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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!

So before you read this article where you aware of Special Alarm Points?

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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.

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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

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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

For a complete list of these pressure points you can refer to my Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy book. This coming summer I will be doing an update to give more information on the "Dim Mak" pressure points. Anyone who has purchased this book will get the new edition when finished FREE of charge. Learn more about Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy here.

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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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.

A question asked of me with regard to this article is "can you do this to yourself." The answer is NO you cannot. First you do not have the body mechanics to strike yourself in the manners required. Second there is something called "self preservation" that would prevent this.


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Why Are Pressure Point Strikes Painful?

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* What Makes a Pressure Point Deadly?

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. Here is an  explanation of the Kyusho Jitsu Nervous System.

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!

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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Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

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Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

So are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? Today let's take a look at what is a controversial question and see if we can put the controversy to bed! Controversy comes from a misrepresentation of Kyusho Jitsu, and usually perpetrated by those who do not know. Time to clear up the mystery.

Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous - Not Light Touch

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? The answer is a resounding YES. This is where I must start! However some pressure points are more dangerous than others, and some are not dangerous at all.

And not all pressure point will result in a knockout. While others will do so very easily!  How dangerous a pressure point is depends on its location on the body of the pressure point in question. These points are not magic! That is a common misunderstanding of what a pressure point is. They are tied to the neurological systems of the body.

Standard pressure point lie on energy flow channels called meridians. There are 12 main meridians on the body, each with varying numbers of pressure points on them. Now some pressure points are purely energy related, while others lie in critical areas with important nerve functions. 

Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous

Below is a list of some of the common pressure points that are used by many Kyusho Jitsu practitioners and exactly how dangerous they can be. 

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

Pressure Point ST-05

This is most likely the favorite of all pressure points for knockouts. The reason is that it is very accessible and give a great result about 90% of the time. Is it dangerous? Yes, depending on how hard you strike it. Let's take a look!

The first thing I must add is all pressure points of the head are dangerous! Hitting them correctly and hard can cause death. This is for many different reasons too! And this includes ST-05.

What makes this pressure point dangerous is its proximity to the  "jugular vein" under the jaw bone. This vein is monitored by the vagus nerve which is also called the heart nerve. 

You can read all about Pressure Point ST-05 here. Below is a video of a knockout on ST-05 done in a way as to protect the Uki and still get a clean knockout. 

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Pressure Point CO-24

This is a knockout I did that came under fire for doing [below].  Many of the Kyusho people in world were concerned because this can disrupt the Yin energy in the body and result in long term issues for the Uki. There is also a concern of permanent and serious jaw damage. However the way I did the knockout was to assure the safety of the Uki, and prevent damage.

Striking this pressure point shocks the brain and therefore causes dysfunction.  In this knockout because the body was out of alignment, the head back, it was easy to get the result without much impact. 

I do understand people's concerns about this knockout, as this one can be very dangerous. However that being said I have done my homework for years.

I know these pressure points inside and out. And I never strike a pressure point in a demonstration, or teaching environment just to see what happens.


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Pressure Point GB-24

Is Pressure Point Gall Bladder 24 a dangerous pressure point? OMG YES! It is however often times used for demonstrations not realizing the potential dangers of striking too hard.

GB-24 is located on the upper abdomen, directly below the nipple, in the 7th intercostal space, 4 cun (finger widths) lateral to the anterior mid-line of the chest. This area of the body, the rib cage is monitored and protected by the intercostal nerves. The intercostal nerves are part of the somatic nervous system, and arise from the anterior "rami" of the thoracic spinal nerves from "T1" to "T11." 

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

GB-24 is not the most dangerous pressure point in the area. There are several others, however a solid strike can break the ribs and cause serious lung damage. GB-24 is also an Alarm Point

Here is one more knockout, this time on GB-24 using sound as to not have the need to strike hard. Caution is required with sound. But once again I have done my homework.

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

Now that I have discussed the dangers of a few of 3 pressure points found on the body lets tie this in with the effect of a knockout. 

I have been very cautious doing knockouts as demonstration in order to prevent issues later on. In other words I have done the work! There is nothing more important than cautious, responsible training. I have seen Kyusho students do serious damage in the past and it is all unnecessary. 

So where do I begin? First and foremost understand FULLY the pressure point you intend to strike. Set the pressure point up properly so you do not need a ton of impact to get the brain dysfunction you are seeking. 

On the street is different, in Dojo responsibility is a MUST!  First, NEVER allow the Uki to free fall after a knockout. This is careless and STUPID. Leave your ego at the door.

 You cannot guarantee the fall will not result in a neck injury that may result in the Uki being paralyzed or even DEAD. You cannot have a student sign a waver to protect you against GROSS negligence! And this is GROSS negligence.

Next study resuscitation and understand it FULLY! No one will want to work with your of they feel terrible after a knockout. 

Now let's take a look at one more Pressure Point in reference to "are pressure point knockouts dangerous."

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Pressure Point ST-09

One of the Top 10 Most Deadly Pressure Points ST-09 is NOT to be played with!

Striking this pressure point with "low to medium" force will result in a knockout due to the drastic drop in blood pressure the strike will cause.

Depending on the health of the Uki, and you NEVER really know, this can result in the heart stopping because of the drop in blood pressure. It is also possible as the blood pressure comes back quick for a stroke to occur (yes there is more to this, which I am not going into here.)


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In Conclusion

To wraps this up, the only way you should be doing knockouts is to have done the homework first!

I have heard so many times people saying "I tried using pressure points in a fight and it did not work."

Well when you do not do the work, you will not get the results PERIOD. And if you do some of the work, the result may NOT BE what you want!

Many years ago I know of a situation personally where a inexperienced man accidentally killed some playing around with ST-09. He was a Novice student in the USA.

There was an inquest and I know one of the witnesses personally. No charges were laid, but this man must live with his carelessness for the rest of his life. Not to mention the family of the man who lost his life.

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Which Pressure Points Make you Faint? Why?

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So Which Pressure Points Make you Faint?

I saw this question the other day in a search that gave Quora as the source. I did not answer on Quora, because I am not of a fan of the website. Too many big ego who are trying to impress people with how intelligent they are. Yeah right! But the questions,  Which Pressure Points Make You Faint? Why? Is an excellent question.

So lets discuss this one today!

Which Pressure Points Make You Faint?

There are dozens of pressure points on the body that can cause a faint. But we also should define the word faint. 

Faint: pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain. Drop in blood pressure.

Vagus Nerve Which Pressure Points Make you Faint? Why?

There are several pressure points on the body, due to their proximity will cause a serious drop in blood pressure result in a "vasovagal syncope."

But this is only one type of "knockout" practiced in the science of pressure point self defense called Kyusho Jitsu. 

The prime examples of pressure points that will cause "vasovagal syncope" are ST-09, and ST-10 to name just two.

This is caused by an overreaction of stimulation of the Vagus Nerve, which is also called the "Heart Nerve."

To answer the question at this point one such pressure point that will result in a faint is a strike to Pressure Point ST-09.

ST-09 lies in the Carotid sinus, and when struck the reaction of the Vagus nerve to the brain is an increase in blood pressure.

This result in an instant drop in blood pressure and the resulting "faint."

This is referred to as the Carotid sinus reflex."

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Which Pressure Points Make you Faint? Why?

Now these types of pressure point knockouts tend to be very dangerous for many different reasons. This ranges from the drop in blood pressure to nervous system overload that causes the brain to shutdown to protect the body. They can have serious consequences up to including death.

Other type of knockout results can also be referred to as Brain Dysfunction. The person may not go fully unconscious, however they will not be able to function "normally." The extent of the effect or reaction depends on many different circumstances. Many of these are discussed in my book Understanding Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts

What is a "knockout?"

There are 3 different types of knockouts and their cause. But the root no matter what they cause all end up being neurological events. Here is a breakdown of the 3 basic types,

  1. A concussion can be caused by heavy impact to the skull such as a martial arts strike, a fall, car accident, etc. However trauma does not always cause unconsciousness, but when it does it is a neurological event. Therefore these are very dangerous and can result in death.
  2. Next on the list is the neurological knockout. A neurological knockout is caused by a short circuit, overload, or imbalance in the central nervous system. [involving both the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Therefore this can be done using Kyusho Jitsu techniques.

    And these may also be caused by extreme stress, emotions, shock, or extreme trauma to any area of the body. [A broken bone or crushed limb for example]. Neurological knockouts also occur due to excessive use of drugs or alcohol. What is often called "fainting" is also a purely neurological event. As an example someone may faint at the sight of a needle. Since some do not believe that pressure point knockouts are real does this mean the person fainting is not real also?
  3. Then we have cardio/respiratory. This type of knockout is caused by limiting the oxygen supply to the brain. Therefore this can be caused by choking or strangulation involving the air supply, the flow of blood or both. These can also be caused by impact to veins or arteries. Which cause a disruption in the flow of blood,  possibly dislodging plaque from the arterial walls causing clots.  

The question today with the term "fainting" refers to the 3rd type of knockout listed here. This is also part of the Dim Mak systems of training. 

Below is a short video example of the 2nd example from above.

Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

In conclusion

In conclusion today I am only touching on one pressure point that when activated will cause a "faint." This is a very in depth topic, and therefore a complete answer requires several chapters of a book. 

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Painful Face Pressure Points

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*Painful Face Pressure Points

Today I am going to talk about the Top 3 Most Painful Face Pressure Points. Pain is a great deterrent! Understanding these 3 painful face pressure points can come in very handy in a bad situation!

So let's get started!

Painful Face Pressure Points - Large Intestine 20

LI-20 Painful Face Pressure Points

This is a wonderful pressure point. Located beside the nose in a hollow when it is pushed / rubbed can cause intense pain! One of the reasons for this is that Large Intestine is the only meridian that crosses the body. Plus we are dealing with an area of dental nerves as well as sinus cavities. If you hold the back of the head at GB-20 the effect will intensify! 

I have also successfully used this as a knockout point! See the video below. To activate push in and down! 

Painful Face Pressure Points - Governor 26

GV-26 Painful Face Pressure Points

This is another GREAT painful face pressure point! Located right under the nose at center-line this is another RUB point. You can strike it, but if you seal the head like in the previous point, and rub side to side the pain is unbearable!

This is an excellent pressure point to use if you are on your back and have been mounted. The attack will fly off your because of the intense pain. And I have never encountered anyone who could withstand the pain!

Painful Face Pressure Points - Small Intestine 18

If you saw Steven Seagal's movie Under Siege 2 - Dark Territory this is the pressure point his niece attacked on one of the mercenaries.  

Another point of intense pain mostly due to the proximity of the sinus cavities. With pollution today most people have sinus issues also. 

SI-18 Most Painful Face Pressure Points

She does a good job of the grab, however you would support and seal using the left hand at the GB-20 area.  But it does do a decent job of demonstrating the pressure point! 

Here is what my new eBook Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy says about SI-18.

SI-18:


This pressure point is located directly below the outer canthus, in the depression on the lower border of the zygoma, level with CO-20.

Best attacked with a small penetrating weapon like a single knuckle. This pressure point will cause a rush of energy to the brain causing a knockout.

Painful Face Pressure Points

So what is the advantage to understanding Painful Face Pressure Points? These are control points! This allows for the application of techniques, using these kinds of points, to control a BAD situation. One that has not yet turned to out and out violence.

In Conclusion

Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

The more you know about each and every pressure point the better off you will be! Knowledge is not power, but applied knowledge is power. When you look at where you strike in your training, and then see what pressure points are available to you the more success you will have.

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