Pressure Points – Kyusho is NOT about Light Touch


Young samurai women with Japanese sword(Katana) at sunset on the beach

In the 80’s and 90’s the pressure point systems were very badly miss sold. There was a general opinion among many martial artists that the entire idea was crap because it was promoted as being able to knockout someone out with just a light touch. Today opinion it is getting better, but we are not there yet!

The martial arts master of old were not very good at public relations. So often times the things they taught ended up misrepresented by their own students. I like telling the truth about the way things work.

In a real life situation, when I hit a point, the purpose is destruction, not a light tough.

Sadly many, many people in our world cannot reason. Maybe it is too much TV or something in the food. When you teach pressure points, or do pressure point demonstrations you MUST hit lightly or all kinds of problems will occur. You CANNOT hurt your partner!

Back a few years ago I was at a Kyusho seminar and one of the presenters, a brilliant martial arts grand master was teaching and using one of his students for an Uki. Now I don’t know why this happened, but this GM was going pretty hard on the guy. Finally in this set he hits the Uki and TW-12 and the shoulder comes apart.

The poor Uki after traveling across the world to attend this session was badly hurt, likely needed shoulder surgery and was sidelined the rest of the weekend.  The plane home must have been hell!

You can’t run a school or be successful teaching if you hospitalize all your members.

Yet some people don’t believe pressure points work because we demonstrate light touch and light touch won’t work on the street. Really? No kidding…. My head hurts when people actually believe they need to point that out!  We don’t practice with live knives in class either! That does not mean using rubber knives you cannot teach you to be effective!

In this Mondays Vidcast I am going to talk of one of my real life incidents. Kyusho Jitsu World Vidcast for Monday March 20th is the episode coming.

Have a great day!

About the Author Grand Master Art

Grand Master Art Mason is a professional full time martial artists and Kyusho Jitsu teacher. He is available for seminars and study groups. He resides in Brasov Romania

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  • Cecil says:

    Good points. I told my students we also don’t learn to shoot guns by killing each other with live amo or by putting human beings in front of the targets.

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