Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? What is the risk?

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

So are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? Today let's take a look at what is a controversial question and see if we can put the controversy to bed! Controversy comes from a misrepresentation of Kyusho Jitsu, and usually perpetrated by those who do not know. Time to clear up the mystery.

Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous - Not Light Touch

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? The answer is a resounding YES. This is where I must start! However some pressure points are more dangerous than others, and some are not dangerous at all.

And not all pressure point will result in a knockout. While others will do so very easily!  How dangerous a pressure point is depends on its location on the body of the pressure point in question. These points are not magic! That is a common misunderstanding of what a pressure point is. They are tied to the neurological systems of the body.

Standard pressure point lie on energy flow channels called meridians. There are 12 main meridians on the body, each with varying numbers of pressure points on them. Now some pressure points are purely energy related, while others lie in critical areas with important nerve functions. 

Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous

Below is a list of some of the common pressure points that are used by many Kyusho Jitsu practitioners and exactly how dangerous they can be. 

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

Pressure Point ST-05

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? This is most likely the favorite of all pressure points for knockouts. The reason is that it is very accessible and give a great result about 90% of the time. Is it dangerous? Yes, depending on how hard you strike it. Let's take a look!

The first thing I must add is all pressure points of the head are dangerous! Hitting them correctly and hard can cause death. This is for many different reasons too! And this includes ST-05.

What makes this pressure point dangerous is its proximity to the  "jugular vein" under the jaw bone. This vein is monitored by the vagus nerve which is also called the heart nerve. 

You can read all about Pressure Point ST-05 here. Below is a video of a knockout on ST-05 done in a way as to protect the Uki and still get a clean knockout.  Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous, I have seen this one go bad. So yes!

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Pressure Point CO-24

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? This is a knockout I did that came under fire for doing [below].  Many of the Kyusho people in world were concerned because this can disrupt the Yin energy in the body and result in long term issues for the Uki. There is also a concern of permanent and serious jaw damage. However the way I did the knockout was to assure the safety of the Uki, and prevent damage.

Striking this pressure point shocks the brain and therefore causes dysfunction.  In this knockout because the body was out of alignment, the head back, it was easy to get the result without much impact. 

I do understand people's concerns about this knockout, as this one can be very dangerous. However that being said I have done my homework for years.

I know these pressure points inside and out. And I never strike a pressure point in a demonstration, or teaching environment just to see what happens. Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? Yes they can be very danergous!


Pressure Point GB-24

Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? Is Pressure Point Gall Bladder 24 a dangerous pressure point? OMG YES! It is however often times used for demonstrations not realizing the potential dangers of striking too hard.

GB-24 is located on the upper abdomen, directly below the nipple, in the 7th intercostal space, 4 cun (finger widths) lateral to the anterior mid-line of the chest. This area of the body, the rib cage is monitored and protected by the intercostal nerves. The intercostal nerves are part of the somatic nervous system, and arise from the anterior "rami" of the thoracic spinal nerves from "T1" to "T11." 

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

GB-24 is not the most dangerous pressure point in the area. There are several others, however a solid strike can break the ribs and cause serious lung damage. GB-24 is also an Alarm Point

Here is one more knockout, this time on GB-24 using sound as to not have the need to strike hard. Caution is required with sound. But once again I have done my homework. Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous? This is an Alarm Point and can affect the health of the organ. So again yes! 

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous?

Now that I have discussed the dangers of a few of 3 pressure points found on the body lets tie this in with the effect of a knockout. 

I have been very cautious doing knockouts as demonstration in order to prevent issues later on. In other words I have done the work! There is nothing more important than cautious, responsible training. I have seen Kyusho students do serious damage in the past and it is all unnecessary. 

So where do I begin? First and foremost understand FULLY the pressure point you intend to strike. Set the pressure point up properly so you do not need a ton of impact to get the brain dysfunction you are seeking. 

On the street is different, in Dojo responsibility is a MUST!  First, NEVER allow the Uki to free fall after a knockout. This is careless and STUPID. Leave your ego at the door.

 You cannot guarantee the fall will not result in a neck injury that may result in the Uki being paralyzed or even DEAD. You cannot have a student sign a waver to protect you against GROSS negligence! And this is GROSS negligence.

Next study resuscitation and understand it FULLY! No one will want to work with your of they feel terrible after a knockout. 

Now let's take a look at one more Pressure Point in reference to "are pressure point knockouts dangerous."

The Pressure Point Stomach 5

Pressure Point ST-09

One of the Top 10 Most Deadly Pressure Points ST-09 is NOT to be played with!

Striking this pressure point with "low to medium" force will result in a knockout due to the drastic drop in blood pressure the strike will cause.

Depending on the health of the Uki, and you NEVER really know, this can result in the heart stopping because of the drop in blood pressure. It is also possible as the blood pressure comes back quick for a stroke to occur (yes there is more to this, which I am not going into here.)

Are Pressure Point Knockouts Dangerous in Conclusion

Kyusho Article CONCLUSION

To wraps this up, the only way you should be doing knockouts is to have done the homework first!

I have heard so many times people saying "I tried using pressure points in a fight and it did not work."

Well when you do not do the work, you will not get the results PERIOD. And if you do some of the work, the result may NOT BE what you want!

Many years ago I know of a situation personally where a inexperienced man accidentally killed some playing around with ST-09. He was a Novice student in the USA.

There was an inquest and I know one of the witnesses personally. No charges were laid, but this man must live with his carelessness for the rest of his life. Not to mention the family of the man who lost his life.

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