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Visible Proof In 1983 George Dillman saw Seiyu Oyata perform a kyusho-jitsu knockout. He immediately recognized that this was what Hohan Soken had done. For the next year and a half, George Dillman trained intensively with Seiyu Oyata. But it wasn’t until a session with small-circle jujitsu founder Wally Jay that George Dillman performed kyusho-jitsu correctly. As George Dillman watched Wally Jay teaching the small-circle method, he began to wonder if that same concept might put just the right torque on a pressure point to do the job. Grabbing a student, George Dillman went into the office and tested his idea. The result was his first successful pressure-point knockout. From that moment on, George Dillman’s skill and ability grew. He received a seventh-degree black belt from Seiyu Oyata, and he worked to blend the small-circle concept into his art. He found that the methods of modern arnis, as taught by Remy Presas, fit in, as well.
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Mission to Share As George Dillman’s knowledge increased, Wally Jay encouraged him to share it openly and produce instructional videos. George Dillman was initially reluctant, but Wally Jay reminded him that “if you don’t do it, someone else will.” George Dillman soon became the chief apostle for the once-secret methods of pressure-point fighting. For several decades now, George Dillman has traveled the world sharing his art. And just as his own kyusho-jitsu owes much to Wally Jay’s small-circle method and Remy Presas’ modern arnis, those two arts also have been strengthened by George Dillman’s pressure points. Likewise, practitioners of many diverse systems, from taekwondo to tai chi chuan and judo to kickboxing, have found that the inclusion of George Dillman’s method has deepened their practice. And because of this — the fact that a knowledge of pressure points improves every art — George Dillman has not grown weary of the effort. Today, George Dillman has become one of the most recognized and influential martial artists around. Although some call him controversial, those who train under him find themselves shaking their heads in amazement as they mutter, “I never learned any of this.” Because George Dillman and the members of Dillman Karate International freely exchange ideas, new techniques are continually being developed, and understanding is being deepened. The result is that more pressure-point knowledge is available today than at any other time in this century. Always Improving George Dillman continues to research kyusho-jitsu in an effort to understand it better. He’s studied the human body extensively. He’s become an avid reader of textbooks on Western and Eastern medicine, and he’s participated in scientific studies on the effects of pressure-point techniques. To further his knowledge, he’s constantly testing new concepts and refinements, and seeking out advanced practitioners of various arts to add to his own knowledge.
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As much as he loves learning, what satisfies George Dillman most is the difference this knowledge is making in the martial arts world. Traditionalists have found a depth to their kata that they never knew existed. Advanced practitioners, who thought they’d passed their prime and had nothing more to learn, have found their horizons opening up again. Pressure-point knowledge, which was once a closely guarded secret, is now accessible to any serious student. George Dillman always wanted to make a lasting contribution to the martial arts. There’s no question that he’s done just that. In honor of his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 1997.