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Pressure Point Conception 17

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For the last few months I have been doing articles on the various pressure points on the body. Today we will have a look at one of the pressure points that lies on a vessel. That is Pressure Point Conception 17. This is a HIGHLY Dangerous Pressure Point and should not be "played" with.

Pressure Point Conception 17 - Location 

The pressure point CV-17 is on the mid-line of the sternum, between the nipples, level with the 4th intercostal space. Pressure Point CV-17 lies on a VESSEL of which there are 2 on the body. This one being called Conception and the second being Governor. The Conception Vessel is the primary source of all YIN energy in the body. While Governor Vessel is the primary source of all YANG energy in the body.

Both Vessels run up the center-line of the body with their origins in the groin area. Both flow up towards the head and come together in the mouth. This flow of energy is referred to as the "minor microcosmic orbit."

Alarm Point CV-17

Pressure Point Conception 17 is also an Alarm Point. A Kyusho Jitsu Alarm Point is a special purpose pressure point on the body that has a direct relationship to the organ in which it represents. In this case CV-17 is the Alarm Point for Pericardium sometime referred to as "heart 2".

Pericardium is a "sac" that surrounds and protects the heart. It is a working part of the heart. You can read about the pericardial sac here

Pressure Point Conception 17

Being an Alarm Point in this case and its relationship to the heart also makes CV-17 a very important Dim Mak Pressure Points as it can be used for delayed death touch.

Pressure Point Conception 17 - Effects

As I have stated this is a VERY dangerous pressure points. The first reason is that the sternum can be broke very easily! Death can result from this breakage. This has happened many times in situations like car accidents.

Striking this pressure point will cause an activation of the pericardium meridian bi-laterally on the body. And it will also cause a bilateral activation of all the rest of the Yin Meridians as well. A hard strike can cause the heart beat to be disrupted, which in someone with a heart issues could be deadly. A solid strike can cause cardiac arrest.

Hitting CV-17 is a certain manner, in which I will not discuss here, can also cause a change in the functioning of the heart itself with the potential of damage to the nervous system feeding the heart. An energy strike can also damage the arteries in the area with the potential for an aneurysm to occur. 

In Conclusion

Pressure Point Conception 17

I cannot overstate how dangerous this pressure point is. It can be used for setup for many different Kyusho Jitsu situations however it can only be touched lightly for this purpose as physical damage to the area can happen very easily. 

You can read more about CV-17 and every other pressure point on the body from my boo Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy


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What Makes a Pressure Point Deadly?

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* What Makes a Pressure Point Deadly?

I have been for several months now doing extensive articles on different pressure points for self defense on the body. But today I want to answer a specific question with this article. the question is "what makes a Pressure Point Deadly?" How can someone be killed with a pressure point strike.

So let's jump deep into this topic today!

What Makes a Pressure Point Deadly - The Points

I am not going to focus on specific pressure points in the article. I wrote an article back a little while ago called the Top 5 Deadly Pressure Points.  There is nothing mystical about pressure points. They are very simply a place on the body where a nerve ends, crosses over another nerve, or branches off like a "Y." 

However because of the anatomy of the area, some pressure points are very dangerous, even deadly, while others have little to no effect at all! Today I will be explaining why certain pressure points are deadly, and the reasons why they are. This will also help you to learn to "map out" the body and know in advance that perhaps the pressure point in question might result in death. 

Where is the pressure point located?

This is the first element we need to talk about to address this question, what makes a pressure point deadly. 

We can first divide the body into 3 different categories or areas.  

1) The Head: 

* Dim Mak Pressure Point BL-10

Obviously ANY strike to the head has the potential to cause death. And this is because of the possibility of brain damage due to concussion, hemorrhaging etc. Depending on the part of the head the chances will vary greatly.  

Many of the initial BLADDER pressure points are very dangerous because they fall in an area of the skull that can be damaged with little impact! In these cases death is not so much related to the pressure point as it is to the strength of the skull itself.

That being said there are pressure points like BL-10 that can cause serious injury and death because of the pressure points association to the nerve, and the functioning of the nerve and related organs. One possible affect is the shutdown of the muscles in the area that protect the brain stem and the integrity of the skull to the spine. 

An energy strike will have other effects like those explained here

​2) The Chest & Abdomen:

Naturally when we discuss the chest area we immediately think of the heart and lungs. And the rib-cage which protects them. However here we have a host of nerves and pressure points that have a direct relationship to different arteries and vessels, as well as the organs themselves. 

As an example we can look at one pressure point that everyone is curious about. This is Spleen 21. I consider this one to be the most dangerous pressure point on the body because it servers many different special functions. 

But let's look at it purely based on the question, "what makes a pressure point deadly?"

*Deadly Pressure Point SP-12

"As you can see from the above diagram SP-21 is located on the ribs, about center of the bicep with the arms hanging. The exact location is on the lateral aspect of the chest, on the mid-axillary line, in the 6th intercostal space. An intercostal space is the "meat" between the ribs which is a hotbed for nerves!"

SP-21 is also located at the weakest point on the rib cage. A break in the ribs can of course puncture the lungs, which if not treated immediately will result in death. On the left side of the body a badly broke rib can also damage the heart or the "aorta."

Spleen 21 also has a direct tie into the Vegas Nerve, which is also referred to as the heart nerve and can therefore affect the functioning of the heart itself. This can result in a drop in blood pressure, irregular heart beats or cardiac arrest. 

If you hit outside the area of activation the result will not be as serious to the ribs themselves and will not affect the nerve.  The more accurate the more devastating the results.

3) The Arms and Legs

* Pressure Point LI-10

The final area of interest is the arms and legs. For this example we will look at Pericardium 2 which is located  2 cun below the end of the anterior axillary fold, between the two heads of the biceps brachii muscle.

Aside from tremendous and crippling pain when struck because of the radial nerve breakage or the "humerus bone" can result in damage to the artery and death resulting from bleed-out internally. 

From a purely Kyusho Jitsu or Dim Mak standpoint this pressure point is less dangerous than the ones above. However if used in conjunction with as an example LU-03 has a direct effect on the heart. There are other much more dangerous arm and leg pressure points Like LU-05, and SP-11

In Conclusion

Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

As you can tell this is a deep and complex topic.

Kyusho Jitsu study requires perseverance, vigilance and HARD WORK. Then you will be able to get a real result!

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Pressure Point LI-10 [Large Intestine 10]

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* Pressure Point LI-10

When it come to self defense the arms are critical. Often times people will think only of the head and perhaps doing a knockout. However the arms are always the first part of the attacker to present themselves. This makes Pressure Point LI-10 [Large Intestine 10] of utmost importance. So let us discover this pressure point gem!

Pressure Point LI-10 - Location & Effect

Excerpts from Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy

"One of the most popular and pressure points to access. Pressure Point LI-10 is located 2 cun below LI-11 on the radial aspect of the radius, in the extensor carpi radialis brevis and longus muscles. Located on the Large Intestine Meridian.

* Pressure Point LI-10


This pressure point can have a huge effect on the body. A strike straight down and through will paralyze the arm, and in some cases can potentially stop the Heart.

Striking upward causes a shock wave to rise up the arm into the upper body. It will cause a knock out if struck hard enough. When used with ST-09 it has the potential for a deathblow!


This pressure point will affect the entire Large Intestine Meridian, especially around the arm, neck and face.

Hence the reason that ST-09 works really well with this pressure point.


Again, when struck slightly upwards, the lower body will lose Chi and cause nausea.

I have personally seen instances of diarrhea that can last for many days if untreated."


Here is a short video with some information on application of Pressure Point LI-10

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Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

In Conclusion

This is a very useful pressure point when it comes to hands on self defense. Pressure Point LI-10 also has its healing aspect when it comes to Lung Resuscitation also!

While i can be dangerous, like all pressure points have the potential to be. This is a still a must learn for all martial artists interested in self defense

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Kyusho Special Alarm Points

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Kyusho Special Alarm Points

What are Kyusho Special Alarm Points? Today I am going to get into this rather advanced subject. And it is also a subject often ignored by most Kyusho Jitsu students and instructors alike. However this is one of the most powerful "understandings" in the science of pressure point self defense. 

But first lets lay some ground work.

Kyusho Special Alarm Points - Types of Alarm Points

There are 3 different types of Alarm Points on the body. These are as follows 

1) Kyusho Standard or Front Alarm Points - These Alarm Points are located on the front of the body, with one more or less at the side [GB-25].

There is an Alarm Point for each organ on the body. These pressure points have a special and direct relationship with the organ they represent/govern. 

Kyusho Special Alarm Points

Attacking an Alarm Point can in theory affect the "health" of the organ. Especially if there are health issues for the person in question.

Kyusho Special Alarm Points

2) Kyusho Associated Alarm Points - These are located on the back of the body, along the Bladder meridian on the right side ONLY. These points are far more dangerous, and also harder to reach. 

Kyusho Associated Alarm Points have a direct relationship to the neurological aspect of the organ in question.  A proper strike can shut down the nervous system to the organ and cause failure.  These pressure points while on the Bladder Meridian are marked by their location on the spinal column. 


3) Kyusho Special Alarm Points - These are pressure points on the body that have an underlying function that is not always apparent to the practitioner. These Kyusho Jitsu Special Alarm Points are what we will discuss here.

Kyusho Special Alarm Points

Special Alarm Points when activated affect different meridians bilaterally but also the related organs and energy sources. Here is a list of some of the most useful of the Kyusho Jitsu Special Alarm Points.

  1. LI-06 – Activates Liver and Gall Bladder bilaterally as well as affects both organs
  2. GB-21 – Activates Gall Bladder and Triple Warmer bilaterally as well as affects the
    organs Gall Bladder and the Endocrine Systems
  3. SP-21 – Affects the entire chest and back area of the upper body as well as cause an imbalance between the Qi and Blood sides of the body. Here is more on SP-21
  4. PC-06 - Weakens the area of the chest on the body making it less resistant to strikes.

Kyusho Special Alarm Points - PC-06

Kyusho Special Alarm Points PC-06

PC-06 is located on the wrist, just above the joint.  This is one of my favorite of all the Kyusho Jitsu Special Alarm Points because it is readily accessible.

To see the affect strike your partner with about a 25-30% force on the sternum. Next press on the pressure point PC-06 and redo the strike with the same of less force.

You will find a profound increase in the affect.

The increase in affect is because PC-06 weakens the chest while it is being activated. The affect will stop as soon as the pressure point is release. I have replicated this on everyone I have worked with!

PC-06 also tends to increase pain when related to any kind of joint manipulation. Having your partner in as an example a finger lock and then pressing on PC-06 will increase the pain of the lock dramatically! 

Here is a short video demonstrating this. In the video I refer to PC-06 as a setup point, which it also is!

Special Alarm Point are also tied into many other different kinds of "special function" pressure points like the following.

  • Underlying Indicator Points
  • Confluent Points
  • Influential Points
Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

In Conclusion

I hope from this article you can see the power of Kyusho Special Alarm Points.

You will also notice that I am referencing other articles on this blog for different pressure points so you will have as much information as possible!

There are 361 standard pressure points on the human body, each with their own specific characteristics!  And as you can see the study of the science of pressure point self defense is very deep! These pressure points are all referenced from my new book called Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy. I will give you more information on this below!

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Pressure Point GB-20 [Gall Bladder]

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Pressure Point GB-20

I have been remiss! For the last several months I have been doing a series of posts on the various pressure points on the body and somehow I forgot to do Pressure Point GB-20! Therefore today we shall take a deep look at this very popular pressure point.  How it works and what are the risks.

Pressure Point GB-20 - Location

GB-20 is located on the back of the head at the posterior aspect of the neck, below the occipital bone, in the depression between the upper portion of the Sternocleidomastoideus muscle and the Trapezius muscle.


A low to medium strike will cause a knockout and a hard strike can result in brain damage. Great local pain is also present with any strike. Concussions are always a risk with head pressure points.

Pressure Point GB-20
Pressure Point GB-20 Trapezius Muscle

Pressure Point GB-20 - Dangers

While Pressure Point GB-20 is commonly used for demonstrations of Neurological Knockouts there are dangers associated with it that do need to be addressed. While no where near as dangerous as BL-10 caution still needs to be used on this pressure point. 

GB-20 lies on the Greater Occipital Nerve as you can see in the diagram above. This is obviously tied into the functions of the Trapezius Muscle [Left] as well as other functions. 

As you can see from the above image the Trapezius and other muscles of the neck and back hold the skull and spine together and allow movement.

Now a light to medium strike to GB-20 with the correct angle and direction of up and across to the other side of the skull towards the face will cause a "mild" brain shock. This will result in some brain dysfunction like dizziness. 

A medium strike will cause more brain dysfunction and the attacker will tend to fall forward in a semi unconscious state. And a medium strike also has the risk of concussion.

Also a hard strike aside from brain dysfunction can cause a release of the Trapezius muscle which can result in a dislocation of the spine to skull. This is what makes GB-20 dangerous as permanent spinal cord damage is possible as well as death. 

Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

In Conclusion

While GB-20 is far from the most dangerous pressure point on the body it can be. Because of its location in the notch at the side/base of the skull it can be rather difficult to hit "well." There is a better option. 

Located about 2 cun below GB-20 is the wake up nerve. Striking this nerve bundle "in and down", into the body has a dramatic effect on the functioning of the brain without the risk of damage to the spinal cord.

My recommendation is always to, before striking a pressure point,  have as much knowledge as possible about it! Without proper knowledge there can be unintended consequences for the Uki and their health.

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Dim Mak Pressure Point BL-10

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* Dim Mak Pressure Point BL-10

As I continue to discuss the various pressure points on the body, and what their purposes can be I will address one that is not often discussed. That is Dim Mak Pressure Point BL-10 or Urinary Bladder 10. 

How dangerous a pressure point is BL-10? Proper striking methods to this pressure point can result in death! Now I did not discuss this one in my previous articles on Deadly Pressure Points, but let look at this one now!

Dim Mak Pressure Point BL-10 - Location

What makes a pressure point potentially deadly? There are dozens of pressure points on the body that can cause death. And the reason is location. Depending on the area, their proximity to the related organ, nerves and arteries.

Dim Mak Pressure Point BL-10 is located 1.3 cun lateral to GV-15, within the posterior hairline on the lateral side of the trapezium in the origin of the trapezium and in its deep position in the semispinalis capitis muscle. 

BL-10 is found just below the Medulla Oblongata, which is the lowest part of the brain stem. It is about two centimeters long.

The nerve fibers cross here, causing one side of the brain to receive information from the opposite side of the body. This is the control centre of the brain for many vital bodily functions.

Dim Mak Pressure Point Medulla Oblongata

Dim Mak Pressure Point BL-10 - Affects

What are the immediate affects of a strike to BL-10. The first thing to consider is that strike this point on the body will result in striking BL-10 bilaterally. There is no way to hit one side without hitting the other. This always increase the effect!

There will be an immediate buildup of Yang Chi in the area which results in a feeling of disconnection and that the body is being deprived of air. The lungs will work, but the feeling of lack of oxygen will make the attacker feel weak. 

Dim Mak Pressure Point BL-10

A knockout is very likely to occur also from a medium strike. A hard strike can result in death due to physical damage to the brain stem. 

However a strike to area with a Ji Hand, or energy hand can result in death without noticeable damage to the area. Ji Hands are discussed in great details in the Advanced Dim Mak Project Course

And a delayed result is possible when used in conjunction with other pressure points such as ST-09 or CV-17. However I will not go into further details on this. 

Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

In Conclusion

The first thing I will say is that is pressure point is not to be played around with.

Doing so is grossly negligent now that you are aware of the potential consequences. So why would I write about this? 

Because education is always better than ignorance! Ignorance is not bliss, and there is far too much ignorance is our world today!

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Death Touch Pressure Points

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Death Touch Pressure Points

For the last few months I have been doing a series of articles on various pressure points and different types of pressure points on the body. Today I will take a look at the Death Touch Pressure Points of Dim Mak. This is not going to be an exhaustive article. Just one that makes reference to which pressure points are which and why. I will provide references to other articles for more details.

Death Touch Pressure Points - Dim Mak Vs Kyusho Jitsu

Back a few week ago I wrote an article called Kyusho Vs Dim Mak which explained the differences between the 2 arts. Therefore I will not go back into those details. 

So what are "death touch pressure points?" The idea behind Dim Mak as explained in the articled linked above to to attack not just the nervous system of the body, but rather the "vascular" or blood systems of the body.

Therefore the pressure points desired with have an affect on the vascular system or the nerves that directly control this system.

*Dim Mak Vs Kyusho Jitsu

Now it would surprise you as to where some of these pressure points are located. With the above statement you would consider them to all be part of the chest cavity. However death touch pressure points can be found all over the body. This even includes the arms and legs.

Why is that? Because they not only tie into the arterial systems of the body, but the nervous systems as well.  The body is connected together in many ways. And therefore all these systems matter. Dysfunction in one area of the body has a affect on the entire body.

Death Touch Pressure Point Striking

death touch pressure points

In Dim Mak striking is done in a different manner than with Kyusho Jitsu. Dim Mak is about "deep tissue" strikes rather than nerve strikes of energy strikes to nerve bundles. 

The idea of deep tissue striking is to drive Ki or Chi energy into the body to cause a temporary disruption or permanent damage to the area. There are many different types of deep tissue striking tools. One of which is the "Vibrating Palm" and the others being the 6 Ji Hands of Bubishi."

All of these striking actions and methods are cover in my Dim Mak Project Courses at Kyusho Jitsu University. Now this is an over simplification of the striking.  

Sample Pressure Points of Dim Mak

Below I am going to give you a list of pressure points that are considered to be Dim Mak Points.  This list is far from exhaustive, however if I have done an article on the Pressure Point in question I will link it. 

The Short List of Dim Mak Points

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Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

In Conclusion

To study Dim Mak is a logical progress for the student of Kyusho Jitsu. They are irrevocably tied together! 

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5 Deadly Pressure Points

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Deadly Pressure Points

Well here is goes! Today I am going to talk about 5 Deadly Pressure Points on the body. I am going to exclude ST-09 & 10 as I have discusses these are several difference occasions. I get asked a lot this question "can pressure points kill someone?" So let's get down to it!

Never play with the pressure points I discuss here today. And always speak with a qualified Kyusho Jitsu teacher before you ever do knockouts or other high risk techniques. To do so without proper instruction is Gross Negligence

Deadly Pressure Point LV-14

Deadly Pressure Point

LV-14 is the Alarm Point for the Liver Meridian. This is an interested pressure point located on the mamillary line, 2 ribs below the nipple, in the 6th intercostal space.

This pressure point is 6 cun above the navel & 3.5 cun lateral to GV-14, near the medial end of the 6th intercostal space.

This is a very important pressure point because it can have many different dangerous effects. A solid strike on the left side of the body can cause the Heart to stop and the Lungs to collapse.

Vision issues or a knockout can occur from a medium strike. Serious Liver damage can occur instantly on a strike to the right side  and continue into the future if untreated.

Deadly Pressure Point GB-25

Another Alarm Point GB-25 is extremely dangerous. GB-25 is located on the lateral sides of the abdomen, on the lower border of the free end of the twelfth rib.

This is another very dangerous pressure point due to its proximity to the Kidneys. A medium strike can cause a knockout, a more sever strike can cause Kidney failure. If the Bladder is full it will be evacuated. GB-25 is also the Alarm Point for the Kidney.

* Deadly Pressure Point GB-25

This is one of the reason why Kidney punches are outlawed in Boxing and other sports. Sticking a knife into GB-25, metal to wood will result in death without even a scream. This pressure point, like all listed here are Dim Mak Pressure Points.

Deadly Pressure Point SP-12

*Deadly Pressure Point SP-12

Located superior to the lateral end of the inguinal groove, on the lateral side of the femoral artery, at the level of the upper border of the symphysis pubis, 3.5 cun lateral to Conception Vessel 2 (CV-02).

Striking this pressure point can cause immediate and severe damage to the femoral artery. The strike can cause damage to the femur at the hip, as well as damage to the hip itself. Damage to the femoral nerve can also paralyze the leg. NEVER use this pressure point as a demonstration point! Liver 12 (LV-12) is also located in the same space.

This is a VERY dangerous pressure point!

Deadly Pressure Point - TW-18

* Deadly Pressure Point TW-18

I usually discuss TW-17 as a very dangerous pressure point, which when struck hard and correctly can result in death. However this feat is not very easy with TW-17 to accomplish. Now TW-18 is another story.

Located in the center of the mastoid process, at the junction of the middle and lower thirds of the curve by TW-17 and TW-20, posterior to the helix at the root of the auricle.

This is a very dangerous strike as the brain is shocked or in other words an electrical storm in the brain. A concussion is very likely from this strike, even with a medium hit. And a hard strike can cause death. A neurological knock out will occur with a medium strike.

Deadly Pressure Point SI-16

SI-16 is in the lateral aspect of the neck, on the posterior border of the Sternocleidomastoideus muscle, posterior to CO-18, 3.5 cun lateral to the laryngeal prominence.

Striking this pressure point will often cause the person to laugh, however the possible resulting damage is nothing to laugh at! If struck on the left side of the body hard enough it can stop the Heart resulting in death. 

SI-18 Most Painful Face Pressure Points

A lighter strike can cause Heart issues in anyone with a disposition to Heart problems. Sometimes this pressure point is used in knockout demonstrations, but this is fool-hearty as death can result.

Save this pressure point for life and death situations!

Deadly Pressure Point BL-15

The Associated Alarm Points

This pressure point is the Associated Alarm Point for the heart. Associated Alarm Points, all of the them are very dangerous as they relate directly to the neurological aspect of the organ involved. 

BL-15 is located 1.5 cun lateral to the lower end of the 5th thoracic vertebra.
A strike to this pressure point can stop the Heart as you will be affecting the actual neurological wiring to the Heart.

The nerves for the Heart exit the spine at this location. This is also a resuscitation pressure point in case of Heart failure. Striking correctly to BL-15 on the right side of the body on a person whose Heart has stopped has the same effect as jump starting the Heart electrically.

Warning: Do NOT play with this pressure point!

Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

In Conclusion

I am really just touching on the potentially deadly pressure points on the body with these 5. There are dozens more to consider. Which is the reason I wrote the book Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy which I consider to the be Gray's Anatomy of Kyusho Jitsu.

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Why Are Pressure Point Strikes Painful?

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Pressure Point Strikes Painful

Why are Pressure Point Strikes Painful? Are they all painful or only a few? How do I know which one causes the most pain? How do i need to strike a pressure point to cause enough pain to be effective in self defense?

All great questions! So let get to it and answer each one!

Why are Pressure Point Strikes Painful?

Pressure Point Strikes Painful

Pressure Points are painful due to their proximity to certain nerves.

And this will also depend on how dense the muscle tissue is withing the area.

As an example, a very painful pressure point of the leg is GB-31. Let's look at GB-31 or Gall Bladder 31.

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The Pressure Point GB-31 is located on the mid-line of the lateral aspect of the thigh, 7 cun above the transverse Popliteal Artery "crease."

When a person is standing erect with hands by their sides, the pressure point is located where the tip of the middle finger touches the leg. 

There are many different effects from striking this pressure point. But we are talking about pain, so I will stay on topic.

As an example driving your knee into this point with the attacker have his weight on that leg will effectively crush the nerve into the bone. 

The brain will interpret this at possible damage to the Popliteal artery and react very strongly.

It is very common for this strike to cause muscle tears as well, due to the brains reaction.  The attacker will no long be able to walk. 

Pressure Point Strikes Painful

Are all Pressure Points Painful or only a few?

The answer to this is both yes and no. Can you think of anyplace on the body that when damaged does not cause pain? However this being said it depends on if the pressure point can be successful struck and how much protection the area has with muscle tissues and fat. 

The are many pressure points on the abdomen, in this heavily muscled area, that are not worth any attention. But where there is a strength there is a weakness. This means there will be a pressure point in the vicinity that will cause intense pain. 

How do I know which ones cause the most pain?

I have a very different definition of certain terms used today, so let's begin here. As I stated above when asking why are Pressure Point Strikes Painful we need an understanding of  human anatomy. 

As an example many martial artists refer to striking "vital" places on the body. Example are the "eyes" "groin" etc. The issue with this idea is that the brain will instinctively protect these "vital" places. And this WILL AFFECT the effectiveness of your strike!

Let's look at the eyes as an example. What happens when someone or something comes close to your eyes? They SHUT right? This protects the eyes and actually does a decent job of it. When this line of defense fails, or is perceived to fail the head will turn. 

Ex=HN-9 Kyusho Extraordinary Pressure Points

But if I instead attack a pressure point in the area, as an example Extraordinary Pressure Point M-HN-09 I will cause great pain!

The brain will close the eyes to protect them, but not defend this pressure point!

And there are many pressure points on the face you can use! All still in the area of the eyes.

So if you want to be really effective and get a great result from striking pressure points. Learn the body's anatomy well!

How do I need to strike a pressure point to cause enough pain to be effective in self defense?

This is pretty basic too! You begin by reverse engineering your martial art style or system. Where are your striking? What areas of the body?

From there you reference the pressure points in the area and what functions they have. This will give you a clear picture of which pressure point strikes will be the most painful. 

Now the answer to the direct question is, your then strike HARD, with 2 Way Action and then you will get a result!

Pressure Point Strikes Painful
Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

In Conclusion

Pain is not the only result of striking pressure points. There are many, like brain dysfunction that can occur depending on the pressure points being used.

These dysfunctions include, paralysis, unconsciousness and even death. You can learn more about which pressure point does what from my book Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy.

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Pressure Point Fighting is it Effective?

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What is Pressure Point Fighting? What does this "term" really mean? Today I want to discuss this very commonly used term that is used to refer to the science of pressure point self defense Kyusho Jitsu.

Pressure Point Fighting - Meaning

I draw a very big thick black line between the terms "fighting" and "self defense." And for me I believe this is a very important differentiation. 

The "fight" people are referring to is a disagreement or an argument that turns to violence. The cause can be many different things. However it is a lack of discipline on both parts. And it does seem to be the human condition. But when we glorify violence like we do today this cannot be a shock.

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So how is Pressure Point Fighting a things? What makes it different than any other kind of fighting?

I had to really consider if I was going to write an article referring to "Pressure Point Fighting" at all. Then after some consideration I decided to do so, hoping perhaps I can make people see this in a different light.

Today the world is all about marketing. Your data is harvested and sold by Google and Facebook really without your permission. Yes you signed a terms of service, but to understand this most of us would need a lawyer!

Right to Self Defense

Martial Arts is no different. Some of the best marketing I have ever seen is in our industry. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. As long as we question and look at things objectively.

An great example of great martial arts marketing is and was the Gracie's. They sold the martial arts world on the idea that 99% of fights go to the ground, which is not statistically true, but then creating a venue for their product to prove their claims. They became, and rightfully so martial arts icons. 

I market to the martial arts world non stop the ideas of integrating pressure points into your self defense system to make it more effective. But I do not want you to believe me! I want you to question and try it out, to make your own "informed" decisions! 

Does Pressure Point Fighting Work?

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This is a very common question, however the wrong question. And how questions are asked is very important!  If I strike ANYONE in this world on ST-09 I will get a devastating result up to and including DEATH.

Now if you refer to a "fight" once again the question really is "do I have the skill and level of training to deal with a stronger, bigger appointment?"

Now if you refer to a "fight" once again the question really is "do I have the skill and level of training to deal with a stronger, bigger appointment?"


Or in a "Self Defense" situation "do I have the training and presence of MIND to deal with an attacker?" 

Are pressure points themselves effective? That question has been proven time and time again my men and women who have been trained in their usage, who's livelihood has them in high risk jobs.

I personally have trained several military and police personnel who will confirm this claim And the ones who say pressure points do not work are those who did not do the work, study and apply the knowledge

Opinions can vary, but if you have never done the work, your opinion has no value. This is why I do not comment on combat systems like Krav Maga.  I have never seriously studied it! So how can I have an opinion? 

I do however believe that selling people "​combat" systems is a reckless idea. But that also depends on how it is promoted and if the ideal of "reasonable force" is explained. In true combat there is no need for reasonable force. 

Pressure Points Fighting - Self Defense Solutions

Since the mid 90's after being in a bad situation with a very dangerous man I began to pursue what real self defense means. And this was after 10 years of intense 7 days a week martial arts training. I could not have handled him alone. Very few people could have. 

What saved me was my "presence of mind" which allowed me to take the best possible action and let the police deal with the man. And they did. 

Humane Pressure Point Tactics - H.P.P.T

After many years of non stop study, taking courses and other martial arts from some amazing teachers, I developed what I call "holistic" systems that can be incorporated into any martial art, or taught alone, to improve the odds and your effectiveness on the street without ending up in prison. 

Back around 2009 I was introduced to a certification course Grand Master Steve Stewart offers called Humane Pressure Point Tactics. This was the BEST heads up information I had seen to date. I took the courses and certified as a teacher.

I also taught these courses non stop back in Canada. But recently I took the information and updated it. Why? Because to my mind the original courses are aimed more at law enforcement. I wanted to create something for the general public.

So what is the difference? In my systems I have added information that pertains more to the "civilian" looking to protect him or her self and their family. Not someone in law-enforcement who is looking to apprehend the assailant.

However I do use the same term, as I include all the same information, and I am a certified instructor in these courses. 

In Conclusion

Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

Do pressure points work in a fight? As long as you have done the work they most certainly do! But you must always keep in mind, win or lose, die or survive is up to the person and their training, awareness and common sense.

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