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Attacking Principles


Attacking pressure points can generate several possible effects on the body, depending on the method of attack and individual factors such as body type, susceptibility and even mental attitude. Below is a list of possible reactions from pressure point application.


  • Pain

  • Involuntary reactions

  • Delayed reactions

  • Disorientation

  • Paralysis

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Death

  • Nothing (no reaction at all)


Methods of attack

  • Attack points sensitive to pressure

  • Attack clustered points

  • Attack points bi-laterally

  • Attack the same meridian at multiple points

  • Attack related Yin/Yang pairs

  • Attack using cycle of destruction (my favorite)

  • Attack according to Qi flow

  • Attack alarm or special points


No Guarantees

Nothing in this world is guaranteed and this especially applies to pressure point application. Attacking pressure points requires very precise targeting, and depends on angle of attack. If your targeting is off or the angle of attack is wrong the point will be unaffected. However sometimes power can overcome minor inaccuracies in your technique. In a combat situation there are many variables, movement of the opponent, clothing and demeanor of the attacker all influence your ability to accurately hit anything. It is easy to find points on yourself or a willing partner. But its is very different when the quarter size target is moving rapidly, covered by clothing and is trying to rip your head off. So lets keep that in mind when training.