What was unique to Savelli's training was the speed with which one progressed: Within a period of three days, members of the group were able to break boards with a flick of the wrist, puncture fruit with a finer, and even, in one case, have a metal bar bent across the individual's chest. Savelli suggests that these feats are accomplished not through physical force but rather via the development of ki, or psychokinetic force projected beyond the body.
One of the first group exercises began with Savelli striking a fairly substantial blow to each person's chest. It was up to the individual to move prior to the blow landing, by mentally intercepting a command to strike before the physical strike began. If one waited until the movement began, it was too late to get out of the way.
Savelli also teaches the ability to attack an opponent by interrupting his or her mental processes. He calls the technique "The Mind Stops." This is an advanced technique in which the mind of the opponent is blocked and he is unable to effectively strike you.
Savelli says this is the technique he would employ if faced with an attacker holding a gun. Others confirmed seeing a gun wielding opponent remain still while Savelli maneuvered behind him. The attacker reported seeing nothing from the time Savelli was in front of him until Savelli struck the attacker from behind.
In working with Savelli, we saw evidence of dim mak, also known as the quivering palm or death touch. In the lore of the martial arts, dim mak is said to be a way to strike, interrupting ki, that leads to the victim's death a few hours later. The fabled death touch does not kill instantaneously, nor is it administered using great physical force.
The force applied, reportedly relatively light, sets up a vibration that interrupts ki. The individual continues to live for some time and then suddenly dies a few hours later.
The evidence Savelli presented to support the existence of dim mak was in the form of tests done on two goats. Savelli himself applied the strikes. The goats were then observed constantly for the next few hours. At the twelve-hour period, one of the goats dropped dead. The second one died approximately twenty-four hours after being struck. An autopsy was done on the goats to determine cause of death. In both goats autopsied, the hearts had spontaneously stopped pumping. Both hearts were full of blood, as if they had not even contracted at the time of death. Inside each animal's chest was an energy path that looked like an exit wound from a bullet or other sharp projectile. However, no entrance wound was found. There was no massive bleeding or damage at the point where the strike had occurred on either animal. This was the first time, to our knowledge, that dim mak was applied and observed, followed by autopsies to determine the actual cause of death.
--The Warrior's Edge , page 194-197
--by Colonel John B. Alexander, Major Richard Groller & Janet Morris
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