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
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
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,
Gall Bladder 20 - behind the head on the bottom hollow part. Strike with
Stomach 5 - on lower jaw of the mouth. Strike with punch,
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
Bladder 10 - half inch below base of skull at the back. Strike with
Large Intestine 18 - on
The Center Line:
Conception Vessel 22 - in the notch top of sternum. Strike with fingertips,
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,
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.
ESSURE POINTS STRIKES
What is pressure points strikes? Most of us are aware that some parts of the body are more vulnerable to damage than others. Some people refer to these vulnerable parts as pressure points or vital points.
In Karate term, they are called kyusho points and kyushojutsu is the art of striking or manipulating pressure points. Karate Shotokan kata contain many secret techniques that teach us pressure points strikes.
I'm not going to discuss human pressure points in general but I'll focus on how to knockout, control or restrain a person by striking his kyusho points, through proper Karate bunkai. There are 3 categories of effects that can be achieved by pressure points strikes:
1.To knockout a person - this is quite obvious although the results may vary from temporary unconsciousness, comatose to death.
2.To control a person - you may want to strike a person so that he release you, stop attacking you, lose his sights or balance or expose his more vulnerable point (a setup strike).
3.To restrain a person - sometimes you do not want to cause any permanent damage or serious injuries to a person. You may then use pressure points strikes to immobilize a person, cause him to temporarily lose control of his limbs or to pin him down.
KYUSHO JUTSU HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VITAL PART OF KARATE BUNKAI.
The art of KyushoJutsu has always been very effective for street fighting, and they level the odds when you are facing bigger, stronger, or faster opponents in a hostile situation. Here are some of the most common pressure points strikes for the purposes described above:
1.To knockout a person - strike with your punch,
2.To control a person - attack with
Strike horizontally inwards then 45% upwards. Slam your forearm 90% straight down his Lung 5 point (one inch below crease of elbow) on either one of his arm. This would weaken his legs and make him stick out his head, so that you may strike his Stomach 5 point if you want to knock him out.
3. To restrain a person - hold your opponent's arm and rub with your knuckles or forearm on his Triple Warmer 11 point (slightly above the elbow joint), the pain will keep him from moving or using his arm. Use your
I find that pressure points strikes are very much an essential part of Karate bunkai as shown in many Karate Shotokan kata, provided you know how to interpret them accurately. Many Karate bunkai contain kyusho points striking techniques. But you should never rely on kyushojutsu exclusively.