of new releases), however it would lend itself to a far greater explanation on why these were "Military" targets, the observed times of death listed, and more realistic in documentation and high reverence by the old Bushi.

#Kyusho  -ep

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