Meat & Potatoes of Pressure Points

Russell Stutely

Its time to move on to the “meat and potatoes” of how to use and make Pressure Points work for you!

Let’s assume that you have read and understood the previous 3 articles and that you accomplished the


* Learned and understand Balance
* Learned and understood Power Generation
* Learned and understood how to dissect techniques

Now we can move onto the Points themselves and start to learn HOW to apply them.

It really is this simple . . . pick some points to practice, a few on the arm, torso and head to start with. It does not matter which ones, but I would advise the following:

* Arm: L5 / LI10/11
* Torso: St25 / Lv/GB Crossing
* Head: GB20

Now, move back to your technique analysis and see where and when any or all of these points become available to you! Start S-L-O-W-L-Y and A-N-A-L-Y-S-E correctly.

When a point is available, HIT IT, BUT START LIGHT. It is better to get NO REACTION then hit too hard and hurt your training partner.

When you strike the point, you MUST ensure that your strike has penetration. Simply hitting the surface of the skin WILL NOT WORK. Hitting the surface of the skin will give the usual results that MOST people get, i.e a mixed reaction.

So we can practice safely we will have a few safety parameters. You and your training partner will have a numbering system from 0 to 10.

* 0 = nothing, no pain, no reaction
* 10 = you hit me far too hard you stupid ?)*ing idiot and now its my turn!

Start around the 2-4 area and G-R-A-D-U-A-L-L-Y build up to 7-8

REMEMBER, the numbering system is for the person being HIT, not for the hitter. Your number 5 could be your training partners 10 and vice versa. ALWAYS start light and together you will find a power level that works.

By ensuring that you keep to this safety protocol you can train points longer and more rapidly than crashing strikes home to see the effect.

Do this with all your techniques and slowly built to a decent pace. We can then move on to making the points EVEN MORE effective and then pressure test what you have learned so far.