Hidden nerve strike that could shut down a boxer?
A nerve strike to the proper spot can be dangerous. Be sure to practice nerve strikes with a trained professional.
A pressure point derives from the meridian points in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and in the field of martial arts, and refers to an area on the human body that may produce significant pain or other effects when manipulated in a specific manner.
While it is undisputed that there are sensitive points on the human body where even comparatively weak pressure may induce significant pain or serious injury, the association of kyūsho with notions of Death is controversial.
Pressure points are one of the most widely misunderstood concepts in martial arts. Many different legends have been repeated over the years regarding secretive and lethal techniques.
There is nothing mystical or magical about the existence of pressure points or their application in self-defense.
Pressure points are nerve clusters, frequently around major muscle groups, that when struck or grabbed can cause the nearby muscle groups to spasm in a painful manner.
There are several types of pressure points — each is applied differently and each creates a different effect. “Pain points”, for example, use tendons, ligaments, and muscles; the goal is to temporarily immobilize the target, or, at the very least, to distract them.
“Reflex points” produce involuntary movements, for example, causing the hand to release its grip, the knees to buckle, the target to gag, or even for the person to be knocked unconscious.
Most pressure points are located on pathways on the nervous system.
Pressure points have been present throughout pop culture; in Star Trek, Spock applied the “Vulcan nerve pinch” on the base of a person’s neck to knock them unconscious.
The fictional “pinch,” Star Trek fans and writers explained, supposedly blocked blood from reaching the brain and thus caused instantaneous unconsciousness.
Scientifically, of course, there’s no such thing as a “Vulcan nerve pinch” that knocks people out. Yet somehow we find ourselves clenching when someone rubs our temples too hard or a masseuse presses deep on the muscles in our neck, near your jawline.
The notion of pressure points originally began in Japanese martial arts. It was Minamoto no Yoshimitsu, a Japanese samurai who lived from 1045 to 1127, who reportedly was the first to introduce the idea of pressure points into martial arts fighting.