Today I want to discuss Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts and a specific pressure point known as ST05 [Stomach 5]. For beginners to the science of pressure point self defense ST05 is an excellent launch pressure point to successful knockouts. The reason is simple. It works on about 90% of the population very well!
The first thing to understand is exactly where the pressure point is and how it must be attack. It underlies the jaw as you can see from the image below.
To attack this pressure point you must hit it up and under the jaw, across to the other side of the head.
And Two Way Action is a must to get the affect. On some people this nerve is recessed and does not respond easily. On others it is more pronounced and hyper sensitive. But for the average person this pressure point works very well with a solid strike.
Below is a video of a ST-05 knockout.
Now let's take a look at exactly how this all works. Below is an excerpt from my eBook Understanding Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts.
"The nerve for many people in this area is often exposed making it a prime target. 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. The diagram below shows the approximate place on a human skull of ST-05. Remember the area of activation is about the size of a Canadian Looney or a 1 Euro Coin.
When you hit ST-05 you need to make sure you catch the underside of the jaw also. The purpose of the nerve at this place in the jaw is to protect the integrity of the jaw bone, thus protecting the nerve and the artery and vein underlying the bone.
There are 2 possible ways or scenarios for hitting this point. One in with pure Kyusho Principle training, doing a setup using the Cycle of Destruction, or other principles. Doing a Kyusho setup is the superior way in which to attack this point because less force is required to cause the knockout. Why is this important? Generating force is a great gross movement and is more likely to miss the target. Where as a Kyusho setup is more likely to hit the target.
However, from a purely neurological stand point you can knock someone out with this point only using ONE SHOT. Sufficient force would be needed to overload the nerve and make the brain believe that the jaw bone, thus the underlying arteries, veins and nerves are in danger causing a neurological reboot of the brain."
What makes the Kyusho method superior? The body / brain will instinctively protect the head. Confusing the brain with other pressure point strikes, using the various principles available with slow down the responses of the brain, and create more opening for better targets and inevitably a neurological knockout.
This should give you a solid idea of how this pressure point works! Now if you are interested in learning more about Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts follow this link below to our 10 Video Kyusho Jitsu Mini Course. You can grab this set of videos for the price of a a few coffees!
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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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