The MYTH of the Kyusho Jitsu Light Touch Knockout has been spread for as long as I can remember. It is fodder for the fire of Kyusho Jitsu not being "usable' on the street. However this is all misinformation and misunderstanding.
Therefore I think it is time to address this topic straight out.
Kyusho Jitsu Light Touch - Rumor Mill
I image this all began at a George Dillman seminar while he was doing one of the things he does best. Stress the importance of safety. Most people who study the martial arts need to go to work the next day and they certainly do not need an Emergency Room visit.
As he often taught if you learn the science of pressure point self defense correctly you can setup the Uki and be able to perform a Kyusho Jitsu Light Touch Knockout. However at no time did he ever once say this was what you did on the streets.
But he did not expect his work to be so badly misinterpreted! Otherwise I know he would have drawn a BIG line for those who do not listen well.
When you train hard and learn Kyusho properly you can replicate a GREAT result with little to no force. However you need to have a FULL understanding of the Principles of Kyusho Jitsu, like the Cycle of Destruction.
Kyusho Jitsu Light Touch Knockouts - The Street
In real life, on the street you would hit for all it is worth. Within reason however as you are bound by laws, and also missing the target cannot be an option! But I am sure this is all self evident, right?
Why then the focus of light touch? I personally do not focus on it. I focus on Uki care. Below is a ST-05 knockout. Watch this and then keep reading.
In the video I am "tapping" at ST-05. If I had hit him with even medium force I would have broken his jaw. And common sense tells you that this is not what you want to do to your training partner!
But what happens if I hit full power?
Well ST-05 is the weakest part of the jaw bone. Underneath this bone is the Jugular Vein. The jaw protects this critical part of the cardio vascular system. So what can happen under heavy impact? The jaw bone can break at this point. and I mean break not fracture. Then it is possible to tear the Jugular Vein which will result in a bleed out and death.
Now this is not likely, however it is possible. We do not know the health of someones body or bones when we use them as a partner. Caution must always be used! I am sure you are acquainted with "Murphy's Law"
To me this was all self evident. and anytime I have needed my training I was certainly not doing a light touch. What is your experience here? I would love to hear. Comment via this link.
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Grand Master Art Mason