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Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts ST05

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Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts ST05

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.

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts ST05

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts ST05

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.

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Below is a video of a ST-05 knockout. 

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts - How ST05 Works

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.

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts ST05

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts ST05

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts ST05

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.

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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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How Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts Work

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts

How do Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts work?  There are many people who ask this question online daily.  I monitor the Google Search results and see this phrase non stop.  Many people have opinions, and it is just that "opinions."  But the ones who say it does not work have simply not done the work or the research.

To those people I have no comment, I am not trying to convince any disbeliever.  I am talking to those who wish to truly understand what the FACTS are.

The Nervous System

Have you ever hit your "funny bone?" It is not funny that is for sure! When this happens you have hit the "Ulnar Nerve." 

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"In human anatomy, the ulnar nerve is a nerve that runs near the ulna bone. The ulnar collateral ligament of elbow joint is in relation with the ulnar nerve. The nerve is the largest unprotected nerve in the human body (meaning unprotected by muscle or bone), so injury is common. This nerve is directly connected to the little finger, and the adjacent half of the ring finger, innervating the palmar aspect of these fingers, including both front and back of the tips, perhaps as far back as the fingernail beds"

Your can read this entire article from Wikipedia HERE

But, remember what the "naysayers" remark. "Nerve strikes don't work!" Do you see how myopic some people are?

As I said I care less about these people opinions. What I dislike is that because they are "type a" personalities they WRONGLY influence people.  Investigate and think for yourself. Don't listen to these people. They just have no clue. But they "need" to be right.

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Learn Pressure Point Knockouts

Learn Pressure Point Knockouts

Years ago when I work in assembly at Chrysler I was walking back to my job. As I passed a container I hit the back of my hand on one corner. The pain was unbearable! I lost use of the arm from the elbow to the fingertips. Even my shoulder ached! 

I hit a nerve, the one at TW-3. It took about 30 minutes to recover.  But remember as these "naysayers" will tell, nerve strikes don't work! YEAH RIGHT! THEY WORK GREAT!

Everything in Kyusho Jitsu, the science is pressure point self defense is linked directly to nerve strikes.  The very definition of a pressure point relates to a nerve.  But there is one VERY important thing to add to all this information! Attacking pressure points, or nerves is NOT ABOUT LIGHT TOUCH. I do not know why that keeps coming up! 

On the street you HIT HARD, but correctly! Light touch is so your training partner does not get injured!

ALL Knockouts are Neurological
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Every knockout, including Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts are neurological. You need to understand that your entire existence is neurologically based.  Even sleep and death are neurological events. 

Here are the base 3 types of knockouts. The second is Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts.


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. 

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts

Why POWER is not the ANSWER

There are many martial artists out there who believe in the idea of "punch or kick him hard in the head." There are so many issues with this one I cannot list them all! First the kind of power these people are talking about comes from anger. When you are angry you lose control of your motor skills. 

You can miss very easy!

Plus you have no specific target in mind. Going for "impact" or in other words a concussion may not yield the results you are looking for! It takes time for the brain to swell and cause the "neurological" event of unconsciousness or a knockout.  I have had many concussions in my life and ONLY ONE caused me to lose consciousness and that was the first one. 

So rather than focus on that one time power hit why would you not strike at the "occipital nerve" located at GB-20, or the "vagus nerve" branch at ST-05? These strikes, done correctly WILL cause  Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts.

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts

Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts

Plus you are less likely to have "legal" issues as a result of your "fight" or "self defense" due to excess force or "overkill." 

This is one of the many reasons we have a Humane Pressure Point Tactics course at Kyusho Jitsu University. Check it out!

Are Kyusho Jitsu Knockouts hard to learn?

The answer is NO they are not. But you have to do the study! This involves learning how these nerves work, how to properly activate them and then tying this back to your root art or self defense system. 

I have many different eBooks and videos to help you. But you must overcome the inertia of human nature and do the work. I know that many of the "Understanding Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts" eBooks people have purchased have not been read! Humane nature is to be lazy! This is why so many FAIL in life. 

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