Kyusho-Jitsu

This is not a new style of martial art, it was part of karate before the second world war. After the war a lot of soldiers stayed in Japan to learn the martial art namely Karate. The Japanese having just lost the war did not want to teach these westerners thier precious arts and felt disgruntled at thier presence, but due to economics they came up with a way of teaching them but not giving away all the good stuff, so they taught then the childrens art which was the basic karate that was introduced into the Japanes school curriculum by Gichin Funakoshi from the 1920's

A lot of the movements were interpreted as blocks by westerners due to the langauge barrier and the way it was taught, the monkey see the monkey do way.

The word block does not exist in Japanese, it was interpreted as that by the westerners. All the techniques were strikes to pressure points and vital points. These were hidden in the kata's of karate and only taught to close family members or trusted Japanese students who would continue to safe guard this knowledge.

Kyusho-Jitsu (Ryukyu Kempo) is the art of striking pressure points/Nerves.
They need to be activated by striking, pressing, rubbing or vibrating. Some nerves can respond in a few ways, others will only respond to pressing or just rubbing.

Pressure points for self defence is using the nerves to our advantage, in simple terms it's the body'e way of monitoring the body's condition, Pain, hot, cold or if an organ is in good condition. With the use of pressure points we can stimulate the nerves to utilize these messages sent to the brain to get the desired response i,e - a lowering of the blood pressure, pain, dizziness and/or a knock out.

We must not forget that we can use these same nerves or pressure points for healing. It is responsible for an instructor to teach the healing methods as there must always be Yin and Yang, the body must always be in total balance.

Why the martial art forms or kata's are so important to study is they contain all the nerve strikes and pressure points, a little like a map giving the correct angle and direction. All arts that practice forms or kata have this information and its just a question of looking at them in a different way and not think of them as just blocking techniques.

 Nerve/pressure points are not magic, they require time to study and practice just like anything in life. If it was that easy then everyone could do them with no effort.

They are now gaining popularity and being taught by many groups in a realistic manner. The benefits in helping police, prison officers or stopping that school bully are endless, but please don't just learn a few nerve points and think you will be protected. You still need to learn your art, keep in shape and practice them on a moving target.