To Whom it may concern:
As a result of training in Tae Kwon Do as a teenager I suffered a number of trumanic injuries to
my thumbs from punches that connected poorly while sparing. Recently a student, who has trouble
performing techniques without using a lot of strength, grabbed my thumb and twisted it during a throw.
This resulted in a significant sprain injury, with a great deal of pain and limitation for doing exercises
and certain types of techniques.
I showed the injury to Grandmaster Law, who observed the swelling and associated stiffness in the joint.
He also deduced that the sprain was associated with some dislocation of one of the phhalangial bones
and was not healing properly in part due to this. I am a physician and I know the usual treatment for
this kind of injury is to take an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen, to splint the joint, and then to wait
for it to heal while restricting activity
Master law instead applied steady tension on the joint followed by manually realingnig the bones end
to end (in anatomical position). He repeated this procedure several times and massaged the swollen
tissues. After about 10-15 minutes of this procedure the joint was far more mobile and the pain
reduced by nearly 90%. Importantly it stayed that way ever since, and I have been careful not to
re-traumatize the joint.
Perhaps an Orthopedic or Physical rehabilitation physician could explain how and why that
worked. But GrandMAster Law never went to medical school and treated this quickly and
expertly. I found that really quite amazing (but not as amazing as his techniques)
I feel that people should take the time to examine what Ninjutsu is actullay about and forget
the lies and stereotypes that have been cast upon this art and Grand Master Law in particular
(from the media and internet especially). They would me as amazed and I continue to be
about his skills after knowing him so many years.
M. Farivar MD