Ankle KO

Targets of the Monkey (Bubishi) part 3 of 3

Two issues ago we started a small exploration of some Kyusho Applications and how they could result in a Kyusho Knockout… on the leg.  In the first segment we covered a Kyusho KO that is possible with a single strike to the leg at the back of the knee and gave the medical reasons it could cause a loss of confidence.  We even linked to free YouTube presentations of the application on different people so you could see the actual application as well as the effect on the individual.   This issue we will explore one more Kyusho leg application that can cause unconsciousness using a combination of nerve and vascular influence.

Looking at the image above we can see the juncture in the inner ankle that has both nerve and vascular structures not only overlying, but also close to the surface of the skin.  Now as the red lined circle would suggest the area you can use in this application is about the size of a fist… not a small pressure point that needs pinpoint accuracy, (please see earlier writings stating that Kyusho is not Pressure Points, Acupuncture Points).  But we need to better understand the anatomy and how best to affect these Vital Targets.

As we have stated from the beginning of our Kyusho exploration with Budo International, 13 years ago, you must attack the Vital Targets in a correct trajectory.  Striking, pressing or stretching the structures will only cause mild discomfort and possible dysfunction.  However when we use trajectory that maps out the angle into the body, the direction of travel and the depth as well as intended goal of the attack, only then can we correctly apply the Kyusho. This is also why most Martial Artists have not found these targets or more vital use, but also for the beginner of Kyusho studies not able to get the same results as a seasoned practitioner.

In this ankle target we have to first understand we are working with the nerve and blood vessels.  You do not need to know their name, but for those interested they are; the Saphenous Nerve, Saphenous Vein and the Posterior Tibial Artery.

There are 3 ways to attack this section of Vital Structures with varying degree of worth for the Martial Artist.   However all three methods will need the practitioner to attack these targets to force the nerves and vascular tissue against the rear of the Tibial bone.  This can be accomplished by pressing, pressing and stretching combined or striking.

Pressing causes severe pain, withdrawal, leg and body weakening and even paralysis of the lower leg and foot.

Pressing and stretching the nerves and vascular tissue into the back of the Tibial Bone and toward the foot, will cause severe pain and leg weakening, paralysis of the lower leg and foot or even unconsciousness with correct application.

Striking these structures or this target in different directions will cause different results and again why beginners have difficulty getting desired results quickly.  As example striking upward into the back of the Tibia will cause the lateral leg muscles will to tighten, lifting the leg out and upward. By striking straight into the bone all leg muscles will lose control and the leg will collapse under the body weight, as it also will when attacked slightly downward however this also attacks the blood systems more and will cause a rapid loss of blood pressure and fainting because of it. With all attacks Nausea, paralysis, dizziness and unconsciousness can occur, however the downward trajectory will cause neurological shutdown as well as blood pressure drop and fainting results.

Reactions, when struck correctly, this point has many physical effects on the recipient: Whole body weakens, rapid withdrawal of limb, severe pain, loss of physical motor function, loss leg support of body weight, paralysis of lower leg and foot, nausea, paralysis of limb,, dizziness or unconsciousness and temporary loss of thought and motor control.


Bubishi Use

The targets of the Monkey are only one of twelve sets of targets in the Bubishi… labeled “Sichen” or the Zodiac postures.  In these are described the target and relation to time, be it the best time attack or the time to have related dysfunction or death.

These time periods for results are the result of blood and organ attack more so than nerve… as nerve is generally instant in reaction.  When looking at this manual, we need to consider old fighting method was typically armed with sword, dagger, spear and arrow, these times may relate more to the time it would take a body to bleed out, hemorrhage internally (causing various and numerous lethal affects… remember emergency medical care was not present in this era), or die from body toxification.

So if the main theme was blood attack (Dim Mak), we need to then base our actions against these blood structures as in this attack.  We can see this in the film clips above; three blood attacks on the ankle nerve and vascular tissue. With all blood attacks, the body is seen to fade and loose strength, consciousness or physical control as blood pressure is rapidly dropped and produced fainting as the result.  With rapid pulsing or compression adding a nerve attack (better for modern protection), we see the rapid instantaneous affect.  This nerve attack is far more dramatic, less damaging and possible to combine with the blood attack as well… but we can easily employ both.

Were these Bubishi targets only used as blood, or nerve…no one can say for sure, yet the manual leans toward blood attack as the base.  But fortunately with the study of Kyusho through Kyusho International (no other Kyusho groups have this knowledge or actual skill), you can realize this level.

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