Which martial art employs pressure points?
Most martial arts employ some type of attacks on pressure points or vital points. In general “pressure point” refers to either a “tsubo”, which is a large bundle of nerves that come together in a type of junction, or a place on the body where sensitive nerve endings are near the surface. Pressing or striking either of these areas can cause everything from mild pain to actual nerve damage. Most pressure point techniques depend on the person feeling pain, and thus reacting naturally to that pain and releasing a grip, or pulling away from the pain. Some pressure points, if struck correctly, can numb a limb or even cause a knock out. But there is a “dark side” to pressure point attacks. Although attacking a pressure point and getting a reaction is very valid – the ABILITY to attack a pressure point effectively during a real fight is almost impossible. I have been to many seminars over the years with well known martial artists who demonstrate amazing knock outs or disable people with pressu