Pressure Point Theory and Application

    In any situation where you are assaulted, if you are going to win or come out alive being strong is not enough, you have to be smart and ruthless. too.  You have to maneuver into a position where you can defend yourself, or at the very least, reduce the possibility of serious injury.

    You have to take control of the situation where you call the shots and not the aggressor.  In short, if you choose to fight, you have to do it fast and hard.  Every move you make must count.  Don't stop fighting until the fight is over.  And NEVER give the attacker an even break.

    In the course of your study, whether it be judo, jujitsu, defensive tactics, or self defense, you have learned many different techniques.  These techniques may involve, throwing, grappling, joint locking, strangulation, striking, or kicking.  All of them can be made stronger and more effective the incorporation of pressure points.

    Before we start talking about how to incorporate pressure points into our training, let's first define what pressure points are.

    In its most basic definition, a pressure point is any spot on your body that easily achieves some reaction of the neuro-muscular system when pressed, rubbed or struck.  Taken further, they also have an effect on every internal organ in your body.  We have literally thousands of pressure points.  However, we cannot be concerned about every pressure point on the body.  To defend ourselves we need to concentrate on those pressure points which will create an immediate, adverse reaction for the attacker. The following diagram show approximately 40 significant pressure points that you can use to defend yourself.

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Another viewpoint on pressure points can be found at FIVE ELEMENT DIAGRAM.

The following books also have good discussions on pressure points:

Nerve Centers & Pressure Points, Bruce Tegner, 1978.

Kyusho Jitsu The Dillman Method of Pressure Point Fighting, George Dillman, 1992.

Tuité: Advanced Pressure Point Grappling, George Dillman, 1995.

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