Review of George Dillman Seminar
I went to the Dillman seminar in Toronto last weekend. Here’s what happened.
I arrived about 5 minutes late, paid my cash and sat down to watch. The room is filled with black belts that are almost universally in ‘non-fighting’ shape. There is even a guy with a ‘Karate Kid’ style head band. There were a smattering of kids, and about 20% women, 80% men. In total there were about 100 people.
Dillman himself has a huge pot belly, skinny legs and a blue gi top with ‘www.dillman.com’ in red writing on the back.
The first 20 minutes was demonstrating how he can make someone holding his wrist let go of him by hitting their forearm in the right spot.
What we doesn’t tell (but I notice) is that he’s using the classic rotate the wrist being held and pulling it up out of the guys grip at the same time he hits. In case you’re not familiar with this technique – it works _without_ needing to hit his forearm with the other hand. The whole group breaks up and tries it. (at least those that weren’t _writing_ down this pearl of wisdom). The funny thing was, that _no one_ there had seen this simple technique before.
He then proceeds to tell us that by standing on one foot makes him stronger (chi wise) and more able to break the hold. In extreme circumstances he’d ‘suck up the wind’, which mean inhaling their chi by just drawing a sharp breath in-wards while facing them.
He also tells us all sorts of stories that make him sound impressive.
Next he moves onto foot pressure points. He tells more stories, and then gets a few people to demo on. Basically he kneels down and puts his whole weight (about 250lbs) into their foot using his knuckle between the smaller bones on the outside of the foot. Predictably this hurts, and they move. One guy with obviously almost no training instinctually almost kicks him in the head.
The group is then asked to try this on each other. It really doesn’t hurt that much.