Targeting pressure points effectively

Confused writes:

How can you make sure you hit your opponent’s pressure points accurately and effectively?

Is there a visual indicator I can rely on, like a certain patch of wrinkles in the other guy’s shirt that  shows the spot I need to hit. What should I look for?

I try them out on myself (in case I ever need to use them for self-defense. But when I train with a sparring partner, everything happens so fast that I am not sure my jabs have hit him in the right place. And most times when I do know I hit the spot, I also realize it was purely by luck.

I have never done any martial arts training, but I’m asking this question in case I’m ever attacked and need to defend myself. I would much rather use pressure points than other attacks.

Is it true that if you just blindly punch someone, it’s more likely you’ll be the one getting hurt? That’s why I’m asking about vulnerable points on the human body. I want to use pressure points in fighting.

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5 thoughts on “Targeting pressure points effectively”

  1. There are certain areas that are just plain good to hit. Solar plexus and kidneys. I’m not sure if you could call them "pressure points", but they work. Kidneys are lower back, to the sides. Solar plexus is just below your sternum (the bone connecting your ribs.) The obvious works the best.

  2. Places like the solar plex, groin, temple, and the kidneys are easy spots to hit, but i wouldn’t go for the really small ones because for one, you may not know whether it works on them or not. All people are different.

  3. congratulations. you just found out why the whole striking pressure point idea is unrealistic. I am very happy for you. I am being serious.

    Do pressure points work, most of them yes. But Martial arts have many myths of how they work and how to hit them. the odds of you or any one hitting a pressure point on some one moving around and trying to hit you.

  4. dont bother with trying to learn pressure point without a very good instructor. when you learn properly where they are it becomes easier to strike the right spots but not everyone has pressure points so there is no point relying completely on it.

  5. Confused… I can understand your confusion because there is a lot of bullsh*t out there regarding pressure points, vulnerable points, kyushu, Dim Mak targets and so on.

    The reality of 99 percent of these pressure points in human body is that they are either too damn hard for anyone to hit unless they have studied hard for twenty years or longer – or else they aren’t worth a damn anyhow.

    You don’t want to bet your LIFE on them. Or I wouldn’t, that’s for sure. And I think you are confusing fighting (sparring or duelling) with self defense. If you can walk or run away, or talk your way out of the fight, even if he calls you a craven coward, then it isn’t self defense. Self defense is when you can’t get away and the other guy intends to maim or kill you.

    The problem is that you need SKILL and a certain mindset to survive a violent encounter where you cannot walk or run away. And if you can get away, do so for goodness sakes.

    You don’t ever want to wager your personal pride against your life, unless you are very gullible.

    So-called ‘Pressure Points’ are not some magic trick you can use in a fight so you can pretend you are superior to some bully or criminal who wants to hurt you.

    Unless you know how to use violence effectively, or are very skilled in self defense techniques (which takes years of hard training) then the attacker will make mincemeat out of you.

    If you wanna be seen as a tough guy, then you have to learn to fight and practice again and again for the rest of your life. And one day there will be someone tougher or faster than you are…

    Self-Defense teacher Tim Larkin can teach you everything you need to know in just 20 hours training time. It isn’t pretty, it is very violent and what he will show you may make you feel sick. But it works. Mr Larkin calls his system Target Focus Training.

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