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(Modular Synopsis by Dr. Joseph Bannon Ph.D.)


 Dr. Joseph Bannon Ph.D., Government Special Agent and Founder of the Surgical Strike System; has developed a medically and scientifically based street fighting and conceptual survival system for members of the law enforcement; special operations (spec-ops) and executive protection communities. As the Chief of Defensive Tactics and Combat for the Department of Justice – Anti Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles, California; Dr. Bannon has taken his more than (28) years of experience as a law enforcement officer; (40) years as a martial artist; and (20) years in the health science, psychology and medical fields, and combined them together to formulate his very unique and complete weapon and weaponless, violent “street tested” survival system.

This ancient Chinese Shaolin Temple based yet “New Age” medical and cyber-physiological approach to survival, was predicated on the premise that “failure of our mission is not an option;” and when we find ourselves or the person that we are assigned to protect, involved in a “life and death” scenario; our response must be lightning fast; overwhelming; medically, scientifically and tactically superior; as well as deploying counter attack or preemptive “surgically placed strikes” that possess the absolute lowest possible potential for failure. Authentic Shaolin and medical acupuncture based pressure point fighting at its finest.

Surgical Strike: “For when the need to survive is greater than the need to be humane or politically correct.”




The student will learn; understand and be able to perform:


Ø      What secret arts were really practiced at the Shaolin Temple and where did those “secrets” go.

Ø      Putting those powerful ancient secrets and essences back into the modern day martial arts.

Ø      On all accounts becoming tactically; conceptually and technically superior to our opponent.

Ø      Sensitivity: The art of “feeling” an opponent’s intent before seeing it. “Wushin” - The Second Mind.

Ø      Impact Weapons and the Filipino based “art of the angles” to deploy them to a “surgical” target.

Ø      Our comprehensive “arsenal” of personal weapons and the science of weapon / target compatability.

Ø      Strike Traumatology I: A Western Allopathic medical approach to striking and disabling the body.

Ø      Strike Traumatology II: A Traditional Chinese medical approach to striking and disabling the body.

Ø      Shaolin Dim Mak (Death Touch): Both healing and destruction come from the same finger.

Ø      Black Medicine: An extension of Dim Mak and the “other side” of acupuncture and pressure points.

Ø      Boa Constrictor: The art of joint locks; breaking; crushing; pressure point; Eagle Claw and Chin-Na.

Ø      Mindset Part I: The biochemical “Yang” component of the “survival mindset.”

Ø      Mindset Part II: The psychological “Yin” component of the “survival mindset.”

Ø      Ground Fighting and Standup Grappling: The ancient Filipino arts of Dumog and Kino Mutai.

Ø      A conceptual “non-technique” flow approach to edged weapon attack and defense.

Ø      Firearms: Takeaways and Retentions.

Ø      Improvised Weaponry: Learning how to see “all” objects as weapons.

Ø      Multiple Attackers: The “science and art” of dealing with more than one opponent at a time.




The student will be exposed to all three modalities of learning; Visual, Auditory and Tactile. 

A power point presentation is presented to explain the theory; history; background and technical components of the Surgical Strike Conceptual Street Fighting System. The training will progress in a successive modular format where each prior module completed becomes the foundation, introduction and preparation for the next module. The connection between each module is found in the “building block” approach to effectively and efficiently learning while maintaining a high information and skill set retention rate.


Each module begins with a lecture to explain the forthcoming concepts followed by a demonstration of techniques. Once the concepts as well as the legal; safety and ethical issues are completely understood regarding the use and application of the techniques; we break up into small groups or one on one partner drills to actively experience the functional application of each concept and technique. At the conclusion of the training; orchestrated final scenarios are prepared for each student to give him/her the experience and opportunities to think under stress while making tactical choices and strategically deploying all of the options that were learned during the previous lectures; demonstrations and hands on training. 



The main objective of this “attack your attacker” training program is to give the student an incredible array of very unique and in many cases, “never seen before” fighting and partner/protectee rescue skill sets. In depth mindset training is incorporated for the simple reason that; “The body cannot follow where the mind cannot lead,” nor can “the untrained and unconditioned body follow where a conditioned mind desires to lead.” Countless numbers of people including law enforcement and military personnel have “frozen” during a stressful event or in a battlefield. There is a specific psychological reason and negative phenomenon that takes place in these type of circumstances that can be overridden with the proper “mind scripting” and “mental triggering” pre-event programming. Adrenaline and stress control drills are included to maintain control and prevent succumbing to being put “under the influence” of our own natural drug production system. Studying countless incidents where a person or an officer “lost control” in a heated situation suggests that there is a remedy for bringing and keeping this Psycho/Narco Phenomenon under control.


Unfortunately, a great amount of training either privately in a martial arts DoJo or within the walls of a police academy do not prepare the student for real life street combat. A “cooperating partner” practicing controlled defensive tactics training without the stress; resistance and variables found in the street is not the ideal method of training. The political realities that dictate what techniques are “humane” and “inhumane” are not applicable to a life and death violent confrontation; but if a person or law enforcement officer has no other options, he/she will have no other choice but to keep repeating the same technique until “it works.” The success of the technique may never happen. However; if a person is trained in “concepts” as opposed to “set techniques” with limited applications; they can then adapt a limitless amount of appropriate solutions to the problem at hand.


Nothing could be truer and more accurately stated than the old adage, “we fight like we train” and under stress the only options we have are the options that we have given to ourselves during our training. If a technique worked in the DoJo or police academy due only to set controls and a cooperating partner; a false security will be attached to that technique and we will expect the same “illusionary successful results” that it “apparently” accomplished in that very limited setting. This sets up the potential for a fatal phenomenon. If under stress the human mind has high expectations of a technique’s success because of the pre conditioned (unrealistic or false) previous results obtained in a controlled environment and those expectations do not materialize; the brain becomes confused to the point of freezing because there are no previously programmed default options to chose from. The only way to successfully survive this potential within all of us; is to train “conceptually.” Conceptual training affords the human brain limitless options when under stress while maintaining subliminal as well as conscious access to both the “right” (creative) and “left” (technical) sides of the brain.      

  • Power Point Introduction: Introduces the instructor’s biography; formal education; real world life experience; martial arts and law enforcement background; as well as the theoretical, philosophical, martial, scientific, medical; historical and practical perspectives that make up the essence and concepts of the Surgical Strike Combat System. This is where the philosophy of “concepts rule over techniques” becomes understood by the student. Single (one on one) and third party (partner or protectee) rescue applications and drills are presented in each of the following modules. (Lecture and Demonstration).

  • Sensitivity: Presents the Chinese Martial Art concepts of “Chi Sao;” “Sticky Hands” and “Wu-shin” (The Second Mind). This module is the foundation of the program where all other modules are rooted from. The concepts of “feeling intent before seeing it;” “flowing like water as opposed to moving like a rock;” “developing intuitive reactions;” “functionalizing natural flinch factors;” “advancing an attack as opposed to retreating” (Wing Chun Principles); “shifting, footwork, trapping and double strikes, while learning to functionally and effectively fight and operate within the intimate and extremely deadly “Trapping Range” of potential mortal combat. (Brief Lecture – Demonstration and Hands On).    

  • Impact Weapons: Presents the Filipino Art’s perspectives of “learning the angles before the strikes;” (There are hundreds of martial techniques but only a very limited amount of angles to deploy them); “Attack, defend and control the opponent’s incoming angle in order to control the weapon;” the stick, knife, yawara, and hand all submit to the same angles – this maintains similarity between all weapon and weaponless techniques with less information to recall under stress; “maximum conveyance of  energy into the opponent;” “energy physics, fluid dynamics and impact traumatology;” as well as strike drills with the simultaneous use of “personal weapons.” (Brief Lecture – Demonstration and Hands On).

  • Strike School: Identifies the human body’s personal weapons as well as how to use and shape them for maximum effectiveness in combat; “how to ‘develop’ these weapons to make them even more effective” (Shaolin Temple Iron Palm and Finger Principles); “strike mechanics” and “whole body integration for the maximum generation of devastating strike power;” (Brief Lecture – Demonstration and Hands On).

  • Strike Traumatology (Western Allopathic Medical Perspective): Now that we understand how to use our newly discovered arsenal of “personal weaponry;” we must now identify and learn about the strike “targets” and “how” to strike, locate and set them up in combat. “The medical implications of a strike;” “dispelling and demystifying some age old techniques and fables;” “learning the anatomy and physiology of the body and identifying its most vulnerable and most difficult to defend points;” “shaping the weapon to fit into the target” (weapon / target compatibility); “Surgically and confidently striking these targets while simultaneously knowing what medical and scientific implications to immediately expect. (The isolation theory of “Reduction”). (Lecture – Demonstration and Hands On).

  • Strike Traumatology (Shaolin Temple Chinese Medical Perspective): We now analyze and learn the very different human anatomy and medical system of the Asian Culture (Acupuncture points; Zang-Fu organs; The Five Elements; Internal energy; Pressure Points; Chi-flow and the meridians); as well as “The Two Dragons of Dim Mak” (Healing and Destroying). “Death Touch” and Delayed Death Touch” points are philosophically and practically presented. (Lecture and “careful” Demonstration).
  • Dim Mak and Black Medicine Techniques: Now that we understand a new theory of anatomy, physiology and medicine (for most); we now put this theory into the practical application of functional street combat. “We learn how, when and where to ‘pressure point’ strike our opponent;” “the major Chinese strike points;” “striking the foot to affect the head;” as well as strike techniques that have a “deep energy effect” within the body and mind (Shen). (Demonstration and “very careful” Hands On).

  • Boa Constrictor Techniques: Combat is not just limited to strikes, kicks and punches. The art of pressure and torque application is equally as important. Presented here are the Dim Mak, Chin-Na and Eagle Claw concepts of “joint locks;” “control holds and pain compliance;” “bone and joint breaks;” “painful and immobilizing pressure points;” “escapes and breakouts from holds.” The techniques and options of “ripping or tearing flesh, muscles and tendons;” “crushing” and “occluding” blood and air circulation are also covered. The medical and scientific “anatomy of a joint lock” as well as the psychological principles and human motivation factors of “seek pleasure or avoid pain” are also presented. The human “steering wheel theory;” “escape and submission” mentality; and the four energy option levels of (control; create pain or unconsciousness; break or tear; and kill) are included to give the student a full spectrum of their “use of force” options. (Lecture – Demonstration and Hands On).

  • Mindset Part I (The Biochemical “Yang” Component): The interrelationship between the human mind and body (Cyber-Physiology) cannot be taken seriously enough. “The body cannot follow where the mind cannot lead; nor can the mind lead where the body is not conditioned to follow.” One becomes the anchor which slows down or completely halts the movement of the other. Here, the student learns exactly what takes place in the body when under attack or stress. The “fight or flight” phenomenon; limbic system and the amygdala organ; adrenaline influence; “positive and negative” feedback loops; increased rates in body physiology; “tachypsychia” phenomenon; the positive and negative aspects of our survival systems; killer instinct and super-human strength; as well as other ‘high octane’ ignition factors that initiate these biochemically based events. (Lecture – Adrenaline Drills and Hands On).           




  • Mindset Part II (The Psychological “Yin” Component): Just as a key is required to start a car engine; the biochemical and high octane “survival engine” innately within all of us (as described above) requires a similar ignition key. This “psychological key” however manifests itself in the form of a “thought;” “belief;” “a psychological triggering mechanism;” “the human will;” and “pre-conditioned mind-scripting exercises.” “Freezing;” the ever popular “brain fart;” “confusion;” “age regression under stress;” “we react under stress exactly as we have previously trained;” and the “I have no idea why I did that” syndrome is discussed in detail. Methods; mental exercises; auto-hypnosis and mental conditioning drills are joined with adrenaline and “killer instinct” control drills to maintain the needed balance of fear; anger; gross and fine motor skills, as well as developing the ability to “turn on” and “turn off” our high octane supercharger system at will. (Lecture and Mental Conditioning Drills).       
  • Ground Fighting and Standing Grappling: Bruce Lee stated that, “no martial art is complete unless it includes ground combat” (where many battles end up anyway). Things do change on the ground and in order to survive the event; we “must” know what to do as soon as soon as we land. There is also a midway point between the “punching and kicking” range and the ground known as “standing grappling” or “trapping.” This is the most lethal range to engage in combat, yet so few people are proficient here. Again “Wing Chun” and “Jeet Kune Do” concepts are presented to the student for this range. “Entry” – “Pain and Pressure” and “Termination” phases of combat are covered in detail. Filipino Dumog (wrestling) and Kino Mutai (sustained biting; eye gouging and pinching) are added to demoralize and unbalance even the most proficient ground fighter. Here, we either win on the ground or create enough distance to get back up on our feet to either escape or resume. (Lecture – Demonstration and Hands On).

  • Edged Weapons (Attack and Defense): So many law enforcement officers; special operators and executive protection agents carry edged weapons as a “backup” but lack the proper training in how to use them. Here we pay tribute and honor to the Filipino arts of knife fighting; Escrima; Kali and angle training. First we review “the angles of attack” and focus on controlling angle sectors as opposed to the edged weapon itself. We see the edged weapon as an extension of the hand. We study the difference between a “physiological attack” and an “anatomical attack.” We focus on attacking body parts that will immediately become dysfunctional when cut. We review the medical cut chart and become familiar with the various “bleed out” times of each cut site. Once we become proficient at “attacking” with an edged weapon; we then are able to learn the concepts of “defense.” (Lecture – Demonstration and Hands On).

  • Firearms (Takeaway and Retention): Simply and theoretically put; “we always take theirs and never lose ours.” But should it not go as planned someday; we must have a “fast and efficient remedy” immediately at hand. With a firearm confrontation, we are afforded only (3) options; to “tactically move towards the threat;” to “tactically move away from the threat;” or to tactically give the illusion of surrender while looking for a more opportune time to act. (Lecture – Demonstration and Hands On).

  • Improvised Weaponry: If it fits in your hand or even if “it is” not nailed down; it is a weapon. “Killing someone with a pencil;” “blinding the eye with a credit card;” “using the pin on the back of your badge to initiate an acupuncture session;” “striking and crushing the throat with your wallet or this months issue of Reader’s Digest;” “using the antennae of your cell phone as a deep tissue striking instrument;” and how to access the “creative mind” when needed to survive. (Lecture – Demo and Hands On).

  • Multiple Attackers: Fighting more than one person is not fun, nor is it fair. But then again life is not fair and we must always be ready to deal with it. In theory, a multiple attack is very similar to a video game. We must simultaneously keep our attention focused on more than one threat at a time. We study the important aspects of “gang” and “animal pack” psychology and learn techniques to turn it around for our benefit. We survive until we “terminate” or are able to escape. We learn the importance of becoming “multi-task oriented” while deploying “spread fire” tactics. (Lecture – Demonstration and hands On).

  • Final Scenarios: Here the student has the opportunity to put into use the skills that were learned within each of the modules. They now all come together. The Filipino concept of “Carenza” (immediate weapon to weapon and weapon to hand drills) are utilized to encourage the student to think “tactically;” “creatively” and “transitionally” while under stress. The “Redman” concept, “shadow sparring” and “inanimate strike targets” are used; followed by a psychological and tactical debriefing. (Hands On).             

    WARNING: The techniques illustrated on this Home Page or any other portion of the Society of the Hwa Rang Web site are not intended for instructional purposes. These techniques are inherently dangerous and should not be practiced without a competent and experienced instructor. The discussion and illustration on this site and  is intended for the purpose of discussion among members who already have the necessary training experience to understand the limits of any technique discussed here. No one associated with the Society will assume liability for the mis-use or untutored attempt to apply these techniques on the another person or yourself. Our firm advice is to seek out an instructor prior to attempting any technique discussed or illustrated on this Web Page. Consult the Directory for an Instructor in your area.



    “The Art of Medical and Scientifically Based Attack”

    Authentic Shaolin Temple “Dim Mak” (Death Touch)

                                                   Presented by                                              






Dr. Joseph F. Bannon Ph.D., D.Ch.

(Former Special Agent and U.S. Presidential Bodyguard)

 Ã˜      The Best of the West (Modern Medicine) Meets - The Best of the East (Shaolin Temple Dim Mak).

Ø      History of Acupuncture and Dim Mak (“Death Touch” and “Delayed Death Touch”).

Ø      Demystifying the “Ancient Shaolin Secrets and Myths” with sound medical and scientific facts.

Ø      What makes Dim Mak so “deadly effective” and why it was kept a secret for thousands of years.

Ø      The same finger that heals in medicine is the same finger that kills in combat.

Ø      An objective comparison between Western Allopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Ø      “Chi” – “Yin and Yang” – “Five Elements” – “Internal Power” – “Iron Palm” – “Black Medicine.”     What do these terms really mean to the modern day martial artist.

Ø      Do ancient Shaolin Dim Mak “immediate” and “delayed” death points still work today?

Ø      How can the effectiveness of Dim Mak Pressure Point Fighting be applied to Law Enforcement; Spec-Ops and Executive Protection to save your life; the life of your partner; or the life of your protectee?

Ø      Can the art, essence, and philosophy of Dim Mak be incorporated into my existing martial art style even though it is not a “Chinese Art” per se?

Ø      Surgical Strike - Dim Mak – “For when the need to survive becomes greater than the need to be ‘politically correct’ and when “failure of our mission” is not an option.   


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