Well...in a prior exchange that I had with you under the thread "Pressure points for newbies", you made the following comment:
"To clear up some comments Vital points and Pressure points are not the same. Some times a PP will be locate at a vital point but there are seprate. PP refer to the accpuncture points of the meridains. Vital points include places where organs are not protected or the chance of a muscle tear or tendion sepration is possable."
To which I made the following reply:
"I am sorry, but I really have to disagree with you. You are trying to "American-ize" words from other languages and make them fit into your view of vital points and pressure points. It is a matter of what you prefer and what you mean...not some hard and fast rule where it has to be one or the other and they are not interchangable.
If we look to the Japanese for a translation of kyusho, we get "vitals, tender spot, secret, key".
If we look at the Keiraku Chiryo (meridian therapy) or any other form of Japanese ryoho (healing methods), they use the term tsubo for the points...again meaning a vital point when translated.
In Zhongyao (traditional Chinese medicine) or Zhenjiu (acupuncture) that are based on the theories and principles of the jingluo (channels and collaterals), the points are called xue or "cavity".
In the Korean methods of Keupso or Hyel Do Sul (Hyol Do Sool), the keupsoh are translated as a vital point. The same is true in Chimsool (acupuncture) and Chiahosool (accupressure)...the hyel/hyol (points) lay on the Kyong Rak (Jeonggyong 12 Maeks and Kigyong 8 Maeks).
If we look to the Indian based arts of Kalarippayattu and Varma Ati, they utilize marmmam or marma...vital points. Varma Ati literally translated is vital point striking...and we are talking about points on the body that lay on nardi or energy channels that allow us access to the internal energetic system of the body. The same is true of the various Ayurvedic healing traditions.
So...you may draw a distinction for yourself that there is a difference between vital points and pressure points and what each means...but that is not what is borne out through research."
I'll go check the thread again, but after I made this post I never saw a response from you on the topic. Sorry if I missed it...but perhaps you will take this opportunity to enlighten me as to your evidence to the contrary.
I would also disagree that the opinion on this is based on your instructor's path. I firmly believe that the thoughts, beliefs and opinons of one's instructor can shape yours. However, I am a firm believer in the concept of Shu Ha Ri...meaning that (at my instructor's request) I question anything that he has to say and I expound upon it whenever possible through my own research and training. Sometimes to even discover that my instructor was wrong or mistaken about something.
Anyway, I look forward to your information on the difference between vital points and pressure points as you have described in the quote I gave above.