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The 5 Best Knockout Pressure Points. How to Knock Someone Out with Pressure Points

5 Best Knockout Pressure Points

What are the 5 BEST Knockout Pressure Points? In other words how to knock someone out with pressure points. Now what do I mean when I say knockout pressure points?  

These are pressure points that CAN result in a neurological knockout, or loss of consciousness when they are the ONLY points struck.

No setup required! Now this article does assume you have had some experience with Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts before. 

Therefore if this is all new to you, then read this article on doing an Easy Pressure Point Knockout first. From here you are ready for the 5 Best Knockout Pressure Points!

5 BEST Knockout Pressure Points

No setup? Really????

The reason I chose these, the  Best Knockout Pressure Points is because they do not need setup if accessed correctly. And this is HUGE in the real world!

I know you are used to people talking about setting up pressure point knockouts, and that is the VERY best way to go! However I will explain more about that later in the article. But, you also need to know how to knock someone out with pressure points with one hit! This is especially important in self defense! An attack must end FAST. Most of all this knowledge of the best knockout Pressure Points helps to assure your success. If you do the work! 

How does this happen?

Time for some anatomy lessons! There are pressure points in the body that lie in very critical places.  When you get down to basics, Kyusho Jitsu is really simply nerve strikes. So if we are just hitting nerves why do we need this long study?

Because the study, the science behind pressure point self defense, and knockout pressure points helps increase the odds of success. Especially if the target you want to not available when you want it! I also highly recommend my Pressure Points of Kosho Ryu video course to help you become truly effect accessing these 5 Best Knockout Pressure Points.

So lets get started shall we?

Top 5 Best Knockout Pressure Points

1) Stomach 5 - First on the list of the 5 Best Knockout Pressure Points is ST-05 tends to be everyone's "go to" knockout pressure point.

The reason this point is so important is the nerve in most people is very accessible. For some it is deeper and less effective.  This is biology, not training!

To reach the nerve which is part of the Mandibular Branch of nerves your need to use 2-Way Action and strike in and to the back of the opposite side of the head.

BEST Knockout Pressure Points

You may also strike it to the front and across to the other side.

In this area, there is also a branch of the Internal Jugular Vein These nerves and veins are on the underside area of the jaw, protected by the jaw itself. Truly on the of the Best Knockout Pressure Points!

Pressure Point Knockouts

2) Gall Bladder 20 -   Gallbladder 20 is another of the favorite points for Kyusho Jitsu practitioners for head knockouts. This point lies in the 2 hollows at the base of the back of the skull.

Now GB-20 is a Wood element point that is hit up and in to the other side of the head. The direction “up” assumes the person to be standing like the illustration.

This point along with Bladder 10 are excellent knockout points mostly due to being at the back of the head near the spinal column. 

BL-10 is however an extremely dangerous Dim Mak Pressure Point.  The 2nd of the Best Knockout Pressure Points.


In this area run the Greater and Lesser Occipital Nerves. There is also a large but thin mass of muscle in the area, up into the head and down to the shoulder area. The 2 nerves while serving many functions also help to protect the integrity of the spinal columns connection to the skull. 

A hard-enough blow can tear the muscles and therefore cause a tear in the spinal cord. Permanent paralysis and death can occur under the right conditions.

3) Large Intestine 18 - Not as popular but incredibly effective LI-18 is therefore on my list! This point lies at the center of the side of the neck as shown in the diagram below. You can map it directly below, straight down from TW-17.

Striking in and straight across will cause intense pain and if there is setup done it will take little effort for a knockout. As a stand alone point a knockout can be obtained but the best result will come if you can secure the neck with the other hand. 

The Pressure Point Large Intestine 18

From the standpoint of the nervous system we are once again attacking the lesser occipital nerve. This nerve has many functions as mentioned previously and a hard strike will basically overload it and cause the attacker to go unconscious. It is also possible because of the close proximity to ST-09 to have a drop in blood pressure with this strike. This is great information for all martial artists regardless of style. Now I have covered the 3rd of the 5 Best Knockout Pressure Points in my view!

Cool eh?

Pressure Point Spleen 21

4) Spleen 21 - SP-21 is one of the MOST, if not the MOST DANGEROUS knockout pressure points on the body. Death can result from hard strike especially on the left side of the body due to the proximity of the heart.

The point is located on the lateral aspect of the chest, on the mid-axillary line, in the 6th intercostal space. I only mention this one because it is a great pressure point in a life or death situation.

The reason this, and other body points are knockout pressure points is because the brain and the nervous system will ALWAYS protect the integrity of the ribs, and assure the safety of the lungs. 

While I do list this as one of the 5 Best Knockout Pressure Points please be very, very cautious with this one! 

5) Spleen 11 - Yes SP-11, if you know your pressure points you will fast realize this is a LEG point. You can knockout someone out with one shot to this point if you hit it correctly, and HARD ENOUGH! 

How does this happen? This knockout pressure points lies on the femur in close proximity to the femoral artery.

If this point is hit with enough force there is a good chance the leg with break. 

BEST Knockout Pressure Points

With the potential of a rupture to the femoral artery as a result! Therefore this overload with cause a neurological knockout! 

The 5th of the 5 Best Knockout Pressure Points.

Here is a sample of a Knockout at SP-11

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In Conclusion

There are literally dozens of pressure points on the body that will cause a neurological knockout.

Today I have given you 5 that can be used in self defense without setup provided enough force is applied. 

And an honorable mention to Pressure Point CV-14 at the solar plexus. But this one is deadly.

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