I was surprised to realize today that this is a subject I have really never covered on this blog. I have certainly spent enough time on the floor teaching it. And enough time talking about how today in the martial arts this has become a "lost art." That part of the art is Kyusho Jitsu Body Mechanics.
Today in the martial arts world we now focus on the generation of power, often time via the avenue of weight lifting, and other "power" building activities. Because you can bench pressure 500 pounds does not mean your punch is effective. Why? Simple physics. Without correct alignment of the body the power/torque/force generated with NOT all transfer to the attacker.
This is one of the reasons you can see a fighter take what looks like a tremendous hit and just stand there. Ineffective power delivery.
If these guys had a clue about Kyusho Jitsu Body Mechanics the fights would be over in second, not rounds. But then no one would buy a ticket.
Just for your reference a "hay maker" is not an example of "torque." The illustration above shows what torque really is. A hay maker is the punch of the clueless. Now I am not saying that a hay-maker does not do damage. But it is the technique of the technique-less.
In Kyusho Jitsu, the science of pressure point self defense I teach something called the 3 Power Principles. I have linked the article here for you to reference. This is the start of understanding Kyusho Body Mechanics.
Like physics, which is the study of natural laws, so is the study of Kyusho Jitsu Body Mechanics. Back in the day this was taught in every martial art.
Today very few do still teach this, and you can see that plain as day based on the "sport punch" which is just terrible body mechanics! The first to the left is a "sport fist" and what is seen most often in martial arts today.
In the article on the Kyusho Power Principles I go into great details as to why this is bad body mechanics.
Now let's take a look at some of the things that need to be studied to really understand Kyusho Jitsu Body Mechanics.
1) Angle of Attack - You should already have known that a pressure point has a correct angle and direction in which it must be attacked. Now this is a 45 degree angle and direction will vary. But how do you get to the 45 degree angle of attack? This is part of the study of Kyusho Jitsu Body Mechanics, the 4th of the 15 Principles of Kyusho Jitsu.
2) Angle of Defense - Only an idiot will stand and exchange blows with someone. That is a Black Belt around my waist, I am not wearing a cape with a big "S" on it! You MUST learn to move in a defensive posture and still be able to counter! And from what I have seen in 35 years. Very few do this!
3) Triangular Alignment - When you learn to break an attack down to mathematics first you depersonalize it, which is imperative to controlling your emotions. [Quantum Kyusho] And second you can then create a devastating counter attack, based on real efficiently generated power for maximum impact!
4) Centering - The art of bringing everything back in to your center. And this relates directly with the above.
5 ) Factors of the Opponent - Here is a link to understand this aspect of body mechanics.
This is really only scratching the surface. Below I am offering a 2 minute video from my son Master Curt Mason. He is one of the best I have ever seen at Kyusho Jitsu Body Mechanics. Anyone who has ever worked with him agrees.
This is a complex subject. But martial arts study is a lifelong pursuit right? Not a quick fix. And there are NO quick fixes in life! That is just a lie!
These are the secrets of the master of old, who's teaching for most have been long abandoned!
Now do you have any questions? Are there part of this article that are not clear? Feel free to leave a comment here.
And if you are interested in getting started with Kyusho Jitsu Body Mechanics I am going to leave you some links to checkout below!
I refer to the study of Kyusho Body Mechanics beyond the basic understanding to be the study of the Natural Laws of Self Defense. And I have address these several times over the years.
These Natural Laws are the basis of my Humane Pressure Point Tactics Certification Courses! You can learn more about these courses HERE.
Next I have an eBook called Kyusho Jitsu and the Secrets of the Octagon. This is a beginners guide to understanding the Natural Laws I am speaking of. You can read more here.
And finally because of the many, many requests I have received for more information on Kyusho Jitsu and the Secrets of the Octagon here is a link to a video course, which is a certificate course on this!
These will all help you increase your effectiveness as a martial artists and your understanding of movement and self defense.
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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.
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