Why are Pressure Point Strikes Painful? Are they all painful or only a few? How do I know which one causes the most pain? How do i need to strike a pressure point to cause enough pain to be effective in self defense?
All great questions! So let get to it and answer each one!
Pressure Points are painful due to their proximity to certain nerves.
And this will also depend on how dense the muscle tissue is withing the area.
As an example, a very painful pressure point of the leg is GB-31. Let's look at GB-31 or Gall Bladder 31.
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The Pressure Point GB-31 is located on the mid-line of the lateral aspect of the thigh, 7 cun above the transverse Popliteal Artery "crease."
When a person is standing erect with hands by their sides, the pressure point is located where the tip of the middle finger touches the leg.
There are many different effects from striking this pressure point. But we are talking about pain, so I will stay on topic.
As an example driving your knee into this point with the attacker have his weight on that leg will effectively crush the nerve into the bone.
The brain will interpret this at possible damage to the Popliteal artery and react very strongly.
It is very common for this strike to cause muscle tears as well, due to the brains reaction. The attacker will no long be able to walk.
The answer to this is both yes and no. Can you think of anyplace on the body that when damaged does not cause pain? However this being said it depends on if the pressure point can be successful struck and how much protection the area has with muscle tissues and fat.
The are many pressure points on the abdomen, in this heavily muscled area, that are not worth any attention. But where there is a strength there is a weakness. This means there will be a pressure point in the vicinity that will cause intense pain.
I have a very different definition of certain terms used today, so let's begin here. As I stated above when asking why are Pressure Point Strikes Painful we need an understanding of human anatomy.
As an example many martial artists refer to striking "vital" places on the body. Example are the "eyes" "groin" etc. The issue with this idea is that the brain will instinctively protect these "vital" places. And this WILL AFFECT the effectiveness of your strike!
Let's look at the eyes as an example. What happens when someone or something comes close to your eyes? They SHUT right? This protects the eyes and actually does a decent job of it. When this line of defense fails, or is perceived to fail the head will turn.
The brain will close the eyes to protect them, but not defend this pressure point!
And there are many pressure points on the face you can use! All still in the area of the eyes.
So if you want to be really effective and get a great result from striking pressure points. Learn the body's anatomy well!
This is pretty basic too! You begin by reverse engineering your martial art style or system. Where are your striking? What areas of the body?
From there you reference the pressure points in the area and what functions they have. This will give you a clear picture of which pressure point strikes will be the most painful.
Now the answer to the direct question is, your then strike HARD, with 2 Way Action and then you will get a result!
Pain is not the only result of striking pressure points. There are many, like brain dysfunction that can occur depending on the pressure points being used.
These dysfunctions include, paralysis, unconsciousness and even death. You can learn more about which pressure point does what from my book Kyusho Pressure Point Anatomy.
Question! Do you have a favorite pressure point to strike to cause pain? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear about your experiences! And if you have a moment please take a look at the Encyclopedia of Kyusho Jitsu!
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