Vital Points

  Appendix "V"
The Vital Points

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    There are two concerns whenever Striking Points are taught.   First is whether the student will apply them irresponsibly, causing injury to another person.  Second is whether the student, not knowing the sensitivity of the human body, out of ignorance, causes injury or discomfort to another person.  It is to resolve both concerns that we share these descriptions of martial arts Striking Points.  These are derived from many sources, some of uncertain reliability.  Again, these are presented for informational purposes only.  These general principles and descriptions will sensitize you to what you should not be doing when working out.  Any contact to the body of a partner poses risks, and sometimes the problem does not manifest until months or years have gone by.  For the most part, these descriptions will have meaning only to someone who has been properly taught by a Black Belt instructor.  To the extent the meaning is clear to your understanding, take the knowledge and use it to protect yourself, and those with whom you practice.  Unless you are under the direct guidance and supervision of a qualified instructor, you should not use or experiment with any Vital Striking Point applications.

    Behind the jaw is the 7th cranial nerve, just behind the base of the jaw, almost underneath the ear. Angle of attack is from rear forward.

    Other pressure points exist just behind the ear, and also at the soft tissue pad on the shoulder. The shoulder points can be attacked downward.

    When the opponent is larger, use an energy up technique (in and up). When the opponent is the same size or shorter, use an energy down technique.

    Re-energize by massaging the rear cranial nerve on the opposite side of where contact has been made. 

    When opponent is the same size, can shoot up or down. Up hand is like a shuto inverted. Hand down is like a single prayer hand.

    Pressure point at the shoulder pad, or down into the collar bone, is the medial nerve, from collar bone down to middle wrist. Medial nerve also affects sac around heart.

    Two other points are on the collar bone, under the muscle.

    If the opponent is dizzy for any reason, generally a  heart associated point has been agitated.

    Slightly to the front are the pressure points in the collar bone hole.

    The supra orbital nerve can be attacked at the nodule on the eyebrow. Three points can be accessed from the same location.

    Grabbing at the right wrist with own left hand activates the heart meridian, this sets up the points on the right side of opponentís face.

    Activating stomach point in the leg, or punching in the stomach increases effectiveness.

    Same position, striking with own elbow into 3 finger point above his right elbow.

    Variation is holding opponent right wrist with own right, then attacking opponent's rear left occipital foramen with left knuckle.

    Three touch sequence. 7th Cranial, trapezius down, and finish into the neck.

    7th Cranial on jaw with right hand, while left hand traps over his left arm at the #1 self defense point.

    Balance of strikes. If you touch the arm lightly, use a harder strike. If you touch the arm hard, use a lighter strike. Yin/Yang.

    Gall Bladder activation point is between the 3rd and 4th ribs.

    Hit palm at the Gall Bladder point, and then tap the cranial point on the forehead. Or in U-punch.

    Control heart points at the wrist heart, and drive down and in at the lung point.

    Opponent pushed, circle and slap his wrists together, activates the neck control points. Hitting (touching) either neck point from the side can take opponent out.

    Roundhouse punch with the right hand, cut into the lung meridian, and attack into the neck.

    Two hand strike to head, cross over hands, l palm on his left cheek, and r knuckles on his r chin foramen Move crosses the head and is potentially very dangerous.

    Hit to the ribs, l hand into the ribs on the r side, followed by a r palm strike into his forehead.

    Applying torque to wrist. L hand holding opponents r wrist inverted. Opponent resists. Pull wrist to hip and lightly tap the neck pressure point.

    Opponent attacks with r punch. Slap lung point or hit gall bladder point off of his r shoulder, head with your right hand. Then left hand slaps heart point from the rear.

    Yin Yang translate negative positive. Connecting acts like a short circuit. Yin or Yang is always relative to the comparison being made at the time.

    Yang is above the belt line; Yin is below.

    Yin is front of the body with hands up; Yang is back of the body with hands up.

    Facing your opponent, L is positive; R is negative.

    Female is negative; male is positive.

    Opponent is holding left fist up in front of face. Hit hard with two hands. Left is shooting forward and right is shooting backward.

    Same hand position on opponent, forehead touches his head, and r hand knuckle strikes cranial foramen from opposite rear.

    Dragon fist is for attacking upward; Phoenix fist is for attacking downward.

    With a slight twist, attack into the cheek foramen with the dragon fist.

    Project the energy through the target. Actually see the energy on the other side of the opponent, mind over matter.

    Blocking attacks to pressure points. Use "flywheel" or "sound of water". When a point is blocked in such fashion, the attack will still be effective where the energy accumulates above.

    Pressure point hits require a delicate touch. Force is not the correct touch.

    Effect of the sun and the moon. As moon grows larger in the sky, the sensitivity to pressure point attacks increases. As moon diminishes, the sensitivity decreases. Attacks below the waist are more effective up until noon. Later in the day, attacks should be above the waist.

    1/3 up the neck, along the cervo mastoid muscle, point numbs arm on the same side of the body. Hit with the knuckle of the thumb striking inward and upward, at about a +45 degree angle to the horizon. Numbs entire arm. In some kata, two hands are attacking the point from both sides...a critical attack which should be avoided in practice.

    Two hands two strikes to the front of the head. L palm is l eyebrow, r knuckle scrapes r chin.

    Hitting two points simultaneously connects pain at the middle.

    Don't work pressure point on the arm, and kick opposite leg...causes vertigo, and stomach upset, pain sickness and cramps.

    Size of pressure points increases with the size of the person.

    Pressure point is where a nerve goes to a "Y". Where a nerve goes to an ending, attack in direction nerve goes to ending.

    Hot receptors; cold receptors; push receptors; touch receptors; rub receptors.

    Receptors respond to hitting, touching, punching or rubbing.

    Grabbing opponent's left wrist with l hand, rub point over the elbow. No reaction. Point must be struck. Caution, can cause heart irregularity in a weight lifter.

    Pressure points remain active for 20 minutes.

    Bring opponent's right arm up with the left hand (Gusanku). This act tightens all muscles back to the left rear shoulder and neck, actually opening nerve ending on the neck side opposite.

    Closing two wrists, slapping together, left hand reaches across to his left side and touches the knockout point on the jaw.

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