Pressure Point Basics [Kyusho Jitsu]

Pressure Point Basics

Pressure Point Basics

Pressure Point Basics

Without a solid understanding of Pressure Point Basics it is almost impossible to be successful using them.  This is a reason that the art of Kyusho Jitsu is often criticized. it is simply a LACK of understanding of how things actually work. 

So today let's break this down a little!

Exactly what is a pressure points?

A pressure point is a place on the body where a nerve ends, branches off like a "Y" or crosses/overlaps with another.  There are 350 plus pressure points on the body. But only a percentage of them are usable for self defense purposes.  If you read this article it will explain the 5 Most Important Pressure Points

Pressure Points of the Arm

Pressure Points of the Arm

You will also find pressure points around any joint in the body. The knees are one of the best examples. 

How do they work?

To attack a pressure point you need to attack them a certain way. Each point has a correct angle and direction of attack. If you do it wrong, it just will not work very well. But this is not as daunting a task as it first may see to be.

The angle of attack is always 45 degrees. And if you seriously study self defense movement you will understand the power of angles! Here is a reference if you would like to know more about this topic.

The next thing you need to do is use what is called 2 Way Action. This assures activation of the pressure point and is therefore an important part of pressure point basics. Here is a detailed explanation of 2 Way Action for you.

But if you do not want to read that right now. Here is a short video on 2 Way action.


How big is a pressure points?
Area of Activation of a Pressure Point

Area of Activation of a Pressure Point

As we continue with pressure point basics we will now look at the size of a pressure point. The size, for the purposes of acupuncture is that of the head of a pen. This is a very small area!  But for our purposes in Kyusho Jitsu we are only concerned with activation area. That is the size of a loony (Canadian dollar) or a Silver Dollar in the USA.

Most of all imagine that there are 8 of those taped on a persons arm. This covers the most easily accessible pressure points. Are you going to tell me you cannot hit any of these? If so you need to train more!

Types of Pressure Points

There are 3 types of pressure points that also need to be learned! They fall into these 3 categories.

  1. Touch Points - These are activated with a simply "touch." Please note this does not mean a "light touch."  A press would be a better word to explain it!
  2. Rub Points - This is a similar idea, however with a different type of action. 
  3. Strike Points - For self defense purposes these are usually the most focused up point pressure points.

Do pressure point basics sound complicated? They really are not as long as you fo step by step! 

What is a Meridian?
12 Meridians of the Body

12 Meridians of the Body

A meridian is an energy pathway that exists in the body where pressure points are found. This part of the discussion now goes to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. But for the purpose of pressure point basics I am only going to mention this. You can read more about acupuncture here.  This link is to a Wikipedia article, which tend to be biased, but it gives you a basic idea.

There are a total of 12 different meridians on the human body, then these are reflected on each side. Therefore depending on how you want to look at them, you can say there are 24. Each meridian has a specific number of pressure points, and distinctly different characteristics. There are also 2 Vessels, Conception and Governor.

How does this all work?

This is where people who "try" pressure points get lost. They do not understand pressure point basics, and therefore fail when they try to use them. First we are dealing with NERVES. The human body is a mass of nerves, all with certain characteristics and purposes. 

The pressure points of interest are of interest because of the function of the nerve they are associated with. Now you do not need to know every nerve on the body and what they do. That is not pressure point basics. But it comes in handy in advanced and master level study.

Re-stomp the Groin

We all know this saying! Master Ken and Ameri-Do-Te, Plus this is a favorite area of attack for many martial art and self defense systems. 

But why does it work?

Is there something special about the testicles? No, there is a nerve bundle there! The testicles really don't hurt, the nerves report possible damage to the brain, in the form of terrible PAIN. 

But.....

There is a very important pressure point there! Conception One. This is why a groin strike works on both male and female. But no, "pressure points don't work!" [sarcasm]

Testicles are MAGIC? 

Sorry "Nay Sayers!" You do not know what you are talking about! But keep trolling! If it help you feel important. 

Understanding Pressure Point Basics!
Pressure Point Basics

Pressure Point Basics

When you understand pressure point basics and build your skills upon them you get a result! You get a predictable result. This is why we call it the science of pressure point self defense.

Do you want to learn more?

Then I have 2 great options for you! One is our 30 Day Free Video Kyusho Jitsu Mini Course.  Below is a link to learn more.

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5 Best Knockout Pressure Points

5 BEST Knockout Pressure Points

5 Best Knockout Pressure Points

5 Best Knockout Pressure Points

So today lets talk about neurological knockouts and what the the 5 BEST Knockout Pressure Points. Now what do I mean when I say knockout pressure points?  These are pressure points that CAN result in a neurological knockout when they are the ONLY points struck. No setup required!

No setup? Really????

I know you are used to people talking about setting up pressure point knockouts, and that is the VERY best way to go! However I will explain more about that later in the article. But, you also need to know pressure points that will cause a knockout with one hit! This is especially important in self defense! An attack must end FAST. Most of all this helps to assure your success. If you do the work! 

How does this happen?

Time for some anatomy lessons! There are pressure points in the body that lie in very critical places.  When you get down to basics, Kyusho Jitsu is really simply nerve strikes. So if we are just hitting nerves why do we need this long study? Because the study, the science behind pressure point self defense, and knockout pressure points helps increase the odds of success. Especially if the target you want to not available when you want it!

So lets get started shall we?

Top 5 Knockout Pressure Points


knockout pressure points

knockout pressure points

1) Stomach 5 - This tends to be everyone's "go to" knockout pressure point. The reason this point is so important is the nerve in most people is very accessible. For some it is deeper and less effective.  This is biology, not training!

To reach the nerve which is part of the Mandibular Branch of nerves your need to use 2-Way Action and strike in and to the back of the opposite side of the head. You may also strike it to the front and across to the other side. In this area, there is also a branch of the Internal Jugular Vein These nerves and veins are on the underside area of the jaw, protected by the jaw itself.


2) Gall Bladder 20 & Bladder 10 -  I am putting these 2 points together because of their close proximity and similar nerve patterns. Gallbladder 20 is another of the favorite points for Kyusho Jitsu practitioners for head knockouts. This point lies in the 2 hollows at the base of the back of the skull.

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Gall Bladder 20 & Bladder 10



Now GB-20 is a Wood element point that is hit up and in to the other side of the head. The direction “up” assumes the person to be standing like the illustration. This point along with Bladder 10 are excellent knockout points mostly due to being at the back of the head near the spinal column.

And...


In this area run the Greater and Lesser Occipital Nerves. There is also a large but thin mass of muscle in the area, up into the head and down to the shoulder area. The 2 nerves while serving many functions also help to protect the integrity of the spinal columns connection to the skull.

A hard-enough blow can tear the muscles and therefore cause a tear in the spinal cord. Permanent paralysis and death can occur under the right conditions.

3) Large Intestine 18 - Not as popular but incredibly effective LI-18 is therefore on my list! This point lies at the center of the side of the neck as shown in the diagram below. You can map it directly below, straight down from TW-17.

Striking in and straight across will cause intense pain and if there is setup done it will take little effort for a knockout. As a stand alone point a knockout can be obtained but the best result will come if you can secure the neck with the other hand.

From the standpoint of the nervous system we are once again attacking the lesser occipital nerve. This nerve has many functions as mentioned previously and a hard strike will basically overload it and cause the attacker to go unconscious.

Cool eh?

4) Spleen 21 - This is one of the MOST, if not the MOST DANGEROUS knockout pressure points on the body. Death can result from hard strike especially on the left side of the body due to the proximity of the heart. The point is located on the lateral aspect of the chest, on the mid-axillary line, in the 6th intercostal space.

The reason this, and other body points are knockout pressure points is because the brain and the nervous system will ALWAYS protect the integrity of the ribs, and assure the safety of the lungs. 

5) Spleen 11 - Yes, if you know your pressure points you will fast realize this is a LEG point. You can knockout someone out with one shot to this point if you hit it correctly, and HARD ENOUGH!

How does this happen? This knockout pressure points lies on the femur in close proximity to the femoral artery. If this point is hit with enough force there is a good chance the leg with break. With the potential of a rupture to the femoral artery as a result! Therefore this overload with cause a neurological knockout! 

Here is a REAL knockout on SP-11

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That is right! You can learn all this and more! Plus be able to perform these knockouts under stress. But you need training! 

How do you begin?

The first thing I will tell you is this is only the beginning! There are many, many more great knockout pressure points across the body!

What I have written for you here today is actually excerpts from my eBook Understanding Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts.  This book has been called the Grey's Anatomy of Kyusho Jitsu!

Would you like to learn more about this fascinating, and important aspect of the science of pressure point self defense? Follow this link below and read more about Understanding Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts.

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My Kyusho Black Belt Journey

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Kyusho Black Belt

Kyusho Black Belt

Kyusho Black Belt

My journey to getting a Kyusho Black Belt began way back in 2002 when I attended my very first George Dillman seminar. The seminar was hosted by Steve Stewart in London Ontario. I was excited and fascinated to go. I had seen a Kempo master perform a knockout once before, but I was not convinced what I was seeing was possible, 

Little did I know how wrong I could be!

After that fateful Saturday afternoon I was hooked and wanted to learn more. Not because of the knockouts, but rather the increase in pain I could get in my joint locks by making small chances to include pressure point manipulation.

Why was this so important to me? After 20 years of working on an assembly line at Chrysler my hand had suffered a lot of damage. Kyusho Jitsu gave me back what I lost there. 

My History in Martial Arts

Aging Martial Artists Circa 1993

Philip's School 1993 - 4th from left

Because to many martial artists, masters and grand masters history and/or linage is very important. I want to include a little about mine.  I began my martial arts career back on November 10th 1984 in the Chung Oh's systems of Hapkido / Taekwondo in Windsor Ontario Canada.  This was an old world school, with a combination focus on self defense and tournament fighting [TKD style].

However rather then spend about 5000 words in this post to talk about all this history, if you are interested you can follow this LINK. It leads to a series of posts on the History of The Peaceful Warriors Martial Arts Institute in Canada.

Getting My Kyusho Black Belt

After the seminar in London as I have said before I was hooked!  I registered for GM Steward's study group and prepared for fall when the classes would begin! 

I am not going to give you all the details of driving back and forth to London each month. Nor talk about the 3 hour sessions of Kyusho Jitsu we had.  I am sure you can figure out for yourself the work involved in study.

But what I want to talk of is something that today I find humorous.  That is my first session.  GM Stewart had a rule. There were 12 sessions, you HAD to attend 11 or you would not grade.  On my very first session I broke all the rules to make sure I could attend!

Now I operated my own school, that ran 6 days per week. But that was not an issued. I could cover classes while I was gone. No, the woman I was in a relationship and I had purchased a house. And my first class was on moving day!  I got a truck, found some students and parent to help move. And I was off to London!

Apparently that is a relationship "no no." She did not say a word about it to me. But the relationship crashed and burned about 6 months later.  This is one reason I am sometimes called the "king of broken relationships."

3rd Dan Grading with GM Steve Stewart

3rd Dan Grading with GM Steve Stewart

My dedication to what I was doing had not bounds! But I got my Kyusho Black Belt.

Today is Simpler

I would not say that getting a Kyusho Black Belt is any easier, but it has become simpler.  And there is good reason for it. The advances in video streaming and access to information has truly revolutionized everything!

But you still have to do the work! If this is something that interests you I have a great way for you to achieve this!

Novice Kyusho Jitsu Home Study Course

Back in 2009 I created the Kyusho Jitsu Home Study Course. It was a tremendous hit! Since that time I have updated,  and make it an all inclusive certification course for the motivated martial artists who wished to keep learning. Most of all everything is here for you to learn and grade for a 1st Dan Kyusho Black Belt.

Right now for a limited time you can save a bundle of money too! Follow the link below and read all about the course, and how it will benefit everything you do in your martial arts study.

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Humane Pressure Points in Today’s World

Humane Pressure Points in Today's World

Humane Pressure Points in Today's World

Humane Pressure Points in Today's World

Self Defense has become an important subject and so Humane Pressure Points in Today's World have become critical to understand.  Everyday people are arrested for defending themselves, and many times the ""perp"" is freed because his "rights" have been violated!  

It is a sad but true reflection on society today.  Here is a story from the UK that expresses this issue. Is there a solution?

Yes there is! Read on!

Understanding Our Society Today

We live in a surveillance culture first of all. This is something we all need to understand and accept because you are not going to change it! During an altercation there is always someone watching.

Here is a great example from the terrorist attack in Toronto last week. A guy videoing the police confrontation with the attacker rather than taking cover! Had the police officer shot this man, well you can imagine how the media would have wanted to attack the officer for brutality!

Understanding and Accessing Risk

The next thing that needs to be understood is the levels of threat or risk. I hear often from martial artists how they will "do this or that" and all of it is excessive!  You can only use "reasonable force" right of wrong. And being wrong can land you in JAIL. 

You need to know your local laws and train for the different RISK FACTORS.

This is why you need Humane Pressure Point Tactics Training!

What is Humane Pressure Point Tactics About?

Humane Pressure Points

Humane Pressure Points

H.P.P.T for short is a 3 Level Course that covers understanding risk and threat level factors and using the proper amount of force for the given situation. The first level which launches on June 15th 2018 at Kyusho Jitsu University will cover the following topics. 

  • Basic anatomy with reference to painful pressure points
  • ​Using angles to control a disruptive person therefore prevent attack
  • Removing a disruptive person from the ​area.
  • Restraining a disruptive person until the authorities arrive
  • Assessing situations for use of proper force.
  • Level One will deal exclusively with low level situations working to prevent them from escalating!  This is one of the major areas many martial artists and fighters get into deep trouble with the law. 

    Most of all this is a full certificate certification course for the student and the instructor alike. I am hoping that the instructors will be teaching this course in their own Dojo, and can do so with the full backing of the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance.

    Who is this course for?

    This course is for the martial arts, self defense expert, or anyone concerned about the state of our streets today.  It is perfect for:

    • Any Dojo owner or instructor looking to expand their self defense knowledge in an industry dominated by sport competition.
    • A self starting person who finishes what they are doing.
    • Some who is opened minded to learn and still "teachable."

    So are you interested in learning more? Follow the link below and it will tell you all you need to know about this epic course!  There is also a great deal for preregistration.

    ​​​​​Today understanding risk, and being vigilant in your training is more important than ever before.  Here is a link to another article on Humane Pressure Point Tactics that will also help you to fully understand how important this training is going to be. 

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    Fact! Pressure Point Self Defense WORKS

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    ​Pressure Point Self Defense WORKS

    Pressure Point Self Defense


    ​Pressure Point Self Defense
    H.P.P.T Class in Canada

    The fact is Pressure Point Self Defense WORKS! Plan and simple, however you do have to know what you are doing in order to make it work.  Today I am going to give you a true life personal example.

    There was a BIG party being held at a local pub back in 2011 I believe it was. They were relocating to a new place down the road. This was closing day for the old one, and so there was a celebration. I joined my son at about 7:00pm there for dinner, and spend the evening with a few drinks and some friends. It was a great time!

    A Disruptive Person

    We all know that alcohol consumption tends to have 2 effects. It makes the person and happy and silly, or angry and miserable. In this case it made a man there, lets call him Tom a little on the aggressive side.

    I was sitting at a big table late in the evening with Tom beside me. There were about 12 people at this particular table. As things often due the subject turned political. I hate when this happens because politics can turn a good man or woman stupid, especially when booze is in the picture.

    Tom was arguing with a young woman across the table, she said something that set him off. He stood up and reached across the table for her. Yeah he is a ​piece of crap, but there is a story to that too!

    What Happened Next

    So what happened next was I stood and redirected Tom's ​right hand towards me, which was open and ​took a finger lock,  very easily with his index finger. From here my left hand went in for support, and I pressed on PC-6, while applying low pressure to the lock, enough cause pain and control him. He screamed and I told him "firmly" to sit his ass down NOW!

    Finger Lock

    Finger Lock

    I then told him very strongly "Tom you don't want to do this, because if you do it again I am going to throw you through that F***ing window." Tom was then told by management it was time to go home. They put him a taxi and no one say him for several months.  

    FACT Pressure Point Self Defense WORKS!

    ​Bad Situation Contained

    Now this could have very easily become a police matter. Perhaps it should have. But I really did not want a nice evening destroyed by one drunk, especially over a stupid political discussion.​​​​​ What controlled the​​​​ situation was Humane Pressure Point Tactics, a dedicated serious training to understand and control "bad" situations. Therefore keeping them from getting worse!

    Without the training I had, this confrontation may have gone very bad, resulting is serious injury, to Tom not me, and police involvement.  The best part was about a year later Tom and I sat and had a drink together. I had a beer and he had a virgin drink. Tom stopped drinking. Nice end to things for all concerned.

    Understanding Escalation

    Understanding how and why situations escalate is a critical part of serious self defense training. ​​Most of all being able to control a bad situation before ​they gets worse.  ​And then because of this understanding being able to switch gears with the appropriate force necessary to deal with ​any escalation.  

    From what I see in the wild few martial artists understand this. Even fewer can apply it!

    This is where Humane Pressure Point Tactics come into play!

    ​Getting a Proper Pressure Point Education

    You can look at self defense and threat at several different levels. But lets just look at 3 for the moment.

    1. Low escalation, which is what I described above.
    2. Medium escalation, which is approaching serious and requires a FAST resolution.  The best solution being a Neurological Knockout.
    3. Serious, which is life and death and requires very specific training to handle.

    In a later articles I will discuss the other 3.  However for your reading pleasure take a look at this article on the 13 Misconceptions about Knife Attacks written by a real former Detroit police officer.

    However back on topic today we are talking about dealing with the low escalation and how pressure point self defense can help you to handle these kinds of situations. Beginning in June of this year we are going to be offering very specialize training course at Kyusho Jitsu University.

    Humane Pressure Point Tactics

    Humane Pressure Point Tactics

    There will be a total of 3 Levels of what is called Humane Pressure Point Tactics. Below is a link so you can learn more about this very special training. The exact system I used in the example true story above!

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    5 Most Important Pressure Points [Striking]

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    Pressure Points of the Head

    Pressure Points of the Head

    ​5 Most Important Pressure Points

    Today I want to talk about the 5 Most Important Pressure Points for striking when it comes to Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense. Now before I get into this deeper I want to talk about an article I saw yesterday on Wikipedia. The reason is that Wikipedia does not care about accuracy, as they accept authority from those who do not know. ​ 

    One reason for the Encyclopedia of Kyusho Jitsu!

    The ​article I saw was that pressure points do not need to be hit hard. ​This is false! They need to be hit hard.  But not when working with an Uki. But you can see the massive amount of misinformation that is out there! I have offer to fix these articles, but received no response.

    But on to the 5 Most Important Pressure Points!

    1) Large Intestine 10 [Li-10]

    How Pressure Points Work

    ​Large Intestine 10

    The reason I have chosen this as the first pressure point is because it is an arm point. Since the arms come forward during any attack LI-10 becomes critical. This pressure point is struck in and down using 2 Way Action like an arrow. It causes great pain and for the hand to go numb and open. Very useful for ​dealing with an attacker holding a weapon. 

    2) Stomach 5 [ST-05]

    Pressure Points of the Head

    Pressure Points of the Head

    This is everyone's favorite pressure point because it is a great knockout point. You need to hit it correctly to get the result however. This point is hit up towards the far side of the skull, again using 2 Way Action. One some people depending on the structure of the jaw the nerve can be somewhat hidden. While on other people it is hyper exposed. This point works very well on about 80 percent of the people I have tested it on.

    ​3) Gall Bladder 20 [GB-20]

    Learn Pressure Point Knockouts

    Learn Pressure Point Knockouts

    This is another favorite knockout point for many practitioners of the science of pressure point self defense Kyusho Jitsu. It is found at the back of the head, as per the diagram above. You can also see where this point lies with reference to the Greater Occipital Nerve. This nerve among other things protects the integrity of the head to the spinal column. Thus making this a very effect pressure point if hit correctly. You strike in and up towards the far side of the skull, using 2 Way Action. Therefore making GB-20 one of the most important pressure points.

    4) Spleen 11 [SP-11]

    Kyusho Setup Points

    ​Spleen Meridian

    Next on our list of important pressure points is SP-11. This point is located on the Yin side of the leg, halfway between the groin and the knee. It is hit straight in like an arrow to the other side. On​ a heavy person, with their weight on this leg it will release the knee, causing the person to fall depending on weight distribution and dislocate the knee. This pressure point can also be used to cause a knockout under ​certain conditions. Please follow this link to learn more about Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts and how they work. 

    Kyusho Setup Point Spleen 6

    Kyusho Setup Point Spleen 6

    5) Spleen 6 [SP-06]

    Located about 2 inches above the ankle bone on the inside of the leg SP-06 is another important pressure point.  It can be used to bring an attacker down very quickly if struck when they have the majority of their weight on the foot in question. On a heavy person this can cause the ankle to shatter during the fall.

    ​The pressure points chosen for this article are because of their relative ease of access for most martial arts styles. They do not represent by any means the most deadly of pressure points. I will cover that is another article. Here is a link to another article on understanding Pressure Point attack angle and direction

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    Self Defense & Terror Attacks [Toronto]

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    ​Self Defense & Terror Attacks [Toronto]

    Self Defense & Terror Attacks [Toronto]

    Self Defense & Terror Attacks [Toronto]

    The topic of Self Defense & Terror Attacks is a complicated one.  As I am sure you are now aware there was a "terror" attack on Yonge Street North in Toronto [North York] on Monday April 23rd. A man drove a white van down the sidewalk kill 10 and injuring another 15 at the last count. Here is a link to CTV News regarding this attack. 

    Could something have been done?

    From the information available thus far most likely nothing could have been done to prevent this. At least as far as I have seen there is little to no talk about "social media" clues of him having issues. But it is really beyond the scope of this blog to find answers to these complicated questions.

    But there is one thing we can say!

    The man was seriously mentally ill. And this is becoming a BIG problem.  Whether it is a radical religious or political view, or the man was just homicidal because of personal issues, the result would have been the same. What can we do? Outlaw vans? No we need personal solutions for the other times these things happen.

    Knife attacks last night.

    Toronto is a big city. About 2.7 million people these days. It is a beautiful city too! Being that I am Canadian, from Windsor Ontario I have spent a lot of time in Toronto. I love the city!  In a city that size and with the stats for crime in Canada there was likely a knife attack.

    We can't stop a van, but a knife?

    The only thing you can do when someone is coming at you with a truck is get out of the way. But there are skills the martial artist can acquire for the "one on one" situations including knife attacks. And yes Kyusho Jitsu is part of this scenario.

    First I will tell you that there are many things martial artists believe about knife defense that is simply not true. So I refer you to an article written by a police officer about this sunject. Here is a link to read more.

    There are no guarantees

    Successful self defense has no guarantees! In fact there are no guarantees in life. However you can prepare for as many situations as possible. That is part of what martial arts training is supposed to be about. This is why in my teaching I cover a broad base, and relate it all back to the science of pressure point self defense [Kyusho Jitsu].

    The entire idea or process behind martial arts training is to not just prepare the body for self defense situations, but also prepare the mind.  Doing this will always increase your odds, and increasing odds is all we can do!

    Psychology

    In order to be successful in self defense one must prepare the mind! This requires some very specific training, and most of all "thinking" to get the jobs done. This link here will send you to my Kyusho Jitsu eBook website where your can grab a FREE copy of the first chapter of my Psychology of Self Defense eBook. Click here to download now.

    Preparing the Mind

    ​I hope you read the article linked above on the 13 Misconceptions of a Knife Attack because it far more likely this type of Self Defense & Terror Attack situation will happen then a van coming at you. Chance favors the prepared mind, and we need to training hard and remain vigilant in our training.

    Today the world is an unpredictable place, and self defense needs to be taken very seriously. The good news is that adding the science of pressure point self defense to your current system of training will enhance everything you do. And increase your effectiveness, thus your odds of success.

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    Important Pressure Points

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    ​Pressure Points

    Pressure Points of the Arm

    Pressure Points of the Arm

    Today I was thinking about the pressure points I will be adding reference too in the Encyclopedia of Kyusho Jitsu. Now I have already added Alarm Points, Associated Alarm Points as well as Special Alarm Points. However I want to add a good reference for certain "regular" pressure points that could be considered as "important" or critical to learn. Therefore I am asking for a little help.

    I am getting myself in deep here! But I do want this to be the premier Kyusho Jitsu reference on the planet.

    Points to add

    So the following pressure points will be part of this reference.

    • ​St-05
    • GB-20
    • TW-17
    • BL-10
    • ​LI-18
    • ST-09,10
    • SI-16
    • LU-10
    • ​LU-5
    • PC-06
    • TW-11
    • TW-12
    • ​SP-21
    • SP-11
    • GB-31
    • SP-06

    ​Now I have excluded Alarm and Associated Alarm Points from this list. Plus I did it so the layout here would work too. But aside from that what other points should I give specific references too? What ones would you like to see referenced as part of the Encyclopedia Of Kyusho Jitsu?

    Please comment below and tell me what else I should add! If you are not yet familiar with the Encyclopedia of Kyusho Jitsu use the link below and read more.

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    Expanding Kyusho Jitsu Teachings

    ​Expanding Kyusho Jitsu Teachings

    Expanding Kyusho Jitsu Teachings

    ​Expanding Kyusho Jitsu Teachings

    I am very pleased that we are expanding Kyusho Jitsu teachings across the world! This weekend we added another country, ​Chile in South America. You can read more about that right here.

    One of the reasons I view this as so very important is that the science of pressure point self defense, when practiced by dedicated martial artists WORKS. And in today's world of ever increasing problems effective self defense becomes more and more important. ​Therefore the role of the Kyusho Jitsu Teacher cannot be overstated! Martial Artists teaching Kyusho Jitsu locally to students, special self defense calls and children is over critical importance. And it needs to be spread without the politics so often associated with these kinds of programs.

    Creating Teachers

    Because creating qualified, certified Kyusho Jitsu teachers across the planet is my goal and mandate. And I know this means that I must be heavily involved in this process. Answering questions and providing support along the way. When a student asks a question I NEVER send them to an FAQ. I answer the question.

    So ​right now I am offering an unprecedented chance to get in on the ground floor.

    ​But I am up to this challenge!

    Growing an organization like the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance requires good people, dedicated to what they do, who want to make a different in the industry. We have those people here in the KJWA.

    Are you a motivated martial artists? Would you be interested in joining us and becoming a Certified Kyusho Jitsu Instructor? Right now I have torn the barriers down to do this. ​ There has never been a better time! The usual cost of Level One Instructor Certification is $997! But right now you can get this all inclusive course for ONLY $97! Plus I am even offer ​to divide this up into 3 payments. Therefore now is the time to act!

    If this is something you would like to do now is the time! The price will never be lower, however it will not remain this low much longer either!

    Ground Floor Opportunity

    Follow the link below and learn more about our Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance Instructor Certification Courses. Currently Level One and Level Two are being offered at $900 each! No experience is necessary! This is a complete A-Z training! 

    Follow these link below and learn more!

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    Kyusho Jitsu’s Yin & Yang Hands

    Kyusho Jitsu's Yin & Yang Hands

    ​Kyusho Jitsu's Yin & Yang Hands

    ​Kyusho Jitsu's Yin and Yang Hands

    What are Kyusho Jitsu's Yin and Yang Hands?  These are a set of 6 different hand positions coming from various ancient martial arts. Sometime referred to as Ji Hands. This is some really cool stuff! So why do I not talk about it? Because I am breaking it down to a different level.

    ​From my understanding of this there are 6 different hand positions. They are all mechanically very sound and work quiet well! But they work for very specific reasons. This has to do with 2 things.

    1. The understanding of the Principle of Yin & Yang
    2. ​Plus the proper use of 2 Way Action

    So why do I not teach it directly? Mostly because I am more concerned about the real life self defense street aspects of Kyusho Jitsu and not the addition of tradition forms from other martial arts. However the hand positions are very easy to find if you wish to learn them. 

    ​Most of all these hand positions will do you no good without a solid understanding of the Principle of Yin and Yang, plus 2 Way Action in all your strikes and/or joint manipulation work. Here is a short video on 2 Way Action.

    Yin and Yang Hands

    Now the hands are an interesting subject. The are both Yin on one side and Yang on the other. Plus the transition areas. However this is too much to be able to cover in a single blog post. I do however have an excellent video on the subject of the Principle of Yin & Yang that goes into great details on the many aspects of it! Follow the link below and read more!

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