Every six months or so I write a post similar to this one to break down exactly what Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Anatomy is. With the study being as complex as it is often times the root information will get lost. This results in new students becoming frustrated and therefore stopping their learning. So lets get to it!
Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Anatomy - What is a Pressure Point?
A pressure point is a place on the body were a nerve ends, branches off in to "Y" formation or crosses over top of another nerve. Pressure Points are found surrounding joints as these are critical areas of the body and most easily damaged. I once had a comment on a post from someone who stated that there are pressure points where there are no nerves. This shows the misunderstanding people have.
Can you name a place on the body that has no nerves and therefore no feeling? The brain does not count!
Next, pressure points lie on energy pathways called meridians. There are a total of 12 meridians, these reflected on both sides of the body. These pathways are not hard wired like the nerves but exist as a result of the electrical flow within the nerves. Therefore existing on the outside of the nervous system. This is a basic physics principle called "electromagnetic induction." How a transformer works. People are bio-mechanical electrical beings.
Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Anatomy - Meridians
Each meridian on the body represent an organ. The number of pressure points on the meridian will vary based on its length and purpose.
Meridians can be divided into 2 different categories one being Yin and the other being Yang. Below is this breakdown.
Lung - 11 Points
Heart -9 Points
Pericardium - 9 Points
Liver - 14 Points
Spleen - 21 Points
Kidney - 27 Points
Large Intestine - 20 Points
Small Intestine - 19 Points
Triple Warmer - 23 Points
Stomach - 45 Points
Gall Bladder - 44 Points
Bladder - 67 Points
Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Anatomy -Elements
Next we can assign a predominate element to each meridian. This information from a Kyusho Jitsu perspective involves one of the first 5 Principle of Kyusho Jitsu called the Cycle of Destruction. Now this is a basic principle however it does take time to really understand and get a FULL grasp of! With this in mind I have a gift for you! Follow this link and you can download a video that goes into complete details on how the Cycle of Destruction works.
Now let's divide the meridians into elements.
Heart - Fire
Pericardium - Fire
Triple Warmer - Fire
Small Intestine - Fire
Lung - Metal
Large Intestine - Metal
Gall Bladder - Wood
Liver - Wood
Stomach - Earth
Spleen - Earth
Kidney - Water
Bladder - Water
You likely have noticed that each element has a Yin-Yang pair and that there are 4 fire meridians. That is because fire is the creation element!
Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Anatomy - The Vessels
Finally today we will look at the 2 Vessels. The Conception Vessel on the front of the body shown in the chart above and the Governor Vessel found on the back of the body. Each vessel represent a polarity of energy flow with Conception being the primary sources of Yin energy in the body and Governor being the primary source of Yang energy in the body.
Conception - 24 Points
Governor - 26 Points
These vessels have no association with any element!
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Pressure Point ST-09 is situated right over the carotid sinus. The carotid sinus is a Baroreceptor, whose purpose is to detect an increase in blood pressure. When it detects an increase, it sends a signal to the vasomotor center of the via the vagus nerve. This initiates a Vasodilatation, and slowing of the heart rate to lower the blood pressure to normal.
When struck this pressure points is struck there is an immediate, violent and dangerous response from the brain. The blood pressure will drop quickly causing a "vascular faint" or knockout. This can be accomplished with a low to medium strike.
A harder strike can cause serious damage to the nervous and arterial systems of the area which will result in death. ST-09 is also Dim Mak points because an energy strike to this part of the system, both nervous and vascular, will cause enough "dysfunction" to result in death overtime.
Carotid Sinus Reflex:
The serious martial artist should be concerned about Carotid Sinus Reflex when it comes to this pressure point and ST-10. The effect is temporary loss of consciousness or a knockout that sometimes accompanies convulsive seizures. This is because of the power of the carotid sinus reflex when pressure builds up in one or both carotid sinuses.