What are Humane Pressure Point Self Defense [tactics] and why is it so important for martial artists to learn and understand these? First I want to address any controversy you have read about over time.
Kyusho Jitsu or pressure point fighting has been criticized as being not effective and criticized by many, many "expert" martial artists who are simply too "closed minded, stupid or lazy" to do the study. If I punch you in the face it is going to HURT. If I alter the method slightly and hit you in the face where a nerve is closer to the surface or more exposed it will hurt a LOT MORE. Pressure Points when studied and applied correctly WORK. I find these types of people laughable at best.
Back in 2009 I completed the HPPT Courses with Grand Master Steve Stewart that certified me as a Level Three Humane Pressure Point Tactics Instructor. There were only 3 levels to the course. Today the certification patch is still on my Gi also. It was a great course!
What is this for?
The main idea is to be able to take complete control of a bad situation, before it turns to violence. The course is perfect to teach anyone in a position of deal with the public where problem can arise. [Bars, security, high school teachers, medical etc]. In fact I did a course years ago for ambulance attendants.
It is also excellent for police as it helps them control a situation without needing to use a taser or "billy" stick. Below is a short video example of a Humane Pressure Point Self Defense Tactic.
Why is Humane Pressure Points, or Humane Kyusho Jitsu as I usually call it so very important to the average martial artist? Now you can argue for a "moral" responsibility, but that one for me kind of falls on deaf ears. People make choices, and attacking someone is a choice.
However there are very important legal concerns. Here is an accepted Legal Definition of Self Defense. Our concern as martial artists is that we comply with this definition because we live in a "legal" system and not a "justice" system. Therefore we must use "reasonable force" at all times!
If we do not, then it could very well be us on assault charges or worse. And a trained martial artist will get very little sympathy from a jury.
Today there is surveillance everywhere! I cannot think of any place you can really go in a city without someone seeing what is going on. They are also videoing it, but this rarely shows the true picture. If someone attacks you, and their buddy or girlfriend is there, and you "overdue" the defense, this can go bad fast!
Therefore the need of Humane Kyusho Jitsu.
Humane Pressure Point Self Defense of Humane Kyusho Jitsu, whichever term you prefer will allow you to handle a BAD situation before it escalates to a seriously violent end. Here are a few example of times when this knowledge could really help you.
The list goes on and on! I am sure you can think of dozens of such example. Plus on a video, it looks as if you are defending yourself. And not attacking! I had one such situation years ago in bar in Windsor where a guy who knew who i was had a "few too many" and needed to be "calmed." Had I reacted with too much force this would have gone bad, FAST!
I cannot overemphasize how important these skills are to develop. They are all "pain pressure point" based and work very well. As you can see from the video above, that "Come along" really hurts when done correctly.
And it is easy to apply too! There are so some verbal skills you need to learn also. This helps with control but also helps make you case if the altercation goes to court.
I have written an eBook on the subject of Humane Kyusho Jitsu and also have a very solid video on the topic. You an check both of these out from the links below!
I almost forgot too! If you want to learn more about Humane Pressure Point Self Defense there is an article from Black Belt Magazine you can look at right here. Always remember success in a self defense situation gets down to many different things. All knowledge must be applied, which means you can just read it or watch it. You gotta do the work and train it!
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Also if you are interested in learning more about real world street self defense take a look at our article on the 13 Misconception of Knife Attacks. I know you will find it valuable!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in the arts,
Grand Master Art Mason
Grand Master Art Mason is a professional full time martial artists and Kyusho Jitsu teacher. He is available for seminars and study groups. He resides in Brasov Romania
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