Pressure points are areas of the body that contain high concentrations of nerve endings, blood vessels, and other sensitive areas. When pressure is applied to these points, it can cause a wide range of effects, from pain to unconsciousness. In martial arts and self-defense, pressure points can be used to incapacitate an attacker and provide an opportunity for escape.
One lesser-known pressure point that can be used for self-defense is the submandibular point, located just under the jawline. Applying pressure to it can cause intense pain and muscle spasms. This can be done by using a finger or thumb to push upward and inward under the jawline. This technique can be used to incapacitate an attacker and you can actually control them and manipulate them to the ground.
It is important to note that this pressure point should be used with caution as the jaw is a sensitive area that can be easily damaged. It should be used only in extreme self-defense situations and should be avoided in sparring or competition.
Another sensitive area are the top of the traps, the large muscles that connect the side of the neck to the shoulders. If these are struck with hammer fists in a whipping motion from behind they will cause the body opponent’s body to collapse.
Another effective pressure point is the temple. The temple is located on the side of the head, just above the ear. A hard strike to this area can cause unconsciousness due to the high concentration of blood vessels and nerve endings. The most common technique for attacking this area is the “knife hand” strike. The temple is a vulnerable area that is not well-protected by muscle or bone, making it an easy target for a strike.
It’s important to note that pargetting these pressure points is not a guarantee for incapacitating an attacker, and should be used with caution.
As always, it’s important to note that pressure point techniques should only be used as a last resort in self-defense situations. The best defense is a good offense, so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and take steps to avoid dangerous situations. If a confrontation is unavoidable, it’s best to try to de-escalate the situation and resolve it peacefully.
In conclusion, pressure points can be a powerful tool in self-defense, but it’s important to remember that they should only be used as a last resort, and with caution. It’s important to seek professional guidance and instruction before attempting to use these techniques on your own. Remember to always prioritize de-escalation and avoiding confrontation whenever possible and keep training and stay sharp.