Pressure Points


Kyusho-Jitsu- Pressure Points

This is not a new style of martial art, it was part of karate before the second world war. After the war a lot of soldiers stayed in Japan to learn the martial art namely Karate. The Japanese having just lost the war did not want to teach these westerners thier precious arts and felt disgruntled at thier presence, but due to economics they came up with a way of teaching them but not giving away all the good stuff, so they taught then the childrens art which was the basic karate that was introduced into the Japanes school curriculum by Gichin Funakoshi from the 1920's

A lot of the movements were interpreted as blocks by westerners due to the langauge barrier and the way it was taught, the monkey see the monkey do way.

The word block does not exist in Japanese, it was interpreted as that by the westerners. All the techniques were strikes to pressure points and vital points. These were hidden in the kata's of karate and only taught to close family members or trusted Japanese students who would continue to safe guard this knowledge.

Kyusho-Jitsu (Ryukyu Kempo) is the art of striking pressure points/Nerves.
They need to be activated by striking, pressing, rubbing or vibrating. Some nerves can respond in a few ways, others will only respond to pressing or just rubbing.

Pressure points for self defence is using the nerves to our advantage, in simple terms it's the body'e way of monitoring the body's condition, Pain, hot, cold or if an organ is in good condition. With the use of pressure points we can stimulate the nerves to utilize these messages sent to the brain to get the desired response i,e - a lowering of the blood pressure, pain, dizziness and/or a knock out.

We must not forget that we can use these same nerves or pressure points for healing. It is responsible for an instructor to teach the healing methods as there must always be Yin and Yang, the body must always be in total balance.

The nerves can be found in between the muscle, ligaments and/or tendons. They can also be found laying beside bones. We can make the comparison to the electical wiring or trunking which is always hidden from view e.g. The light switch you can see but the wiring is always hidden away in the wall cavity. So you can see the arm but the radial nerve is hidden between the the muscle of the arm at the location point of LI-10.
So if a person is of muscular build would be better for the pressure point practitioner as it would be very easy to locat the nerves between the muscle due to the over development.

The chest is an excellent example on a muscular person. A muscular chest reveals low fat on the side of the ribs exposing the nerves in-betwwen the ribs. On a generously formed person it can be difficult to locate the nerves. so head shots should be employed or points on the legs as the extra weight they are carrying makes them more suseptible.

Nerve/pressure points are not magic, they require time to study and practice just like anything else in life. If it was that easy then everyone would be doing them with no effort.

They are now gaining popularity and being taught by many groups in a realistic manner.
The benifits in helping Police, Prison officers or stopping the school bully are endless, but please don't just learn a few nerve points and think your protected. You still need to learn your art, keep in shape and practice them on a moving tarket.