HUMAN PRESSURE POINTS
There are many kyusho secrets showing where and how to strike human pressure points in Karate Shotokan kata. All it takes is some in-depth research and careful practice to learn and master the Karate bunkai of pressure points strikes.
Learning to strike vulnerable human pressure points correctly is much better than relying on brute strength, fast speed and all those kime, hip rotation, dropping or tensing techniques taught in many typical sports-oriented Karate training everywhere. After all, we cannot fight "father time" and as we age or grow old, our physical abilities will diminish with time too. You cannot expect to fight like a youth at 50 years old.
This is where good knowledge of human pressure points will allow you to maintain your "fighting" capability, especially if you practice pressure points strikes regularly.
Just like the acupuncturist who make use of the constructive cycle of human pressure points to heal a person, the Karateka make use of pressure points strikes to control, restrain, injure or knockout a person.
Below are the descriptions of some vulnerable human pressure points or kyusho points which you can easily strike to cause sharp pain, paralysis, neurological shutdown, loss of consciousness (knockout) or even death:
Gall Bladder 4 - on the temple. Strike with elbow, back-knuckle fist or middle-knuckle fist. Potentially fatal point.
Gall Bladder 20 - behind the head on the bottom hollow part. Strike with hammer-fist, palm-heel and etc. Knockout point.
Stomach 5 - on lower jaw of the mouth. Strike with punch, palm-heel, hammer-fist or forearm. Knockout point.
Governor Vessel 26 - right below the nose. Strike with palm heel, knuckles and etc.
Triple Warmer 17 - behind the ear on the bottom hollow part. Strike with middle-knuckle fist or thumb.
Bladder 10 - half inch below base of skull at the back. Strike with knife-hand, hammer-fist, and etc. Knockout point.
Large Intestine 18 - on middle-side of the neck. Strike with knife-hand, hammer-fist or forearm. Potentially fatal point.
The Center Line:
Conception Vessel 22 - in the notch top of sternum. Strike with fingertips, middle-knuckle fist, knife-hand and etc. Potentially fatal point.
Conception Vessel 14 - the solar plexus. Strike hard with fist. Although one of the better known human pressure points, striking this point is not recommended for Karate women because it requires considerable strength to work.
USE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN PRESSURE POINTS TO INJURE, KO OR SIMPLY CONTROL AND IMMOBILIZE. MORE KNOWLEDGE, MORE OPTIONS.
Pericardium 4 - on the middle of forearm anterior. Strike with any "heavy hand" or "scooping" techniques. Good setup point.
Triple Warmer 11 - on slightly above the elbow joint. Rub with your knuckles or forearm. Good control point.
Triple Warmer 12 - middle of the upper arm on the hollow triceps muscle. Strike with knife-hand, hammer-fist, or forearm. Good restrain point.
Lung 5 - one inch below crease of elbow. Strike with any "heavy hand" techniques. Good setup point.
Stomach 34 - about 4 inches above the knee. Strike with knee, foot and etc.
Gall Bladder 31 - on the outer thigh, in the middle between the knee and hip. Strike with knee, foot and etc. Good knockdown or paralysis point.
Bladder 54 - on the back of the knee. Strike with heel, ball or side of foot.
Spleen 10 - just above and to the inside of the knee, on the inner thigh. Strike with toes, ball or side of foot.
Spleen 11 - on the inner thigh, in the middle between the knee and hip. Strike with toes, ball or side of foot.
This page only focus on fighting techniques using human pressure points, since this website is dedicated to Karate Shotokan kata and Karate bunkai.
Please bookmark this page because I'll be adding more information on kyusho jutsu or pressure points strikes using the destructive cycle of the five elements for any Karateka interested in advance kyusho points techniques.
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