Kung Fu practitioners use pressure points by striking, rubbing, or squeezing to activate nerves embedded in the skin. When pressure is applied correctly, it can cause pain, relax a muscle, or misinterpret a signal to the brain, resulting in a reaction that can be used for self-defense.
Welcome to the world of pressure points, a fascinating aspect of martial arts that you, as a practitioner, might be curious about. Pressure points are nerves found beneath the skin's surface that can be manipulated by striking, rubbing, or squeezing. But be aware: if not done correctly, the desired outcome may not be achieved. Interestingly, some pressure points don't even cause pain; they actually help relax a muscle, which can be utilized to release a grip.
Accessing nerve points can be challenging. Consider someone with scars crossing over a nerve; the nerve could shift to the side when struck, rubbed, or squeezed. Similarly, individuals under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication might not feel the intended effects, or the effects could be amplified. Moreover, someone who is extremely angry or experiencing the effects of steroids might not notice or care about the pain caused by a pressure point attack.
An injury that disrupts the nerve transmitter's path to the brain can render an individual entirely immune to pressure point attacks in that area. In the same vein, someone recovering from a similar injury may also be immune. Some people may be naturally resistant to pressure point attacks due to high pain thresholds.
It's important to distinguish between vital areas and pressure points. The eyes contain nerves that can hurt, but damaging the eyes also prevents the individual from continuing their attack. The throat, if left unprotected, can be attacked, resulting in air and/or blood loss to the brain and potential unconsciousness. The solar plexus and xyphoid process are nerve areas, but striking them can also cause physical damage to the organs behind them. As previously mentioned, pressure points must be attacked correctly, or they will not produce any effect.
So, how effective are pressure points? It depends on your skill with this tool, the quality of the tool, and the situation you're facing. Pressure points are not game-changers; they are skills that require years of study and practice and may never be needed. If you decide to study pressure points, proceed, but don't rely on them exclusively. Make sure to have a backup plan.
Martial Arts and Pressure Points: A Skill Worth Pursuing
In martial arts, don't actively seek an opportunity to use a technique or a pressure point. Let the opportunity come to you. Pressure points are just one of the many tools in your martial arts toolbox. Keep studying and practicing, and always have a backup plan. Remember that preparation is the key to success.