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Exact Kyusho Pressure Point Locations

One of the main reasons for failure when it comes to the science of pressure point self defense is NOT knowing the Exact Kyusho Pressure Point Locations. And the fact is that often times the charts you are using are wrong. You can and will find variance in charts from different countries. So how are you supposed to know? 

Therefore today I will talk about how to find Exact Kyusho Pressure Point Locations!

Exact Kyusho Pressure Point Locations - The Charts are Wrong?

Are the acupuncture charts wrong? No they are not wrong. However you do need to understand that acupuncture is an exact healing science / art. Kyusho Jitsu and Dim Mak are NOT exact sciences. These sciences of self defense are ones of exploration, not exact road maps. 

Back many years ago I was doing a demonstration of a knockout back in my home town of Windsor Ontario. I was using a teenager for a Stomach 5 knockout. But, this young man had a very unusual jaw line. He was a very heavy Fire Element person! ST-05 was not where I expected to find it! After I located the point,  before the show I discovered it hurt my hand because of the location to strike there. This was in fact the ideal place to use an "iron bone hand" but I did not want to do that! So I cheated the knockout!

The knockout went fine. But this is an important note to make when studying Kyusho Jitsu. No humane body is exactly alike. You need to study anatomy also to be able to find not just pressure points, but also how the nerves run! 

An example the nerve at ST-05 in my experience is available in at least 2 different ways. And the one I teach, for me has been the most effective place to strike. But if I send you to just a "chart" it will not be obvious to you! Your do need the charts! But you also need more study as well! Personally I also have a copy of Grey's Anatomy, and I am not talking about the TV Show!

Exact Kyusho Pressure Point Locations - The Nerves
Pressure Point Knockouts

The Exact Kyusho Pressure Point Locations

In this diagram, one I use often because I have modified it to show the pressure point, we have GB-20. The exact location of the pressure point is in the grove at the base of the skull. Good luck hitting that point well! You will most like hurt your hand doing so! The correct angle and direction is in and up to the other side of the skull. 

And YES it does work! But if you come a little downward, and strike just below this pressure point you get a better result. You are hitting the "lesser occipital nerve" very solidly. Angle and direction, you hit in and down stretching the nerve and getting a very dramatic effect on the body. Striking this way is easier, and more effective. I would still call this a GB-20 strike, but the point I strike is NOT the exact pressure point!

And we also tend to be that "area of activation" I speak of often in novice or beginner Kyusho Jitsu Courses

Exact Kyusho Pressure Point Locations - How to Find Them!

First and foremost! You do need the traditional type of Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Charts! And the great news is that I am going to give you a set of these FREE! Yep, that is right! ​Here is a LINK that you can download a set of 14 charts totally free! These are also NOT acupuncture charts, but charts specifically designed for Kyusho Jitsu!

Next build your understanding of the different pressure points based on these locations! Map them out and find the best striking locations, in the Dojo with a good partner! Also make sure your partner is learning also.  If you feel the affect of a pressure point strike it give you a much more solid understanding of how they work and how to apply this knowledge!

Plus I strongly suggest getting a copy of my video the 10 Best Pressure Points for Self Defense! People are funny! Everyday they will spend their hard earned money on expensive, poor quality coffee at Starbucks, but when it comes to their own education people tend to cheap out! 

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Pressure Point Art of Self Defense

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The Pressure Point Art of Self Defense

When I first began my martial arts training in 1984 the sign on the school I chose said "The Art of Self Defense" on it. Many years later I discover just how short the teaching were on real self defense. Today, no matter what root art you study adding "Pressure Point Art of Self Defense" will dramatically increase your effectiveness. 

Today I am going to talk about this! And give you a gift to help you get started on developing real self defense skills. 

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Understanding Real World Self Defense

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Young man being mugged in a dark tunnel by a violent man. Real World Self Defense

Are you looking for Real World Self Defense? Or do you assume your current level of training is enough? With today's proliferation of martial sport there is a dangerous illusion that has been constructed. And that illusion is that "if you can fight in a ring, or in a bar you are safe from street attacks." But the FACTS are, that this is very far from the truth!

You can be a REAL martial arts expert and master, and I know many, many such people. But their ego believes that somehow what they learned makes the safe. And the body count over the years proves them WRONG. I knew personally one such gentleman who interfered with a robbery and got stabbed for his trouble. Sadly he did not make it. Most of all his ego cost him his life! 

Real World Self Defense vs Sport

I have stated my thoughts on sport and martial arts. I am not a fan, however that is not my point here. In a ring there is a certain mentality. This is one of WINNING and doing so with a certain set of rules. Back in my day competing these rules also included certain values which I no long see today. These men and women are great athletes, but it is always good to know your limitations. 

Real World Self Defense

Real World Self Defense

This image is from UFC 131 in Vancouver BC. This might have been a great fight. I don't know because I don't watch.

However my point in the article is this is NOT what a real attack looks like. Nor does any part of this fight ever resemble a street attack.

What is happening here has a purpose and that is WINNING. On the street it is only SURVIVAL!

Winning is based on fitness levels, therefore performance and the ability to counter attack with the right move at the right time. Also the person who wishes to win the most often does. 

Real World Self Defense - Martial Arts Linage

I am very hard on my own people. There is a very BAD view that somehow or another you are not truly a martial artist unless you have a direct linage to a founder of a style, or a high name master. This is the biggest pile of bullshit I have ever seen in something that does not tie to politics. 

Martial Arts Linage

Martial Arts Linage

You cannot live vicariously via your linage! Many of these great master understood what Real World Self Defense means. However it does not mean their students do, or that the teachings still have application today! Students have a tendency to believe that their teachers knew it all! That is a very dangerous thought process!

Tradition is OK, as long as it does not become dogma. There must always be growth otherwise you are doing backwards.

What is Real World Self Defense?

Real World Self Defense is a combination of mentality and movement that provides a path to successfully defending yourself on the streets today, in a real attack. What do I mean by a real attack? When someone wants "something" from you and they intend to commit bodily harm to you up to and including death. That does not happen in a ring!

Knife Attacks

Knife Attacks and Real World Self Defense

Most knife defense programs as based on the ideas people have seen from Hollywood. Such as someone holding a knife this way and stabbing down.

This is a BIG misconception of how things happen. It is OK to train the idea, but the student needs to know this idea is fantasy!

Many of these criminals have nothing to lose, and there is no one more dangerous than someone with nothing to lose! There are so many misconceptions of really happens in a self defense situation that it is alarming. What is even more alarming is that these misconceptions are being taught as factual! Now I am not saying martial arts teachers should stop teaching the things they do. However I am saying that they need to teach the difference between technique and application.

They also need to make sure that as they evolve their techniques into application that they have done their homework!  Not made assumptions that they are right! 

Real World Self Defense Solutions

Yes there are solutions for this problem! And it is NOT the systems that automatically come to mind! Learning them is great! However you need to develop a solid foundation in real world self defense skills and then integrate it into your current system. Yes this does include the science of pressure point self defense Kyusho Jitsu. However without a solid base in your root art for self defense Kyusho Jitsu will not be as effective as it could be!

This is where I give you Humane Pressure Point Tactics. This is a 3 level system teaching what really happens on the streets and how to be safe FIRST! It deals with escalation and learning to control any situation. Have a look at the video below and it will explain everything about this new series of courses.

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Best Pressure Points for Self Defense?

Best Pressure Points for Self Defense?

Best Pressure Points for Self Defense

Best Pressure Points for Self Defense Large Intestine 18

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 Pressure Points for Self Defense!

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 Pressure Points for Self Defense!

How did I decide?

The next question is how did I decide on the Best Pressure Points for Self Defense? 

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Making Pressure Points Work!

Criteria

  • 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!
What is a Valuable Effect?

A valuable effect is when a strike or manipulation will cause the attacker to be:

  1. Unconscious
  2. Unable to use a limb due to paralysis
  3. 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!

Does Pain Count?

For the purpose of the Best 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 for Self Defense

Best Pressure Points for Self Defense

Easy Integration

Plus all these Best 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!

That is the something our teaching at the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance has accomplished! 

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And some great news! On Friday I am going to be releasing an all new video on the Top 10 Best 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! This video cover it all!

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How Kyusho Works [Pressure Points]

How Kyusho Works

How Kyusho Works

How Kyusho Works

So, how does Kyusho Jitsu Work? Today I am going to go into details on exactly how Kyusho Works, with a real NO BS answer for you! So hang on tight and lets get to the truth of exactly how Kyusho works!

The first thing I need to do is to define "what a pressure point is." Every Kyusho Jitsu teacher I know of teaches this, after which things can become confusing for the student. 

What is a pressure point?

A pressure point is a place on the body where a nerve terminates or comes to an end. Where a nerve crosses over or under another nerve.  Or where a nerve branches off into as an example a "Y."

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The Lung Meridian

So what does this tell you? It gives you a clear path to understanding "How Kyusho Works" because as I hope you see from this, Kyusho Jitsu is "nerve" strikes. For some reason today that is NOT understood and has been lost in the Chinese Medical approach to teaching. 

How Kyusho Works - Eastern Medicine

The stand approach for instructors teaching the science of pressure point self defense is the "eastern" or "Chinese" medical approach.  And there is a VERY good reason for doing this! But I will get into that later in the article. 

Kyusho Yin-Yang Theory

Eastern Medicine

However, this does cause issues! There are many people in the west, and today this is the bulk of martial artists, who blindly believe anything medical science in the west has to say today.  I call this brainwashing! Why? Because over the 50 plus years of my life their "facts" always change as new information comes to light!

The real truth is,when it comes to biology there is "probability" not FACT because ever person is different. Therefore a questioning mind is needed for anything. Because someone is a "doctor" does not make them perfect! There are great doctors, and bad doctors, like anything else is the world!

Now with that out of the way, the eastern approach which I still teach today is based on "reverse" acupuncture. Does it work? Yes it does and very effectively! 

BUT, it is only part of the equation! 

How Kyusho Works - Western Medicine

In my teaching I spend a lot of time explaining Kyusho Jitsu from the western, nerve strike point of view. A while back I had a martial arts master, who was a "disbeliever" in Kyusho Jitsu say to me, "if it is just nerves strikes why do we need Kyusho?"

The Science of Pressure Point Self Defense

The Science of Pressure Point Self Defense

I did not bother to explain it to him. His mind is closed like so many today, and I have better things to do that try to change minds.

When I teach Kyusho with references to western medicine I do so in very simply terms, that allow the student to relate to something we understand in our western cultures. Plus I also encourage them to ask their doctor about the things I explain.

Why do I keep it simple? Because it is important to relate Kyusho Jitsu with how the body functions, but students unless they are interested do not need a detailed breakdown of the functions of the nervous and vascular systems.  

Knowledge and Ego

Knowledge and Ego

I am not interested in showing off my intelligence.  I am too old for ego crap! Therefore I am interested in making strong, confident and knowledgeable students! 

How Kyusho Works - both disciplines

When it come to understanding how Kyusho works both disciplines are needed. For some people who tend to be "left brained" they need the western approach! It appeals to their logical minds.  For the person who is "right brained" this information does not help them. In fact it will turn them off! 

They need the more creative eastern approach to bring them to an understanding their more creative mind can see. The right brained person tends to see more in pictures, therefore seeing energy flow in a meridian will help them learn and apply more than thinking about the "occipital" nerve. 

Side Note
How Kyusho Works

How Kyusho Works

Let me be blunt here! Some martial arts teachers like turning off students and getting them to quit! They somehow in their myopic minds think that this makes them important! Sorry, reaching the student is the GOAL! Not making them quit!

This is why at Kyusho Jitsu University and with courses like our Kyusho Jitsu Home Study Course teach both disciplines! And this is why my success rate teaching Kyusho Jitsu and getting them to Black Belt range, and master levels is so high.

It also means I need to be available for FULL support of my students and their questions, which I am! The ultimate of this is our Coaching Program.  

How Kyusho Works - The Middle Way
Kyusho Jitsu Cycle of Emotions - Control Emotions

The Middle Way

The very best approach for the average person to learning the science of pressure point self defense called Kyusho Jitsu in experiencing and learning from both words. Focus on one without the other, until a master level is reached is a BIG mistake. 

Why? Because the goal of the teaching and learning is application!  Another big issue I see in the martial art instructors world this that their way is the only way! I have been blessed at being successful in every self defense incident I have had in my life.

What is success? I am still here! However I do know that what works for one may not work for another. Therefore a broad range of teaching is required! Every student is different and systems needs to be in place to help them all reach success. 

How Kyusho Works?

It works by striking or manipulating a pressure point or nerve on the body. The over-stimulation causes a, what is hope, is a predictable result in the humane body. Causing unconsciousness or paralysis in a limb, drop or blood pressure etc....

When incorporated into a martial art style or system it can increase the effectiveness of the art thereby increasing the odds of success in an altercation.

In conclusion today I want to leave you with a thought. When you are communicating with anyone, always assume they have something to teach you. It might be something to do, or something not to do. But everyone has something to teach you! 

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Science of Pressure Point Self Defense

Science of Pressure Point Self Defense

The Science of Pressure Point Self Defense

The Science of Pressure Point Self Defense

What do I mean when I say the Science of Pressure Point Self Defense? First I need to define the word science.

Science [Noun]

  1. The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.
  2. Such activities restricted to a class of natural phenomena.
  3. Such activities applied to an object of inquiry or study.

Do you notice that nowhere in the definition does it refer to any FACT?

Today science, mainstream science has become a political ideology almost like a religion and that is NOT in anyway the definition of the word. Words have meaning, and you cannot just change them to suit your beliefs.

Now that the rant is out of the way!

How do we approach Kyusho Jitsu as a science?  This is done by experimenting with many different volunteers, of every imaginable body type, and trying to find pressure points, and methods of applying them that give a predictable result.  I consider anything over 85% to be pretty dependable.

Therefore I use this as the benchmark. 

The result of pressure point activation can be as follows:

Stimulation of activation of the pressure point will likely cause.

  • Pain
  • Weakness in the body
  • Unconsciousness

This is all we really need to work about!

Why 85%?

The reason I look for a 85% benchmark for a pressure point working is because these are pretty good odds of success! Nothing is 100%. It is not possible because there are 2 many variables!

As an example if I look at myself. For some ODD and unknown reason I have a VERY high pain tolerance. I have had multiple surgeries due to injury and NEVER take any pain medications. Not even over the counter aspirin.  These injuries include the following.

After Forklift Accident - Achilles tendon

After Forklift Accident - Achilles tendon

  • Was hit by a forklift at Chrysler in 2002 that tore me, from ankle to ankle. Requiring dozens of stitches and a resulting rupture to the Achilles tendon. 
  • Broke Bicep tendon and surgical reattachment. 
  • Torn knee cartilage
  • Torn / severed hamstring muscle
  • Multiple concussions.

So there are a lot of things because of this tolerance that do not work on me. However many of the pressure points I teach do work, but not necessarily from the pain aspect! But they do cause a weakness!

Science of Pressure Point Self Defense
Large Intestine 18

Large Intestine 18

Large Intestine 18 is a strike point that has a better then 85% success rate on everyone we have tried it on.

This pressure point can also when hit correctly and with enough force cause a Neurological Knockout

So I am sure you can now see, the study of Kyusho Jitsu is indeed a science.  And we are honest enough to report the real findings, not making them up! 

Pressure Point study, along with a SOLID self defense martial art system is a game changer!  But again I must stress there is study and work that must be done! I also do not insist that people take my findings as gospel! 

You should do the work yourself and find you own results. And I encourage this! If by some chance you are looking for a self defense system based on Kyusho Jitsu follow this link

FACT - Self Defense is Neurological

Yes it is true, it is a FACT. And there are very few FACTS. Many martial artist these days love to ridicule things that do not understand, and the science of pressure point self defense is one of those! 

So what do I mean?

Well if you punch someone in the face really hard, the resulting pain is neurological. If they receive a concussion, which is swelling of the brain, that can result in sever headache, unconsciousness and even death. This is also neurological!

Concussion

Concussion

So why would you not study the human nervous system to utilize this and optimize your techniques? OK, then this makes sense right? Well a "Pressure Point" is a place on the body where a "nerve ends" or crosses another nerve. it is also a place where a nerve branches into a "Y."

So why are you not studying this?? Especially when it will help you get the results you want, more effectively and more efficiently! 

The main reason many people do not study the science of pressure point self defense called Kyusho Jitsu is because there are so many instructors who DO NOT KNOW because they did not study it, who give opinions that simply not valid!

And believe me there are thousands of them! Also students are often worried about what these closed minded instructors will say! If you have one of these instructors, time to move on to someone still open to learning!

NO ONE knows everything.
And the ones who insist they do usually know the least!

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Do Kyusho Jitsu Secrets Exist?

Kyusho Jitsu Secrets

Kyusho Jitsu Secrets

Kyusho Jitsu Secrets

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?
Kyusho Jitsu Secrets

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
Master Curt Mason - Humane Pressure Point Tactics Windsor

Master Curt Mason - Humane Pressure Point Tactics Windsor

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

Teaching at a Kyusho Seminar for Steve Stewart London On 2010.

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 thing 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?
Kyusho Jitsu Seminars

Kyusho Jitsu Seminars

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!

Full Kyusho Jitsu Education

Are you interested in getting a REAL and COMPLETE Kyusho Jitsu Education? One with full support to answer all your questions? Perhaps you would like to teach the science of pressure point self defense also?

I have a few different options for you! We do have FULL Online Courses you can read all about from this link. They are high level courses at Kyusho Jitsu University. Have a look and read the course outline. Follow this link now!

Your second option is our DOWNLOADABLE courses. We have one for students and another for becoming a Certified Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance Teacher

Right now the price to get stated and certify is ridiculously low! But it is not going to stay that way! Read more about each course from below!

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Kyusho Pressure Point Activation

Kyusho Pressure Point Activation

Kyusho Pressure Point Activation

Kyusho Pressure Point Activation - Heart Meridian

I was searching on Google today and saw the question about Kyusho Pressure Point Activation. So I decided it is a good time to address this one! 

What is a Pressure Point?

First I need to start here. What is a pressure point? A pressure point is a place on the body where a nerve come to an end, where it branches off in a "Y." Also where is "X's" another nerve.  The "old timers" called them nerve strikes. And I guess you can see why!

Kyusho Pressure Point Activation

When a pressure point is activated the associated meridian to the point is also activated. This can last anywhere from a few minutes to 20 minutes. Depending on if the pressure point is hit correctly, and with enough FORCE

The harder and cleaner you hit, the better the result! Note I said NOTHING about "light touch." I really don't know where people get the idea of "light touch."  When working with a partner you don't hit them hard, because they won't be able to continue if you do! 

Common sense!

Angle and Direction
Kyusho Pressure Point Activation

Kyusho Pressure Point Activation

Every pressure point is hit or attacked at a 45 degree angle.  I cannot in a single article address "direction" for every point because they are all in many ways different. However as an example LI-10 [Large Intestine 10] is hit "through" to the other side, at a 45 degree angle, using 2 Way Action.

What is 2 Way Action?

2 Way Action, also referred to as complex motion is the reason, the discovery that make the science of pressure point self defense work! Without a solid understanding of 2 Way Action none of this will be effective. But the great news is that this motion is natural, and once internalized becomes like breathing. 

Watch this video for exact details on 2 way Action!

The sound is a little bit "buzzy" due to lighting issues in the room. But it gets the point across well! 

Pressure Point Kyusho Study

There is a lot of information to learn in Kyusho Jitsu. Study skills become critical for success. This was one of the barriers I had to conquer when I began. I had been out of school a long time! This was the reason I wrote my first book, the Novice Kyusho Jitsu Certification Workbook. It was to help organize the study so my students would succeed!

Back last fall, once again in an attempt to help students learn and master Kyusho Jitsu, I began a new project. This is the BIGGEST project I have ever done and it is far from complete yet!

That is the Encyclopedia of Kyusho Jitsu! You can read all about it from the link below!

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Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Let's talk today in depth about Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense. First I want to break up the term and clearly define it.

What is Kyusho Jitsu?
Referencing Kyusho Jitsu

Referencing Kyusho Jitsu

First and foremost, Kyusho Jitsu is NOT a martial art in of itself. It is the study of the pressure point system of the human body and how best to take advantage of the weaknesses of this system. It exists in every martial art but the information is either not taught, or not taught properly. This will result in ineffective self defense techniques. Here is the link to an article with more details on Kyusho Jitsu and its definition. 

What are Pressure Points?
Large Intestine 18

Large Intestine 18

A pressure point is a place on the body where a nerve ends, branches off in a "Y" shape or crosses over another nerve. There are 350 plus pressure points on the human body. The actual size of a pressure point is that of the head of a pin. However the area of activation is the size of a Silver Dollar or Looney in Canada. Here is an article to Pressure Point Basics to help detail this information more for you. 

What is Self Defense

Here is a definition that many martial artists seem to have a problem with. So now lets look at the role of Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense and a real definition. 

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Young man being mugged in a dark tunnel by a violent man

You will see a lot of negative comments from tough guys about the effectiveness of martial arts in general in a self defense situation. Why is this? Because for some reason these men believe that combat and a combative lifestyle are somehow linked to their manhood. 

When you have been in "more fights that you can remember" you are doing something serious wrong. This is NOT self defense. You have chosen to live a self destructive combat oriented lifestyle that will ultimately lead to your death. This can also be linked to several serious mental disorders.

But they are correct, martial arts will not work for them, and perhaps rather then die by the sword, they should seek some help. Unless you are police or military you should not be doing this! 

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense is about protecting yourself and your family from ATTACK by someone who wishes to do you harm. It is not an engagement in a bar, but it can happen there. And it is NEVER about you bragging about your skills and getting in a fight. 

Self Defense is the use of reasonable force to end a conflict, and then turn the issue over to those who are mentally and physically prepared to deal with things, LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Defend yourself with the idea of getting out of dodge. It is NOT about ULTIMATE victory! Showing your amazing skills and doing untold damage to someone, then dealing with the legal repercussions of doing so. And of course retribution.

That is childish high-school thinking!  I know 3 men from my High School now gone because they were this stupid and believed they were tough guys. 

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

So what is it I am teaching when I refer to Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense? Obviously I am teaching the correct way in which to attack a pressure point on the body to get the best possible result. Therefore ending the THREAT

Understanding Self Defense Today

Understanding Self Defense Today

However at Kyusho Jitsu University we are doing more than this. We have course coming that assume no martial arts training and teach specific techniques to help deal with threats. 

But also these courses will...

  1. Teach you to identify a potential threat before it escalates.
  2. Use verbal skills to defuse the situation before the first punch is thrown.
  3. Situational awareness, understanding and using the environment to help keep you safe.
  4. And a lot more!

This is what self defense is! The best self defense is never using it! As the quote goes "chance favors the prepared mind."

Humane Pressure Point Tactics
Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

This leads me to our new course at Kyusho Jitsu University. To my mind this is one of the most important course we have ever produced.  It is for the martial artist and non martial artist who wished to develop skills to deal with the chaos of today's increasing violent word.

For the martial artist this is very important.  As this is a certification course and I encourage the graduates to go out in the real world and teach the content of these 3 courses. 

H.P.P.T Humane Pressure Point Tactics

H.P.P.T Humane Pressure Point Tactics

I encourage those not in the martial arts to learn and develop these skills to help assure your safety in this crazy violent world! Right now I am offering these courses for anyone who preregisters for an incredibly low price.

Upon speaking with my mentors and family these courses upon release will be $249 each! However if you preregister NOW you can get each course for $29! Follow the link below and learn all the details of the price and how it works!

This offer can and will end without notice! Don't wait!

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Self Defense Techniques Using Pressure Points

Self Defense Techniques

Self Defense Techniques

Self Defense Techniques

When it comes to Self Defense Techniques using Pressure Points you can get a very solid result. That is providing you understand how things work. Often time I will see martial art teachers made big mistakes when it come to teaching self defense techniques, and adding pressure points to it.

Recently I watched part of a seminar for local law enforcement in which pressure points were badly misused. The 1st issue I had with what was being taught was the defender stepping forward into the punch. BAD IDEA. There is a time to step in and this was not the time. 

Next a "neck pressure point" was grabbed, however the teacher did not know the name of the point, nor was it attacked correctly. The pressure point in question was SI-16 [small intestine 16]. This is best a strike point. Yes the technique hurt! But under adrenaline this would not have been anywhere near as painful, because it is the wrong way to attack the point. 

Small Intestine Meridian

Small Intestine Meridian

Second and most important! The attacker has 2 hands and you are now within grabbing range, and no options to get out!  Perhaps this man could pull this off himself, but my issue is it is begin taught as "correct."

There are many things I can do, but I would not teach these as some kind of "fact" of self defense.

Proper Pressure Point Usage

When adding pressure points to self defense techniques you gotta do it right! As an example let's say you are teaching a center lock. If the student knows the center lock, and you wish to add Kyusho Jitsu knowledge to it. Then it takes time to change the understanding. If they have never seen the lock before, it becomes easier obviously.

Next you need to make sure you understand the pressure points "universal effectiveness." What percentage of people does this work on? 

Here is an example of adding pressure points to a "lock." This is a "Z" lock in this case.

There are also variations of this. But you will get the result! However, the technique itself must be fully understood and internalized. Then you can make it work. You also MUST understand the escalation level for such a technique!

Self Defense done RIGHT

There is a lot of information out in the wild on self defense. But in my view a lot of it falls short of getting the job done! And a lot of it will just get you killed! There are things you need to understand, and then ways in which you must proceed!

What you must know!

  1. You must know what the THREAT level is for the incident at hand. This cannot be an "I can handle it" moment in your life. This can get you killed!
  2. How to position yourself to cut the threat! The high percent of attacks begin with an "interview." You need to see this happening and respond to it! 
  3. How to preemptively handle the situation before it becomes life and death. Making 100% sure you are safe while doing this!
How to Start!

There are stages to all this. What I am referring to above is stage 1!

The situation could turn bad, but it has not yet done so! Today this is the most common stage. This stage is so prevalent today because of the current political climate and all the special interest groups of people thinking they have been "hard done to."  They are angry and looking for someone to take it out on! So be cautious!

It used to be more commonly an interview for a robbery or some such event. 

Here are the 3 Stages

  1. Confrontation not yet become violent
  2. Dealing with the confrontation that has become violent
  3. A weapon is produced during the confrontation. 

You need a handle of all 3 Stages!

What are the Solutions?
Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Yes there is a solution! No matter what your level of self defense training, or how good your self defense techniques are this will help you! 

I have a new 3 level certification course coming this summer to Kyusho Jitsu University. This is called Humane Pressure Point Tactics. This is a 3 level certification course for both student and teacher. And is vital information on dealing with our current levels of street violence and confrontation.

Follow this link and learn all about this new course!
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