Kyusho Jitsu Uke
This is my first post of 2021! So Happy New Year! And for Kyusho Jitsu in 2021 I think it is going to be a good one! But today I want to take a few moments and upset some people. We are going to discuss the Kyusho Jitsu Uke or training partner. In particular we are going to discuss Uke safety as it relates to Kyusho Jitsu study.
What I see in the Kyusho Jitsu universe is a lot of very reckless people who made a name for themselves or are trying to make a name for themselves not taking proper precautions when it comes to the Uke or training partner.
My guess is either these people are IDIOTS or so egotistical and narcissistic they simply do not care about the Kyusho Jitsu Uke. Maybe both! And I have seen these examples time and time again. I ever have had some arguments with these people. But lets get into this more.
I know that many Dojo owners have their students sign wavers for injury. And this is smart. But thinking this is a waver for negligence is stupid.
You cannot wave gross negligence! Here is a link to a legal dictionary discussing the laws.
There is no amount of "I'm sorry" or wavers that will help you or prevent injury to the student. The student may strike their head hard, concussing themselves, or damaging the neck/back.
You are in serious legal trouble and the Uke can be in jeopardy of losing his or her life!
Is looking good, showing off your "skills" really that important to you?
I see a very careless attitude in many Kyusho Jitsu instructors. As an example about 10 years ago I was at a Kyusho Jitsu seminar where one of the presenters seriously injured his Uke's shoulder trying to show off how good he is. If you really are good there is no need to show off!
I know I lost respect for this person.
In my 37 years of martial arts training I have NEVER caused even ONE serious injury to ANYONE. Now that is a bragging point!
So what can go wrong during an Uke fall? First realize something. You CANNOT break-fall while in a condition of brain dysfunction! But lets look at the potential injury list.
- Concussion from head impact with the floor! This can happen even with mats! Mats can protect the exterior of the skull from damage but they DO NOT stop the brain from crashing against the inside of the skull resulting in brain injury and possible death.
- Injury to the vertebrae of the neck and spine. [Whiplash from the bounce ] In the best case scenario chronic pain for the rest of the Kyusho Jitsu Uke life. Possible temporary or permanent paralysis of the body and even death!
Do I really need to say more? Is this language plain enough for people? There are certainly other injuries that are possible. I could spend all day talking about this. But this is a good enough start!
As a side note gross negligence carries a prison sentence depending on the situation. Death of an Uke is homicide. Still think showing off is worth risk?
Another aspect of the practice of Kyusho Jitsu and therefore the care of the Kyusho Jitsu Uke is understanding, and I mean a deep understanding of resuscitation.
You will never keep a training partner if they get injured or sick because you do not bother to follow rules of safety when dealing with pressure point strikes.
Do not be lazy! Learn proper resuscitation techniques and train with them! This is the most important part of the learning process. Now it is beyond this article to teach these techniques, but below is a basic breakdown.
You must learn proper resuscitation of the:
These are the critical safety courses and tools. This helps the body recover from the trauma of a pressure point strike and stabilize. If this is not done in the short term the Uke will feel like he or she has a hangover. More serious is potential injury to organs. Once example is illness to the large intestine. Serious diarrhea or constipation can occur.
In the western culture because of BAD food, and bad diet habits most people suffer from issues with the digestive system. Make your training partner sick and you will be looking for a new one soon. Eventually no one will work with you!
Rules and Good practices to Follow
Here are a few rules and/or good practices to follow when working with a training partner or Kyusho Jitsu Uke. These will prevent injury and illness. And could also keep your ass out of court or jail!
- Always spot the Uke! Have 2 people in correct position to catch any Uke when the possibility of a knockout is present.
- Know the medical history of the training partner! No one with heart issues should ever is knocked out. Any serious illness means they watch and are not used for demonstrations.
- No one under 16 or over 30 should be used! Unless you are VERY experienced and know for a fact the medical history of the Uke.
- Keep the strikes when using someone extensively to one side of the body ONLY. The Kyusho principle of attack along the meridian is powerful. Understand this principle well
- Keep the Uke hydrated! Water is essential and ONLY water not those crap sports drinks.
I write this article because I see too many examples of bad and even criminal practice in the martial arts world in general.
The health and safety of the Kyusho Jitsu Uke is of upmost importance and should never be taken for granted or neglected.
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