Updated Article! Can striking a pressure points result in death? In this article I am going to address this age old question with a truthful and factual answer! Can Pressure Points Kill?
From the onset of the question there are NO PRESSURE POINTS alone that when just activated result in death. There are some very dangerous pressure points. And there are some who claim it is true, but there is much more to it then just a simple strike. And there are also other factors involved! Therefore what I am going to tell you is - Yes there are pressure points that can kill you, but NO you will not hit any by accident and get death as a result!
This we will examine today! Today May 8th 2019 I updates this post with a video.
What Pressure Points Can Kill You?
In the ancient art of Dim Mak as an example they speak of "delayed death"as a result of a strike. Now is this even possible?
Yes it is, but not for the reasons that the practitioner thinks, and there is NO WAY to predict this result accurately without knowledge of the attacker. I have a course available on Dim Mak that goes into details as to how this all works. Follow this link for more information on the Dim Mak Project.
This is an image of a concussion in the early stages. It is falsely believed that wearing a helmet can prevent a concussion.
This is dead wrong. A helmet protects against a skull fracture, not a concussion.
Now one place we can look to get a good idea of how all this works is boxing. Over the years there have been many deaths because of being involved in a boxing match. MMA is going to have a huge death and disability tole also! Now when someone is punched HARD in the head, or punched in the head at all, the brain will smash against the side of the skull. This will result in a concussion.
Now depending on how fast the brain swells, and how much it hemorrhages death can result! However the reason for death is not the punch, it is the concussion that comes because of the punch. Therefore you cannot say that a punch to the head results in death! Do you follow me?
Can Pressure Points Kill - Looking at Pressure Points
There are many dangerous pressure points! However to say they are deadly is really not an accurate term. If you know how to correctly strike one of these "pressure points"the resulting damage can lead to death. However there is no way to predict this kind of event. And death will occur for other reasons! And if the person struck seeks help from an acupuncturist then the result of the strike can be nullified.
Now everything in the body is connected to everything else. As an example there is really only one meridian in the human body. A meridian is simply a complex energy path that is created due to inductive reactance [Chi] that is association with nerve functions. These path then have predominate characteristics in Chinese Medicine and in Kyusho Jitsu that relate to an organ. The reasons are very complex and far beyond the scope of a single article. However you can certainly find this information easily.
Now if we take a look at a pressure point, one that falls into the category of "What Pressure Points Can Kill You" we can talk about GB-20 [Gall Bladder 20].
Can Pressure Points Kill - Let's look at GB-20
In this image you can see this pressure point lies on the greater occipital nerve. This nerve is tied into and protects the muscles that keep the skull in place as it relates to the spine.
A good HARD clean strike to this are will result in a knockout. The brain will shut down to protect this integrity. You can also use the science of pressure point self defense to setup this pressure point for an easier knockout.
But can this pressure point cause death?
Directly, no it cannot. However if it is struck hard enough, which will cause the muscles to fail, the resulting blow can dislodge the skull from the spinal column resulting in sever injury to the nervous system. Therefore permanent paralysis or death is possible! This is similar to a whiplash.
However death is possible but not probable! This is the reason this pressure point can be used for knockout demonstrations without much to worry about.
Can Pressure Points Kill? [Dangerous Points]
Which Pressure Points Can Kill, let's take a moment and look at a more dangerous set of pressure points. Now I always strongly advise against using these points for any kind of demonstration due to what happens to the body when they are stimulated.
This is ST-09,10 [Stomach 9&10]
You can see the relative position of ST-9 and 10 with regards to the neck and jawline. In the image below you will also notice the proximity to the caroted artery(s).
This area is governed in part by the vagus nerve. When these point are struck there is a resulting drop in blood pressure. This is called a "vassal faint" or Reflex syncope. This is a brief loss of consciousness due to a neurologically induced drop in blood pressure. This will not however cause death under normal circumstances.
However the impact can result in arterial damage and in extreme cases it is possible when the blood pressure returns to dislodge any plaque in the artery and end up causing a stroke. Therefore under training conditions why would you risk striking these pressure points? Odds are in your favor of nothing happening, but then there is Murphy's Law!
So, what Pressure Points Can Kill You? Directly there are none. Indirectly, with a deep understanding of how the body works, and serious in depth training, years of practice it is possible to have death as a result.
But directly, answering the question the answer is there are no pressure points that can kill you. If you wish this deep a skill you must do the work!
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And if you follow this LINK you can read about another Top 5 Deadly Pressure points!
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What are Kyusho Jitsu Striking Actions? Are they different and how do they differ from the standard strikes of other martial art systems? Let's take a look at this one in some details!
Have you ever seen a person who is about to strike someone? Especially if they are angry? The fist is clenched very tight, to try to create a strong object to do as much damage as possible,
You can see the tension in the fist. While is does do lots of damage. The results are much slower to appear. This only affects the surrounding tissue and not necessarily the nervous or vascular systems of the body.
Swelling does occur from the use of a fist. But it takes time. This makes it very ineffective!
Actually when you look at someone in any kind of high negative emotional state you will see them with clenched fists, and a clenched jaw too! Because of the adrenaline flow in the body, it becomes very tense, and constricts energy flow.
Even in competitions you will see this! There is a belief that harder is better. If this was the case most ring fights would end after one or two punches. But they don't, they last for a long time!
Is damage being done? 100% yes! If you were to perform an MRI Scan on someone after taking few good head shots you would see an fast amount of damage! But they keep coming. In the street that is a BIG PROBLEM!
Kyusho Jitsu Striking Actions
Therefore the importance of understanding the basic Kyusho Jitsu Striking Actions. These are all related to the elements of the body and when understood are very effective
The major difference is they are all in a relaxed state. When the body is relaxed it then projects energy. When it is tense it conceals energy. And if you understand the Yin-Yang Theories you will know the attacker conceals energy because of his emotional state!
Here is a breakdown of the Kyusho Jitsu Striking Actions
Slapping Action for Fire
Vibrating Action for Metal
Chopping Action for Wood
Penetrating Action for Earth
Grasping Action for Water
These are all pretty straight forward and not difficult to learning. Plus they are effective with or without Chi development. With Chi development is always better, but not everyone dedicates time to the work! If you are curious about Chi Development follow this link and learn more.
What makes striking actions so important? When we first begin our martial arts training our movements are very "constipated." But often times rather than going back to a natural way of moving we just keep adding power for effectiveness.
And this is not very efficient! Kyusho Jitsu study is all about "Natural Movement." Are there any hand positions or types of strikes you are curious about? Feel free to ask right HERE.
And if you would like to learn more about Kyusho Striking Actions you can read my articles on Advanced Kyusho Striking actions here.
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But yes there is more than just the Kyusho Jitsu Striking Actions. This is dependent on Chi Development, however is FAR more effective than the standard methods.
What is Quantum Kyusho Jitsu Striking Actions all about? First let's look at the most powerful of the standard Kyusho Jitsu Striking Actions. This is the grasping action of attacking water.
Why is this action so effective? The body is made up of about 70% water. The idea of grasping causes ripples in the water chi of the body, and therefore gives a strong effect as this becomes imbalanced! Think about what happens if you grasp into a pool of water. Same idea!
But what if there was a way to cause a massive affect on the water energy of the body? Create a more violent affect?
This would be done with a striking action in a WAVE form of energy, or Quantum Kyusho Jitsu Striking Actions.
Quantum Kyusho Jitsu
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For the last 100 plus years a Black Belt has been the symbol of excellence in the world. Today it still holds this very high meaning! And obtaining a Kyusho Jitsu Black Belt is no exception to this rule.
There are people who are very "negative" at the idea of people being promoted to various levels of Black Belt. The problem is however these men, and they always seem to be men, somehow believe this is a status symbol only a few should be allowed to obtain. They see it as a "touch guy" image.
They get very upset when they see people obtain ranks that "they do not believe these people deserve." Often times the comments are that this "diminishes" their or others rank and/or accomplishments in the arts. Bullshit!
Seriously guys, get some help! You have serious "self worth" issues if you believe what someone else does changes how people think of you. Plus why do you care?
Why get a Kyusho Jitsu Black Belt?
The main reason for someone who is studying the science of pressure point self defense to work towards a Black Belt is what this does to their motivations. Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom people are "goal seeking" creatures.
Animals have basic instincts that people also possess, but we also need much more! We need to have purpose of meaning in our lives. Working towards and obtaining a Kyusho Jitsu Black Belt is once such activity!
However, I must add this. You have to do the work and earn it! In the current climate people are often given things without actually having done what needs to be done. Like metals and trophies to children who lost. This does not make "strong" people! It is likely one of the reasons for the high suicide rate in the west!
The current ideology of "equality of outcome" is terrible for people! Equality of opportunity 100% yes, outcome 100% no!
Without meaning comes a sense of worthlessness, depression and hopelessness. So that being said, if you want to achieve a Kyusho Jitsu Black Belt you gotta do the work, and make the grade!
The Meaning of Black Belt
I have been asked, "if Kyusho is not a full art then why do I promote to Black Belt?" The reason is easy! People understand the meaning of the term Kyusho Jitsu Black Belt and therefore wish to excel to be worthy of the honour!
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That is a GREAT question! What are the Best Pressure Points for Self Defense? The answer is not black and white, and I have done years of research to come up with a conclusion!
So let's get into it and talk about the Best Kyusho Pressure Points for Self Defense!
Best Pressure Points- What are the criteria?
First we need to look at what criteria I used to determine the Best Pressure Points for Self Defense. Not all pressure points when it comes to self defense are created equally! There are many pressure points that work very well on pretty much everyone tested. But there "EFFECT" is minimal therefore in self defense they are not much use!
As an example, LU-8 and HT-06. These pressure points when used together will cause a release of both the wrist and the hand! I have never met ANYONE that I could not make this work on! But the problem is on the street "buddy" is gonna be punching my face in while I am working these points!
Therefore they are not the Best Kyusho Pressure Points for Self Defense!
Best Pressure Points - How did I decide?
The next question is how did I decide on the most effective Pressure Points for Self Defense?
They must have a high rate of reliability on as many different types of people as possible. I typically look for a 90% effective rate!
They must be stand alone pressure points that do not require setup or assistance from other strikes to be effective.
The result of stimulation must be predictable!
They must have a pronounced effect on the attacker, a valuable effect!
Best Pressure Points - What is a Valuable Effect?
A valuable effect is when a strike or manipulation will cause the attacker to be:
Unable to use a limb due to paralysis
Or unable to continue the attack
Without these kinds of effects the pressure point in question cannot be included in this list! Other pressure points can be used in lower escalation situations, which is not the purpose of this list. I am also excluding "deadly" pressure point because they are in a category of their own!
Best Pressure Points - Does Pain Matter?
For the purpose of learning Pressure Points for Self Defense, pain is only counted when it is high enough to override the rush of adrenaline the attacker is experiencing! Pain only matters when it is crippling!
Best Pressure Points - Easy Integration
Plus all these Pressure Points for Self Defense must be easily integrated into any root art or self defense system! The idea behind the science of pressure point self defense is not to change the martial art you currently study. The purpose is to enhance its effectiveness!
I have a new video called the Top 10 Best Kyusho Pressure Points for Self Defense. In this video I will not JUST list these pressure points but give you real information on how to strike or manipulate them.
What the correct angle and direction is. I will do into great detail the exactly how to impediment them!
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One of the best ways to become unstoppable at the science of pressure point self defense is just that. Learn as much about each pressure point as you possibly can! That is why I wrote a new eBook that is called Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy! This is truly the Gray's Anatomy of Kyusho Jitsu!
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This new book cover every pressure point on the body! With an explanation of exact location and the Kyusho Jitsu / Dim Mak properties of these pressure points when attacked.
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Do Kyusho Jitsu Secrets really exist? Is there "hidden" information out there that only a handful of people know about? The answer is both Yes & No!
One of the most common complaints I get from martial artists who have come from other organizations to join the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance is I was "not really learning anything."
That is very sad, but I cannot say I am surprised!
What are the Kyusho Jitsu Secrets?
There are really no secrets, only information that martial arts instructors tend to keep to themselves so that they can retain their positions above the students. To my mind that is the wrong thing to do, the wrong way to approach things, and the major difference between an "instructor" and a "teacher."
I am a TEACHER.
Also telling students they cannot talk to, or belong to other organizations is suicide! Your students are your life blood, you need them as much as they need you! Lose the EGO guys! Yeah, this opinion does NOT made me popular. Oh well!
Here is a TRUE story for you from back almost 8 years ago.
Travel to Teach a Seminar
I was headed to Bucharest Romania in fall of 2010 to teach a weekend seminar. As I was in the process of booking this I was approached by another group in Europe to come there the following weekend.
We talked about price and they agreed to fly me from Bucharest to their city, then return me to Bucharest for my flight back to Canada. Therefore this was a win/win for everyone. And the price I was giving them excellent! It meant being in Bucharest a week, but that was OK.
Now being that I was not very well known I was not going to command big money like some other instructors were getting. And I was good with that! It takes time to build a solid reputation.
So everything was setup, I agree to come from Bucharest to their city. But I made a BIG mistake. I did not take a deposit. I arrived in Bucharest on the Thursday afternoon for my Friday seminar. Once there I had a email cancelling the second seminar.
Now I am stuck in Bucharest for an extra week, and no seminar to teach. I have a school in Canada to run. This did not make me happy. The other group had decided to bring a high end instructor in at 3 times the price.
Returned to Canada
After my total of 8 days in Bucharest I returned home. A few days later I got an email from the guy who cancelled on me. I asked how his seminar went and he said AWESOME. "You should see the things that "Master XXXX" can do.!"
"Cool so what did you learn? Can you do this?" The answer was "well, no but he was amazing!" My final comment was, "so you paid 2000 euro plus expenses for a show?"
A few days later I was contacted by the group about perhaps coming the following spring and teaching some classes. I politely declined. I suggested he stay loyal to Master XXXX. [I will not print his name out of respect to him]
Do I keep Secrets?
The answer as you can asked my students is NO I teach everything! Why? Because first of all my teacher GM Stewart did not keep secrets from me. And I want my students to be better then me with time!
I teach everything! But when the student is ready to understand the information. And I do it for a very reasonable price. This will not always stay this way because the busier I get the more I need to chose who gets what and when.
My time is limited by the clock, and we all must make a living! This tells you that now is the time to get involved with our programs! Why?
Because if you really learn how to use the science of pressure point self defense in real life, then it is time to take the first steps. And I don't keep Kyusho Jitsu Secrets!
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Why study Kyusho Jitsu? What are the advantages to the study of the science of pressure point self defense? The truth is there are MANY reasons to do so. But today I am going to give you a list of 5 of the top reasons!
5 Reasons to Study Kyusho
These are 5 reasons to study Kyusho, but I can think of dozens. But lets start simple shall we?
It makes your techniques more effective! How does it do this? When you study Kyusho Jitsu you begin to look at how the body works, and therefore the best ways to affect the body. The neurological systems controls how everything works. Therefore attacking nerves is a MUST!
Size stops mattering! When I was young and Bruce Lee was still alive people spoke about in martial arts size does not matter. In today's martial arts competition oriented world size matters a LOT! That is because this knowledge of pressure points has been lost.
Ageless. When you study Kyusho Jitsu it also helps to compensate for aging! This one I know very well! Age and injury eventually take advantage of us all! Even Chuck Norris!
Expands your understanding of your root art. Kyusho Jitsu will also help to expand your understanding of the root art you study! There is no wasted movement in any martial art system. But if can seem like there is. That is because knowledge gets lost over time. Therefore to study Kyusho Jitsu helps to bring this back!
Understanding Kata. There is magic locked inside your Kata! But on the surface it is often overlooked. The study of Kyusho Jitsu will help you to unlock the secrets in your Kata? Why is this important? It is because when you see these things, your brain then accepts and internalizes the movement. Therefore making them, or versions of them accessible during a stressful self defense situation. Here are some other benefits of Kata training as well.
Honestly these 5 reasons to study Kyusho Jitsu are JUST the BEGINNING. These are martial art related benefits to the study.
And this is where most people start! But there are many, many more reason's
I wrote an article called Kyusho Jitsu Training benefits a while back that goes into the other reason for the study of Kyusho Jitsu.
You can read that here. Are you a Kyusho student? Tell us about your study and who you are with here in the comments.
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What are the 3 Most Painful Pressure Points on the human body? There are many different pressure points that when stimulated correctly can cause vast amounts of pain! Learning and understanding these points is an important part of the science of pressure point self defense. So let's take a look at 3 or my favorite "pain points." When understood correctly PAIN is a great deterrent in a low to medium self defense situation.
There are certainly many, many more and you can download a report with more below! But this will get you started!
Painful Pressure Points - Triple Warmer 17
The first of the 3 Most Painful Pressure Points on the body is TW-17. This is a great point which I am personally very fond of!!
It causes intense pain on about 90 percent of the people I have worked with. Those are pretty good odds too! Located behind the ear posterior to the lobule of the ear, in the depression between the mandible and mastoid process.
One of the most painful and potentially deadly pressure points. Easy to press in and seal with the finger, but difficult to strike. However, once a solid strike is made the result is devastating. As a control pressure point it is very effective!
Once hit there is a potential for a separation between the spinal column and skull resulting in permanent paralysis and possible death. A jaw dislocation is also possible using proper angle and direction. Striking this point can cause a knockout however this not recommended in Dojo training due to the serious potential consequences.
Below is a video of using TW-17 along with the "Mental" nerve.
Painful Pressure Points - Governing Vessel 26
This is another massively most painful pressure points on the human body, which is rub pressure point primarily. However you can use as an example and hammer-fist on it and hit in and down.
GV-26 is located on the inside of the upper lip, at the junction of the frenulum and the upper gum. It is attacked by pressing in and down on the upper lip, with a 2-Way Action. A vibrating side to side motion works best! Small motion while pressing in HARD.
This is a great point to use if someone gets on top of you. They will not stay there long if you attack this point! It can also be struck down which can cause a knockout.
Here is an article if you wish to read more about GV-26.
Painful Pressure Points - Large Intestine 18
LI-18 is a wonderful strike point. When hit correctly with 2 Way Action, and straight across to the other side will cause crippling pain. If the strike is of sufficient force a knockout can also occur.
A solid strike to Pressure Point Large Intestine 18 on one side will cause the person to drop down to their knees in pain. The pain is very slow to dissipate, which allows time for escape in a self defense situation.
A simple inward knife hand or "ridge" hand will accomplish this very well
Holding / supporting the neck on the opposite side with your other hand will also intensify the effect. LI-18 can also cause respiratory issues in anyone who has any kind of chronic breathing issues! You can read more about LI-18 HERE.
Below is another video example using LI-18
This is only 3 of the many, many most painful pressure points on the human body!
Are there some you find to be more PAINFUL than the ones I am listing here?
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Pressure Point ST-09 is situated right over the carotid sinus. The carotid sinus is a Baroreceptor, whose purpose is to detect an increase in blood pressure. When it detects an increase, it sends a signal to the vasomotor center of the via the vagus nerve. This initiates a Vasodilatation, and slowing of the heart rate to lower the blood pressure to normal.
When struck this pressure points is struck there is an immediate, violent and dangerous response from the brain. The blood pressure will drop quickly causing a "vascular faint" or knockout. This can be accomplished with a low to medium strike.
A harder strike can cause serious damage to the nervous and arterial systems of the area which will result in death. ST-09 is also Dim Mak points because an energy strike to this part of the system, both nervous and vascular, will cause enough "dysfunction" to result in death overtime.
Carotid Sinus Reflex:
The serious martial artist should be concerned about Carotid Sinus Reflex when it comes to this pressure point and ST-10. The effect is temporary loss of consciousness or a knockout that sometimes accompanies convulsive seizures. This is because of the power of the carotid sinus reflex when pressure builds up in one or both carotid sinuses.