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How do you answer this:

If "Pressure Point Theory" was really the underlying mechanism to make Kyusho work, then why don't all the points work?

I came from a Pressure Point background in healing and Kyusho, but through research have found that Kyusho is not Pressure Points.   The reasons for this conclusion and further research are many fold and not the ancient ways of the great Masters of the Arts.

Now using a "Pressure Point" based TCM (Traditional Chinese Medical) model with the cycles of destruction (and others), then the Kyusho should work on all 700 plus "pressure Points" on the body.... but it doesn't.  For further example, if the fire melts metal theory is correct then all fire attacks should the cause all attacks to metal points to work... but again it does not.  This is similar with all the cycles such as Yin and Yang, Diurnal, Creation, Destruction, Father and Son, Mother and Daughter... reverse cycle and more.

The fact is there are only around 100 that are workable, and in actual fighting, even less.

Now some Pressure Points lay over nerve as it would be impossible for some not to... the nerves run throughout the body like a mesh.  But all the nerves also do not work well, it is the larger branches that will carry enough of a neuro-shock to begin physical shutdown.

But the reason the skin and hairs alone will not enable Kyusho affects is due to the constant exposure each day conditioning the body to handle this to avoid sensory overload.  The nerve structures of the muscles (reflexive, sensory and motor) can be deadened to limited the input by repeated conditioning with concussion and compressive methods.  We see this body conditioning in arts like Uechi, Goju and many others where constant pounding of the body parts reduces the chance of overload during combat.

Kyusho works on the larger and deeper vital structures, these are not at the same depth or composition as "Pressure Points". To get to the correct depth, you need a finer skill, not just surface manipulation or even striking.

As example on the back of the neck there is a pressure point called GB-20... this in fact overlays the lesser occipital nerve... but it is not the nerve and thinking it is places major limitations on how far you can go with your Kyusho Skills.  Without understanding the depth of the nerve or the best trajectory to yield the maximum results.

Being Taken Seriously

If you as a Kyusho practitioner want to be taken more seriously, then you must work with real anatomical structures, functionality and physiology.  These affects can be qualified, quantified and validated by scientific measure.

The further you distance yourselves from the erroneous pressure point as being Kyusho, the more seriously people will take you.  So to advance the adoption of Kyusho we need to get rid of the myth and mystical crappola of the points,meridians, elements and all other TCM theory.

The road is not easy

Changing over is not easy and many will not try due to is being too difficult or that they feel that they are admitting they were wrong before.  But there is no shame in transitioning from an old model that was found to be incorrect to a real model backed by science and medicine.

You will need to transition people slowly, but the results and increase of real skill will make it all worth while.

And if you want to maintain the "Tradition" of your style, look no further than it's founders writings, none of the old masters that documented Kyusho at all NEVER used the "PRESSURE POINTS of ACUPUNCTURE", they all wrote about anatomy and neurological shock... so for you to maintain the Pressure Point fallacy is to not only harm your own reputation, but also remove yourself from the founders own words.

From Gichin Funakoshi's Writings in Karate-Do Kyohan (Original):

Section 6, Chapter 2, Funakoshi begins:

"As for the names of the Kyu-Sho or Vital Points, I used the ones that are generally and most widely used, as much as I could. However, for Vital Points that have not been named since ancient times, I gave them names for the sake of convenience. Alternative names and commonly known names are shown in parenthesis."

10) "Matsu-Kaze" or Pine Wind (Fu-getsu - wind-moon)

"This is located on both sides of the neck, where the Platisma Muscle, Trapezius Muscle and Sternocleidomastoid Muscle come across. In other words, you strike the Caroid Artery. The cause of death is due to an overwhelming stimulation of the general Carotid Artery and Vagus Nerves, leading to a sudden, violent change in the blood circulation and loss of Motor Sensory functions."




We all know Kyusho is real, it is what the martial arts was based on and that it deserves to be the core of all styles as it once was...the sooner you accept and work this way the sooner the martial arts world will adopt it.

So for this to become a reality, we must use reality in our instruction and training.  



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