Pressure Point Self Defense
So, what is Pressure Point Self Defense and why do you need to be studying and applying it to your martial arts system? Back in the old days of martial art training in the West the old master often referred to pressure points as “nerve strikes.” This is an excellent term, but there is much more to it than this!
What exactly is a pressure point? This is a place on the body when an nerve terminates or comes to an end.
Where nerves cross in the body, or where a nerve nerve will branch out into a “Y” shape.
The actually pressure point itself is the size of a pin head, but the area of activation is the size of a Looney (Canadian Dollar pictured below)
Now picture 361 of these pressure points covering the human body! Not all of them are useful, but a large number of them are extremely effective in self defense.
Now why do I refer to Kyusho Jitsu, the art and science of pressure point self defense as a science? The reason is we TEST reactions and responses on real people to find predictable results that can be replicated. The things that we teach, when learned and practiced with intention, will yield a 90% plus result from attacker to attacker.
There are many who say that Kyusho Jitsu is not a science, so for those who think this, lets go back to the dictionary!
Pressure Point Self Defense - What is Science?
- the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment:
I don’t think much more needs to be said here! So exactly what are some examples of a predictable result? Let’s look at a few pressure points and see.
This point lies on the arm, on the radial bone side halfway between the elbow and the wrist. When this point is struck, like in a wrist grab defense the following happens every time. First the hand will open its grip on the wrist or article of clothing it is grabbing.
Next the head will come forward as the front knee bends. This takes the attacker off center, and often off balance allowing for a close quarters head strike.
Pressure Point Self Defense - My Experience:
In 16 plus years of Kyusho study I have NEVER encountered a case that the above does not happen!
Triple Warmer 11:
This is the "funny bone" located behind the elbow. Activation of TW-11 will ALWAYS result in a release of the muscles controlling the elbow and therefore the ability to dislocate the elbow at the joint.
Here are just 2 examples on the arms, showing the predictable results. To become effective using pressure points you will need to understand how they must be attacked. What the correct angle and direction to use is, plus a solid martial art system to apply this information to.
Pressure Point Self Defense - Study
How hard is it to find GOOD information on Pressure Points?
There is a shortage in the world of QUALIFIED and knowledgeable people to teaching Kyusho Jitsu.
There are maybe 2 or 3 dozen and literally millions of people training in the arts. The internet is FULL of information, much of it WRONG, or incomplete.
OK so what about me? Am I qualified? That is a resounding YES! My direct teacher is 10th Dan Kyusho Jitsu Grand Master Steve Stewart. GM Steve is a student of, as well as certified by Grand Master George Dillman.
I am currently a 6th Dan Black Belt in Kyusho Jitsu with DKI (Dillman Karate International). I am also a 9th Dan in my root art of Hapkido. At some point in the future I will seek my 7th Dan Black Belt with DKI or KIA (Kyusho International Alliance). But more importantly I am a LEVEL Five Certified Instructor in the DKI/KIA system. This is the highest level attainable. You can easily contact GM Stewart to check me out! Here is a link to more information about myself.
Back a little over a few years ago I created the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance and subsequently Kyusho Jitsu University to help promote, teach and certify instructors in our system.
This is a NON political organization focused on education! You can take a look at the Alliance Website right here.
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