SURGICAL STRIKE CONCEPTUAL
STREET FIGHTING SYSTEM
ART OF MEDICAL AND
SCIENTIFICALLY BASED ATTACKâ
(âWHERE ANCIENT SHAOLIN SECRETS MEET
OF THE SURGICAL STRIKE SYSTEMâS FOUNDER
DR. JOSEPH F. BANNON Ph.D., D.Ch.
Synopsis by Dr. Joseph Bannon Ph.D.)
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 â 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 âstreet testedâ survival system.
This ancient Chinese Shaolin Temple based yet âNew Ageâ medical and
cyber-physiological approach to survival, was predicated on the premise that
âfailure of our mission is not an option;â and when we find ourselves or the
person that we are assigned to protect, involved in a âlife and deathâ
scenario; our response must be lightning fast; overwhelming; medically,
scientifically and tactically superior; as well as deploying counter attack or
preemptive âsurgically placed strikesâ that possess the absolute lowest
possible potential for failure. Authentic Shaolin and medical acupuncture based
pressure point fighting at its finest.
Surgical Strike: âFor when the need to survive is greater than the need to be
humane or politically correct.â
The student will learn;
understand and be able to perform:
What secret arts were really practiced at the Shaolin Temple and
where did those âsecretsâ go.
Putting those powerful ancient secrets and essences back into the
modern day martial arts.
On all accounts becoming tactically; conceptually and technically
superior to our opponent.
Sensitivity: The art of âfeelingâ an opponentâs intent
before seeing it. âWushinâ - The Second Mind.
Impact Weapons and the Filipino based âart of the anglesâ to
deploy them to a âsurgicalâ target.
Our comprehensive âarsenalâ of personal weapons and the
science of weapon / target compatability.
Strike Traumatology I: A Western Allopathic medical approach to
striking and disabling the body.
Strike Traumatology II: A Traditional Chinese medical approach to
striking and disabling the body.
Shaolin Dim Mak (Death Touch): Both healing and destruction come
from the same finger.
Black Medicine: An extension of Dim Mak and the âother sideâ
of acupuncture and pressure points.
Boa Constrictor: The art of joint locks; breaking; crushing;
pressure point; Eagle Claw and Chin-Na.
Mindset Part I: The biochemical âYangâ component of the
Mindset Part II: The psychological âYinâ component of the
Ground Fighting and Standup Grappling: The ancient Filipino arts
of Dumog and Kino Mutai.
A conceptual ânon-techniqueâ flow approach to edged weapon
attack and defense.
Firearms: Takeaways and Retentions.
Improvised Weaponry: Learning how to see âallâ objects as
Multiple Attackers: The âscience and artâ 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 âbuilding blockâ 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
The main objective of this
âattack your attackerâ training program is to give the student an incredible
array of very unique and in many cases, ânever seen beforeâ fighting and
partner/protectee rescue skill sets. In depth mindset training is incorporated
for the simple reason that; âThe body cannot follow where the mind cannot
lead,â nor can âthe untrained and unconditioned body follow where a
conditioned mind desires to lead.â Countless numbers of people including law
enforcement and military personnel have âfrozenâ 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 âmind scriptingâ and âmental triggeringâ
pre-event programming. Adrenaline and stress control drills are included to
maintain control and prevent succumbing to being put âunder the influenceâ
of our own natural drug production system. Studying countless incidents where a
person or an officer âlost controlâ in a heated situation suggests that
there is a remedy for bringing and keeping this Psycho/Narco Phenomenon under
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
âcooperating partnerâ 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 âhumaneâ and âinhumaneâ 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 âit works.â The success of the technique may never happen.
However; if a person is trained in âconceptsâ as opposed to âset
techniquesâ 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, âwe fight like we trainâ 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 âillusionary successful resultsâ that
it âapparentlyâ 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 techniqueâs 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 âconceptually.â Conceptual training affords the human brain
limitless options when under stress while maintaining subliminal as well as
conscious access to both the ârightâ (creative) and âleftâ (technical)
sides of the brain.
Point Introduction: Introduces the instructorâs 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 âconcepts rule over techniquesâ 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
Presents the Chinese Martial Art concepts of âChi Sao;â âSticky
Handsâ and âWu-shinâ (The Second Mind). This module is the foundation
of the program where all other modules are rooted from. The concepts of
âfeeling intent before seeing it;â âflowing like water as opposed to
moving like a rock;â âdeveloping intuitive reactions;â
âfunctionalizing natural flinch factors;â âadvancing an attack as
opposed to retreatingâ (Wing Chun Principles); âshifting, footwork,
trapping and double strikes, while learning to functionally and effectively
fight and operate within the intimate and extremely deadly âTrapping
Rangeâ of potential mortal combat. (Brief
Lecture â Demonstration and Hands On).
- Impact Weapons:
Presents the Filipino Artâs perspectives of âlearning the angles
before the strikes;â (There are hundreds of martial techniques but only a
very limited amount of angles to deploy them); âAttack, defend and control
the opponentâs incoming angle in order to control the weapon;â the
stick, knife, yawara, and hand all submit to the same angles â this
maintains similarity between all weapon and weaponless techniques with less
information to recall under stress; âmaximum conveyance of
energy into the opponent;â âenergy physics, fluid dynamics and
impact traumatology;â as well as strike drills with the simultaneous use
of âpersonal weapons.â (Brief Lecture â Demonstration and Hands On).
- Strike School: Identifies
the human bodyâs personal weapons as well as how to use and shape them for
maximum effectiveness in combat; âhow to âdevelopâ these weapons to
make them even more effectiveâ (Shaolin Temple Iron Palm and Finger
Principles); âstrike mechanicsâ and âwhole body integration for the
maximum generation of devastating strike power;â (Brief Lecture â Demonstration and Hands On).
Traumatology (Western Allopathic Medical Perspective): Now that we
understand how to use our newly discovered arsenal of âpersonal
weaponry;â we must now identify and learn about the strike âtargetsâ
and âhowâ to strike, locate and set them up in combat. âThe medical
implications of a strike;â âdispelling and demystifying some age old
techniques and fables;â âlearning the anatomy and physiology of the body
and identifying its most vulnerable and most difficult to defend points;â
âshaping the weapon to fit into the targetâ (weapon / target
compatibility); âSurgically and confidently striking these targets while
simultaneously knowing what medical and scientific implications to
immediately expect. (The isolation theory of âReductionâ). (Lecture
â Demonstration and Hands On).
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
âThe Two Dragons of Dim Makâ (Healing and Destroying). âDeath Touchâ
and Delayed Death Touchâ points are philosophically and practically
presented. (Lecture and âcarefulâ
- 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. âWe learn how, when and
where to âpressure pointâ strike our opponent;â âthe major Chinese
strike points;â âstriking the foot to affect the head;â as well as
strike techniques that have a âdeep energy effectâ within the body and
mind (Shen). (Demonstration and
âvery carefulâ 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 âjoint
locks;â âcontrol holds and pain compliance;â âbone and joint
breaks;â âpainful and immobilizing pressure points;â âescapes and
breakouts from holds.â The techniques and options of âripping or tearing
flesh, muscles and tendons;â âcrushingâ and âoccludingâ blood and
air circulation are also covered. The medical and scientific âanatomy of a
joint lockâ as well as the psychological principles and human motivation
factors of âseek pleasure or avoid painâ are also presented. The human
âsteering wheel theory;â âescape and submissionâ 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
âuse of forceâ options. (Lecture
â Demonstration and Hands On).
- Mindset Part I
(The Biochemical âYangâ Component): The interrelationship between
the human mind and body (Cyber-Physiology) cannot be taken seriously enough.
âThe body cannot follow where the mind cannot lead; nor can the mind lead
where the body is not conditioned to follow.â 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
âfight or flightâ phenomenon; limbic system and the amygdala organ;
adrenaline influence; âpositive and negativeâ feedback loops; increased
rates in body physiology; âtachypsychiaâ phenomenon; the positive and
negative aspects of our survival systems; killer instinct and super-human
strength; as well as other âhigh octaneâ ignition factors that initiate
these biochemically based events. (Lecture â Adrenaline Drills and Hands On).
- Mindset Part II
(The Psychological âYinâ Component): Just as a key is required to
start a car engine; the biochemical and high octane âsurvival engineâ
innately within all of us (as described above) requires a similar ignition
key. This âpsychological keyâ however manifests itself in the form of a
âthought;â âbelief;â âa psychological triggering mechanism;â
âthe human will;â and âpre-conditioned mind-scripting exercises.â
âFreezing;â the ever popular âbrain fart;â âconfusion;â âage
regression under stress;â âwe react under stress exactly as we have
previously trained;â and the âI have no idea why I did thatâ syndrome
is discussed in detail. Methods; mental exercises; auto-hypnosis and mental
conditioning drills are joined with adrenaline and âkiller instinctâ
control drills to maintain the needed balance of fear; anger; gross and fine
motor skills, as well as developing the ability to âturn onâ and âturn
offâ our high octane supercharger system at will. (Lecture
and Mental Conditioning Drills).
- Ground Fighting
and Standing Grappling: Bruce Lee stated that, âno martial art is
complete unless it includes ground combatâ (where many battles end up
anyway). Things do change on the ground and in order to survive the event;
we âmustâ know what to do as soon as soon as we land. There is also a
midway point between the âpunching and kickingâ range and the ground
known as âstanding grapplingâ or âtrapping.â This is the most lethal
range to engage in combat, yet so few people are proficient here. Again
âWing Chunâ and âJeet Kune Doâ concepts are presented to the student
for this range. âEntryâ â âPain and Pressureâ and
âTerminationâ 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
â 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
âbackupâ 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 âthe angles of attackâ 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
âphysiological attackâ and an âanatomical attack.â 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 âbleed
outâ times of each cut site. Once we become proficient at âattackingâ
with an edged weapon; we then are able to learn the concepts of
âdefense.â (Lecture â
Demonstration and Hands On).
(Takeaway and Retention): Simply and theoretically put; âwe always
take theirs and never lose ours.â But should it not go as planned someday;
we must have a âfast and efficient remedyâ immediately at hand. With a
firearm confrontation, we are afforded only (3) options; to âtactically
move towards the threat;â to âtactically move away from the threat;â
or to tactically give the illusion of surrender while looking for a more
opportune time to act. (Lecture â
Demonstration and Hands On).
Weaponry: If it fits in your hand or even if âit isâ not nailed
down; it is a weapon. âKilling someone with a pencil;â âblinding the
eye with a credit card;â âusing the pin on the back of your badge to
initiate an acupuncture session;â âstriking and crushing the throat with
your wallet or this months issue of Readerâs Digest;â âusing the
antennae of your cell phone as a deep tissue striking instrument;â and how
to access the âcreative mindâ when needed to survive. (Lecture â Demo and Hands On).
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 âgangâ and âanimal packâ
psychology and learn techniques to turn it around for our benefit. We
survive until we âterminateâ or are able to escape. We learn the
importance of becoming âmulti-task orientedâ while deploying âspread
fireâ tactics. (Lecture â
Demonstration and hands On).
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 âCarenzaâ (immediate weapon to weapon
and weapon to hand drills) are utilized to encourage the student to think
âtactically;â âcreativelyâ and âtransitionallyâ while under
stress. The âRedmanâ concept, âshadow sparringâ and âinanimate
strike targetsâ are used; followed by a psychological and tactical
debriefing. (Hands On).
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âThe Art of Medical and Scientifically Based Attackâ
Authentic Shaolin Temple
âDim Makâ (Death Touch)
Dr. Joseph F. Bannon Ph.D., D.Ch.
(Former Special Agent and U.S. Presidential Bodyguard)
The Best of the West (Modern Medicine) Meets - The Best of the
East (Shaolin Temple Dim Mak).
History of Acupuncture and Dim Mak (âDeath Touchâ and
âDelayed Death Touchâ).
Demystifying the âAncient Shaolin Secrets and Mythsâ with
sound medical and scientific facts.
What makes Dim Mak so âdeadly effectiveâ and why it was
kept a secret for thousands of years.
The same finger that heals in medicine is the same finger that
kills in combat.
An objective comparison between Western Allopathic Medicine
and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
and Yangâ â âFive
Elementsâ â âInternal
Powerâ â âIron Palmâ â âBlack
do these terms really mean to the modern day martial artist.
Do ancient Shaolin Dim Mak âimmediateâ and âdelayedâ
death points still work today?
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?
Can the art, essence, and philosophy of Dim Mak be
incorporated into my existing martial art style even though it is not a
âChinese Artâ per se?
Surgical Strike - Dim Mak â âFor when the need to survive
becomes greater than the need to be âpolitically correctâ and when
âfailure of our missionâ is not an option.
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