Lets get down to this question now, are Pressure Point Knockouts real? If you google this question you will see a dozen videos of people preforming pressure point knockouts but NO solid information about exactly how this can happen.
This is a knockout based on a Neurological Event as a result of a pressure point [nerve bundle] being stimulated. But there are things we need to understand, to really be able to answer this question conclusively.
Concussions are caused by blunt trauma to the head resulting in bruising or damage to one or more areas of the brain. This happens as the brain collides with the inside of the skull.
A concussion can be caused by heavy impact to the skull such as a martial arts strike, a fall, car accident, etc. However trauma does not always cause unconsciousness, but when it does it is a neurological event. Therefore these are very dangerous and can result in death.
A neurological knockout is caused by a short circuit, overload, or imbalance in the central nervous system. [involving both the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.
Therefore this can be done using Kyusho Jitsu techniques.
And these may also be caused by extreme stress, emotions, shock, or extreme trauma to any area of the body. [A broken bone or crushed limb for example]. Neurological knockouts also occur due to excessive use of drugs or alcohol.
This type of knockout is caused by limiting the oxygen supply to the brain. Therefore this can be caused by choking or strangulation involving the air supply, the flow of blood or both. These can also be caused by impact to veins or arteries. Which cause a disruption in the flow of blood, possibly dislodging plaque from the arterial walls causing clots.
This is part of the Dim Mak system of training.
The idea of pressure point knockouts is to attack the neurological system directly. This is done rather than just using the idea of blunt trauma. Therefore making neurological pressure point knockouts much more effective than other means.
It is important to note that all knockouts, no matter which of the 3 listed above are brain events. Death is also a neurological event. So, why would someone not wish to take advantage of this in self defense?
There is a problem with many of the pressure point knockouts videos on the Internet. They simply give the watcher the wrong impression. This causes controversy and bad mouthing because of lack of understanding. People prefer gossip over learning, and so questions are not asked.
The argument made by many "self defense experts" and I use that term loosely is they compare an MMA knockout to a pressure point knockout. They see the "light" hit from the Kyusho student and then make the claim it won't work!
No shit? Really? [sarcasm]
Do you know the average lifespan of a MMA fighter is 18 months? By this time they have accumulated so many serious injuries they need to stop. So in self defense training NO ONE with a brain is going to power strike ST-05 to demonstrate a KNOCKOUT. Who wants a partner with a fractured, or broken jaw?
Therefore setup is done so that a light strike can be used to demonstrate the affect of the nerve attack. On the street, if the opportunity to strike Stomach 5 comes up, you would hit it as hard as the situation allows!
Below is an example of a pressure point knockout with a full explanation below.
How was this possible?
Very simply really. I attacked pressure point Spleen 11, which is associated with the femoral nerve, which lies on the femur bone. As mentioned in the explanation of neurological knockout above, a knockout can occur due to a broken bone. This is common for the Femur also!
Because of the risk of rupture of the femoral artery if this bone breaks, the kick correctly placed will cause an overload of the nervous system This causes a neurological knockout.
I only used about 30 percent power in the kick. How did I get a result? I took him off balance first, which occupied the brain, therefore making it easier to overload the system.
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I also have an article on the Top 5 Pressure Points to use for knockouts. This is a very informative article and really a must read! We also have an excellent eBook on Understanding Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts.
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Yours in the arts,
Grand Master Art Mason
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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