It has been a while since I last featured a pressure point in an article. So today I am going to have a look at a favorite, that is Pressure Point LI-20 [Large Intestine]. Why do I like this one? Because it is a powerful pressure point of the face, that yields some excellent results if you access it correctly. So lets have a look!
LI-20 is located in the nasolabial groove, at the level of the midpoint of the lateral border of the ala nasal in the quadratus labii superior muscle, in its deep position at the border of the aperture piriformis.
I have done several knockouts using this pressure point as the result is very consistent. This is not a dangerous pressure point, but because the meridian crosses the body (the only meridian to cross the body) the brain becomes very confused because of the strike. Pressing is also very painful! Especially if done while supporting the back of the head sealing at GB-20 or BL-10. The activation is in and down with 2 Way Action.
Sealing causes a disruption of energy where the energy remains in the head, mid skull. This bouncing effect causes an increase in pain. Leverage can also be applied in this situation to increase effectiveness as well. This is the body mechanics element of the activation of the pressure point.
LI-20 is not a nerve pressure point like ST-05 is. This is an energy transfer pressure point. However it is in very close proximity to an excellent nerve pressure point is Extraordinary Pressure Points M-Hn-9.
However LI-20 is an excellent knockout pressure point because it crosses the center of the body. Anytime mid-line is cross this causes an issue or dysfunction in the brain which will cause confusion and a reboot if there is enough confusion.
Below is a video of an LI-20 knockout I did a while back.
You can demonstrate the effect of a cross body condition by having the Uki with their hands at their sides. Strike a pressure point like ST-05 lightly.
Then have the Uki cross body with one hand, but the hand not touching the body. Then tap ST-05 once again.
You will see a dramatic increase in affect.
This is caused by the "corpus callosum" and the fact that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vica-versa.
In a grappling position this can be a wonderfully effective pressure point if you can keep your cool and access it.
But that is why we are training right?
In the knockout above, LI-20 would not be my choice of pressure points. However in that class I was teaching theories.
These theories are an important learning tool in the science of pressure point self defense Kyusho Jitsu. This is because these teaching open the mind to see the possibilities available to it. This is how unconscious movement is created.
Have you had any experience with Pressure Point LI-20? Or have you experimented with cross body movement? If yes please tell me about it here!. Of i you have any question please feel free to ask!
Self Defense systems today are VERY top heavy. And there is nothing wrong with that, because it never hurts to learn more.
However in application you will quickly discover the issues of these systems.
Self Defense is NOT stand and FIGHT. II is about movement.
Back many years ago I trained in a self defense system that was very effective right out of the box. The teacher, and he was a teacher not an instructor, told me the movements I used in my Dojo would not work.
He showed me what to do, but I could not stop doing what I had spent years training.in. Finally he said let's do a full out attack and I will prove your system does not work. The Uki attacked, I moved and countered and the teacher said "keep doing what you are doing it works."
Self Defense is about DEFENSE. This means moving to a safe position FIRST. Checkout my new certificate course. Kyusho Octagon Principles here.
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