Vital Points

No matter how far we go back in history the human race always put fighting as an important matter in their lives.
They soon realized that when fighting took place, the better trained fighter had a better chance of winning the combat than the one lacking in fighting skills.
Therefore if fighters were trained to the highest level it increased the chances of survival. This theory could be applied on the army as well as individuals.
Pressure Points are a very dangerous and very serious way of fighting, and it is of the utmost importance to practice these techniques in a very careful manner! Safety always has to come first, since some of the techniques can have fatal consequences if used without proper caution. Never practice these techniques on your own! All training has to be supervised by an authorized instructor.

There are good reasons to study Advanced Pressure Points for the serious martial arts practitioner, but learning killing methods is not one of them! Every well-trained martial artist is usually capable of exerting awesome power in his kicks, strikes etc. To possess knowledge of the results when this force is projected against the opponent’s body is a good way to avoid a lot of future grief!

Whether you are a dedicated Combat (martial arts) practitioner or just curious about Pressure Points, then these pages contain almost all the information you may need to learn about it. A part of the training is dedicated to the practicing of the new hand techniques that are a part of Strike Point fighting.

The body of your opponent is actually one big target area, but there are of course some parts that are more “receptive to stimulation” than others!

We are about to present the Pressure Points that are the most effective, Deadliest and easiest to attack during a street fight. Take into consideration what type of clothes the opponent may be wearing at the time.
Also during the fight we have to consider that when the adrenalin kicks in our vision and motor skills are affected reducing our efficiency considerably, so when striking some of the Pressure Points we don’t have to be as accurate as with other Striking Points. As we all know it is different in a street fight than in the training area/gym.

Note: The results depend on several factors, like striking speed, size of strike area, force projected etc. In short, where a light strike to a certain point may cause pain or temporal paralysis, a full-powered strike can cause unconsciousness, permanent disability and even death!
In order to ensure safety, we describe what a rather powerful strike can achieve. This is NOT to be taken as a suggestion that lighter strikes are harmless! Utmost precaution is necessary when practising these striking points.

Note: When practicing attacks to the vital points of the body, we recommend that you practice on the opponent’s right side of the body, since the left side is only half as strong as the right side, due to the location of the heart.

Note: The same vital points of the body which can be used to restore health within acupressure, can also be attacked in a fight, with the intent to injure.

Speed gives power

While performing a block, punch or a kick the arm or leg should be relaxed in order to get as much speed as possible, as speed gives power.
We sometimes encourage our students to make a fist in order to keep the risk of damaging their hands as low as possible.

 

Target

The body of your opponent is actually one big target area, but there are some parts that are more “receptive to stimulation” than others!
Our ambition is to attack where the nerve comes to an end, where the nerves cross or split up. All the nerve points are protected by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

What happens in the body?

When the body is attacked, an impulse is sent to the central nervous system located in the spinal marrow, and then switched into a motorical nerve, which sends the impulse back to the attacked area. If it is an arm that is being attacked this usually means that you pull your arm back. From the spinal marrow an impulse is sent to the brain and it’s not until now that you actually feel the pain.
By studying nervous point fighting, you study how to manipulate the nervous system and what neurological effect it has.

 

Hit, press, rub

There are three ways you can execute an attack, you can press, rub or hit.

45-degree angle

The 45-degree angle is very important when it comes to performing an attack.
The body of your opponent is actually one big target area, but there are some parts that are more “receptive to stimulation” than others. These points are called vital points.
Our ambition is to attack where the nerve comes to an end, where the nerves cross or split up. All the nervous points are protected by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.
By studying the human body from a martial artist perspective, we also wants to study in which angles we should strike in order to attack the nerves.

Your eyes may deceive to you

This exercise shows that you should look the opponent into the eyes instead of looking at his weapon. Only then will you have the chance to react in time to block or counter attack.

This also means that you should be careful when dropping your guard and always be aware that the opponent can try to feint you.

Meridians

Meridians are the basics in Chinese healing. It is also called meridian energy. One has figured out that there are 14 meridians in the body, and out of those, 12 are main meridians and the other 2 are called Du Mai and Ren Mai. Meridians should not be confused with blood veins and such things which you can find inside the body, you can’t see them with the eye. A map over the meridians was made from the patient descriptions’, this happened thousand of years ago.

12 meridians

  1. Heart – H
  2. Liver – L
  3. Spleen and Pancreas – SP
  4. Pericardium – P
  5. Conception vessel – CV
  6. Large Intestine – LI
  7. Small Intestine – SI
  8. Gall Bladder – GB
  9. Stomach – ST
  10. Urinary Bladder – UB
  11. Triple Warmer – TW
  12. Governing Vessel – GV

Acupuncture
By using acupuncture one can treat illnesses or give pain relief by applying needles to specific points on the body, so called Tsubo, which are the very same points which are attacked in martial arts, but with the goal to inflict injury and pain.
In Sweden, acupuncture has been used as a form of treatment against pain and certain cases of illness since 1984.

Studies with telescopic needles have produced mixed results. Most of the studies show that true acupuncture and sham acupuncture is as effective, but a small minority states that real acupuncture is more effective”.

Acupressure
Acupressure is similar to acupuncture but instead of using needles one acupressure is performed with one fingertip. With for example the thumb you press a specific point for five seconds and after a few seconds you repeat the pressure again. After a few times your patient starts to feel better.

Two sides of the same coin

When attacking the body you stop the energy flow (“or receive negative Ki”), and with for example acupuncture, Shiatzu (massage), Qi Gong or T’ai Ch’i (Grand Ultimate), you start the energy flow.

Notice

The results depend on several factors, like striking speed, size of strike area, force projected etc. In short, where a light strike to a certain point may cause pain or temporal paralysis, a full-powered strike can cause unconsciousness, permanent disability and even death!

In order to ensure safety, we describe what a rather powerful strike can achieve. This is NOT to be taken as a suggestion that lighter strikes are harmless! Utmost caution is necessary when practising these Striking Points.