Welcome To Pressure Point Striking System Lesson 2
Today we will be discussing finishing points and the reason we are starting with finishing points is that for the educated kyusho fighter we need to begin with the end in mind.
We need to know where the off switches of the human body are located. Understanding and being aware of your targets will dictate how you move and the tools you need to use.
But before we jump into the finishing points every martial artist should know. I need to tell you a little bit about the actual training protocols that will make sure you get good at kyushojitsu really quickly
The Functional Pressure Point Fighting Training Progression
Kyusho Soft-work and Pressure Point Rolling
Time and time again I go to seminars, or hangout on forums and other places where I hear people talking about pressure point fighting and kyusho and they start rattling off every pressure point, name and verse you can think of. And they often sound like they know what they are talking about…
Until you ask them to actually do something.
And for the most part, their technique, when it works (it usually doesn’t) is far from realistic.
You see the problem most people have with training kyushojitsu is that you can’t really practice it without really hurting someone, and because most people derive their pressure point techniques from Kata or form.
Their work tends to focus on
A. Symmetrical fighting and
B. Static Self Defense.
What do I mean by symmetrical fighting?
You can think of symmetrical fighting as kind of like a duel between two willing combatants, each working under a mutually agreed upon set of rules. And while that sounds okay, the ugly truth is, that you rarely have a symmetrical fighting scenario on the street.
The other part of the equation is an unconscious emphasis on “static” self-defense.
In this context static means the person is feeding you a pre-determined attack, you’re responding with a predetermined technique in a basically robotic type of action. Wash rinse repeat.
Under those conditions, kyushojitsu is relatively ( notice I said relatively) easy to apply, and many people STILL have trouble making it work.
Usually, little to zero precision, accuracy, focus through/intent, and some people just aren’t as vulnerable to neurological attacking as others are.
Is it any wonder, sometimes kyushojitsu people get a bad rap?
Remember, if you’re fighting skills are poor,
your kyushojitsu will be poor.
You can’t hit a target that you can’t get too.
In order to become functional, effective and efficient in using pressure points you have to embrace two more levels of training.
Dynamic and Organic
The training continuum starts with state work, progresses to dynamic work and then to organic work.
I’ll explain this briefly,
Static Self Defense or Drilling work is just as I described earlier. The opponent or training partner is feeding a pre-determined attack, i.e. reverse punch, double lapel grab, choke, etc. in a specific manner at a specific time.
He is neither resisting, nor changing what he is doing. He simply feeds a pre-determined technique to which the practitioner performs a pre-determined response… over and over again.
One attack, one specific technique or counter. This unfortunately is where most people stop.
Dynamic Self Defense Drilling:
This particular level of drilling still maintains the pre-scripted or pre-programmed format as the static self- defense drills but they take on a more dynamic and higher speed aspects as now the opponent will attack at different speeds using multiple combinations of techniques but again in a specific order and sequence.
And the responses from the practitioner will be in the same order and sequence as in the static drill but now the kyusho man has to begin to master the timing and distance aspects of fighting while also dealing with the inevitable adrenaline dump/fight or flight response that everyone goes through in real combat.
It should be pointed out that in all phases of the static -dynamic- organic drilling process,
THERE IS CONTACT ON THE PRESSURE POINTS WITH THE RIGHT ANGLE AND DIRECTION
Please note we said Contact, NOT striking.
We will explain the nuances of this in just a moment.
STATIC-DYNAMIC–ORGANIC uses a very specific formula to hardwire in the correct responses, pressure point angle/direction and stimulation into the practitioner in such a way that the skills become combatively applicable.
Also note, that this method is NOT based on Kata. It is based on specific movement drills design for bio-mechanical efficiency and universal applicability to combat. We call them combat bridges or simply universal entries.
Remember that real combat is dynamic, organic, constantly changing. Therefore we need a training method that conditions us early on to be able to accurately, consistently and effective strike and activate kyusho points with a high degree of consistency and flexibility.
Many martial artists rely on their kata or forms for this. Not the best approach but one that has survived the test of time... sometimes.
Not that kata training is bad per se, it just has many limitations that inadvertently get passed on to the nervous system and response instincts of the practitioner.
Others adopt specific flow patterns from other arts. The primary example is of course the Brush-Hold and strike movement that is commonly seen in the Filipino Martial Arts of Kali, Arnis and Escrima.
These flow drills or micro-kata as I like to call them, allow a very modular approach while developing superior reflexes and hand eye coordination.
The problem of course with this method is that while it does provide some important benefits. It doesn’t go far enough to give the kyusho fighter what he needs to be utterly unstoppable in attacking pressure points.
For that we need to add a little secret sauce.
Enter the P3 Pressure Point Drilling Method
P3 Stands for Position, Place and Push.
In this exercise we take the flow patterns of whatever art you are using and while moving through them in slow motion we first move into the proper position in relation to our attacker that allows us to make contact with the surface area of the pressure points we are training.
Then with a slow, but steady and heavy pressure, we move and push through the pressure point area strongly enough to move and distort the structure of the person we are attacking.
As people become more familiar with the drill and the subtle nuances of it, they can begin to move faster but always moving to the correct position forces you to develop timing, distance and footwork vs. a moving target, and then placing your weapons (fist, palm, knife hand, kick, etc.) on the location of the pressure points in a way that your natural body movement aligns with the activating angle direction and stimulation of the point itself.
Then you apply a low velocity high amplitude thrusting movement through the area of the pressure point that is strong enough to distort the structure and disrupt the movement of your opponent or training partner.
This is important because real kyushojitsu is a touch based art. You have to be making contact in order to develop that touch.
The problem with most training methods is that of having to avoid consistent neurological trauma. Because Position-Place and Push uses low velocity thrusting, it does not trigger the activation of points that are activated by striking – a high velocity high amplitude thrusting movement.
This allows us to systematically and dynamically train kyusho combatively in a more realistic fashion. While simultaneously giving our minds and bodies the feedback it needs to trigger pressure points and launch effective striking that actually penetrates and sends energy through not only the pressure point but the entire body structure itself thereby disrupting your opponents structure, negatively impacting his movement and preventing him from launching an effective counter attack..
Organic level drilling is exactly that. You have your movement timing and arsenal of techniques, your partner feeds a series of attacks for which you are training in a random, slow but continuous order and flow.
Your job is simply to flow, countering each attack at the same speed as your attacker feeds them to you.
The key here is “at the same speed” as the attacker, while still maintaining a certain level of calm and poise under pressure. As the drill progresses and you become progressively more comfortable with the process you can turn up either the speed of the drilling process, or the amplitude of the drill but not both.
So for instance you could have your partner attack with more pressure/force but at the same or slower speed so that there is more commitment and intent in the attacking but less chance of miss timing the attack.
Teaching the body how to sense intent is critical to becoming an effective fighter. Distance and timing is what truly makes a master so these drills are pure gold in giving you an unfair advantage when trying to deliver good pressure point striking.
Okay, you have the parameters of what it takes to make a pressure points work.
You have the drilling protocol, now what you need next is…
The Targets: Finishing Points for Kyushojitsu Fighters.
Look I know you are probably salivating to get to the sweet spots of the human body.
So you can light people up like a pressure point christmas tree.
And I promise you I will teach you those points -For educational and entertainment purposes only.
We take no responsibility for you injuring, or getting injured as a result of attempting to use any of the information in this course.
You are training at your own risk, and unless you are practicing under the supervision of a qualified kyushojitsu or Ryukyu Kempo Instructor.
You should NEVER be striking or seeking to activate these points.
We however have to get a few more foundational elements out of the way first.
The average acupuncture chart shows us literally hundreds of acupuncture points. Based on the definition of a pressure point that we covered in lesson one you already know that any place where a nerve ends, splits or crosses another nerve is a potential pressure point.
With so many choices how do you know which one to use when?
Have no fear, we are going to make this “literally” stupid simple for you.
Unless you would like me to make it harder and more confusing…Do you?
I didn’t think so.
Your next lesson will be arriving shortly.
See You Then.
Your Loyal Friend and Pressure Point Mentor.
Grand Master David Snyder
8th, Degree Black Belt Ryukyu Kempo-Kyushojitsu/Tuitejitsu