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#221089 - 01/10/06 08:57 AM Pressure Points to aid “Flight”
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This is an article I've done for a new website I'm working on, hope you like it:

Pressure Points to aid “Flight”

“Fight or Flight” is a term that has almost universal understanding within the Martial Arts community. Any Self Defence practitioner worth their salt will instantly tell you that it is the body’s natural response to either engage in the conflict “Fight” or seek to run away from it “Flight”. Of the two responses the obvious choice is “Flight”, because as the old saying goes “You can’t hurt whats not there!”

The question this presents is how do we make use of this “Flight” response? If you run surely your attacker might give chase? What happens if your attacker is faster than you? Asking just these simple questions makes “Flight” trickier than it first appeared.

Before we utilise the “Flight” option we really first want to ensure that we maximise our chances of fleeing successfully. One option we have in which to increase the odds of escape is that of disabling our opponent in order to gain some form of head start. This ultimately requires some form of pre-emptive strike to clear an avenue for escape.

There are many schools of thought as to where and how to pre-emptively strike. No matter which one you personally subscribe to, you must ensure that it provides you with enough time to escape. In order to do this your strike must count, failure will merely antagonise the situation and place you in further danger. When you think of suitable targets a few will probably immediately spring to mind, eyes, nose, throat and groin to name but a few. These are all excellent targets, but if we look towards the pressure points we’ll see we actually have some potent and viable alternatives.

It’s a common misconception that pressure points are hideously complex to attack effectively in real life. As with anything in self defence, if it’s not simple it won’t work. So if we are going to utilise a pressure point attack it has to be simple. The following three targets are all highly accessible, extremely effective and best of all simple to learn.

The first target isn’t a single point, but actually a cluster of them. On the outer upper corner of forehead is a cluster of Gall Bladder (GB) meridian points, GB13[1], GB14[2] and GB15[3]. These three points form an upside down triangle above the eye brow. This triangle cluster of points is conveniently sized so that all three points will fit neatly under the palm of your hand if you were to place it on someone’s forehead.

Striking this cluster is done by slapping down with your palm. The easiest way to describe the method is to imagine that you have an empty beer can in your palm that you’re trying to crush on your attacker’s skull. It’s a dull heavy thud. So all you need to do is to visualise an empty beer can and crush it as hard and fast as you can into the cluster. For a greater effect imagine that you are crushing your imaginary beer can in and down at a 45 degree angle towards the opposite side of the skull. Remember that this cluster of points is bi-lateral (meaning that it is on both sides of the skull), so smashing two beer cans (one in each hand to either side of the skull) will add even more potency by doubling the effect of the strike.

Hitting into the Gall Bladder cluster will cause temporary concussion and cause an attackers brain to momentarily blackout. Even practicing at low power levels you can get a feel for the effect of the concussion. This will buy you time to either follow up or make a run for it.

To develop this strike you can actually practice crushing empty beer cans. The faster and more smoothly you can crush the can, the more power you will generate with the strike. This also gives you a great excuse to get through a six pack!

The next target we will look at is located on the corner of the jaw hinge and runs along the Stomach (ST) meridian, ST6[4]. As with the previous strike, imagine you have an empty beer can in your hand. Grasping your beer can around the bottom so that it sits in the palm of your hand, smash it into the ST6. We’re not simply trying crush the can into ST6, but actually drive it through the skull. Again angling the strike properly will greatly increase its effect, the correct angle is in and up at a 45 degree angle out of the top of the skull. Again this can be practiced with your empties!

This strike will again cause concussion, but due to the sensitive nature of the target area may also cause unconsciousness. As with the Gall Bladder cluster this all buys you time!

For our last target we will look at a quick and easy way of taking out an attacker’s leg. Along the inside edge of the shin bone runs the Spleen (SP) meridian. Pressing in with your thumb about an inch or so round from the shin to the inner leg with the thumb will probably be fairly tender, that’s the Spleen meridian. Working your way up from the ankle you’ll find one spot about a third of the way up that is particularly tender, SP6[5]. Note how painful a simple push with the thumb is to SP6. Now imagine the damage that can be caused with the tip of a shoe. A short sharp kick to this point will completely immobilise the leg. If an attacker can’t use their leg, they can’t follow you.

I’m afraid I can’t think of a way to drink beer and practice this point, although it can be practiced using a kick shield. Lean a kick shield up against a wall and you’ve now got a perfect target to practice your SP6 kick against.

Being armed with just these three targets and strikes gives you some simple yet effective methods that can easily be executed on the street. They do not require years of practice, flow perfectly from a passive open handed posture and more importantly will not cause any permanent damage to your attacker. Combining them will yield even greater results, attacking either the Gall Bladder cluster or ST6 in the head will provide you time for the SP6 kick. With your opponent immobilised gives you ample opportunity to utilise your “Flight” response.

[1] GB13 http://www.acuxo.com/meridianPictures.asp?point=GB13&meridian=Gall%20Bladder

[2] GB14 http://www.acuxo.com/meridianPictures.asp?point=GB14&meridian=Gall%20Bladder

[3] GB15 http://www.acuxo.com/meridianPictures.asp?point=GB15&meridian=Gall%20Bladder

[4] ST6 http://www.acuxo.com/meridianPictures.asp?point=ST6&meridian=Stomach

[5] SP6 http://www.acuxo.com/meridianPictures.asp?point=SP6&meridian=Spleen


Edited by Gavin (01/10/06 04:42 PM)
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#221090 - 01/10/06 11:28 AM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: Gavin]
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I like the article, Gavin. Simple approach to a few PPs I think is a great way to introduce newbies(like me) to it. I have been the victim of SP6 from my instructor during a couple small PP lessons, just some squeezing with the thumb and I came to appreciate that one soon enough.

Quick editing note: The quote in your first paragraph says “You can’t hurt wants not there!”

Did you mean "what's not there"?



PS-Congrats on making moderator!! Beer's on you.

Gav reminds Joel not to make him look silly in his section!!!! I'm the Daddy NOW!!!!

Gav

PS. This editing lark is cool!!!!


Edited by Gavin (01/10/06 11:42 AM)
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#221091 - 01/10/06 11:43 AM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: JoelM]
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Cheers mate, glad you like the article. I've really been looking at ways of introducing people to the PP's and beer seemed like the way!!!

Gav

PS. Correction made! Cheers mate!
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#221092 - 01/11/06 06:02 PM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: Gavin]
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Edit that you power hungry hunky chunk o man!.

Consider your posted edited! Behave or you'll feel what a real SP6 kick is like!


Edited by Gavin (01/12/06 03:30 PM)
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#221093 - 01/12/06 01:00 PM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: McSensei]
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Really and truly I'm so happy that Gav has taken over! I also promise to stop being a pain in the behind!

Luv 'n hugs

McSensei!




Now thats more like it! - Gav


Edited by Gavin (01/12/06 03:33 PM)
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#221094 - 01/12/06 01:14 PM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: Gavin]
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Thanks for the article Gavin. Always good to read your posts on PP.
I unfortunately found SP6 on my own, the hard way. Ever get a pain in your side, arm, leg, etc, for no apparent reason, and slapped at it to make it go away? 'Stupid pain, I haven't hurt my (leg, arm, etc), there's no reason for you to hurt.' Well, the inside of my calf/shin area started this up, a real annoying pain, and I smacked it hoping that the bloodflow would change the feeling. Still hurts. OK, Hey Mr. Leg, You are not hurt ! Nothing has happened to you! (PAIN PAIN) OK you want something to hurt about HERE! BAM BAM BAM How's THAT Mr. Leg! A few hard palm strikes, and I'm almost in tears. One spot in there did NOT like being hit at all, and my leg went numb, swelled up, and pretty much got me back. This was 9 months ago and it still swells, and lower left leg is lumpy in that area, socks leave deep lines unlike the right leg.
Arthritis in the knee later led to the discovery of the little knob of bone on the inside of the knee,3 cun inside of kneecap, aggravation led to a good smack, and I dropped. It was weird, so instantaneous, my leg just collapsed.
I have since ceased this injurious form of physical therapy.


P.S. ( Aside from obviously going to see a doctor,) Gavin, can you give any insight as to why I would show damage to this area after so long a time??
Michael Angelo


Edited by MAngelo (01/12/06 03:43 PM)

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#221095 - 01/13/06 05:23 AM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: MAngelo]
Gavin Offline
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Michael,

I'm affraid I'm not that far along with my Shiatsu studies so I'm not really that qualified to answer that....I'm far better at creating pain using PP's than healing with them. A balance I'm actively addressing.

SP6 is a pretty hefty point within TCM it is where the Spleen, Liver and Kidney meridian intersect. Tenderness in a particular spot general indicates that something ain't right. I'd go to a Doctor for sure, but you also might want to see a TCM practitioner, Shiatsui, Acupunture, etc.

Sorry couldn't be of more help mate!

Gav


Edited by Gavin (01/13/06 12:59 PM)
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#221096 - 01/13/06 12:43 PM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: Gavin]
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Hi Gavin,

Like the article mate and congratulations on becoming a moderator

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#221097 - 01/13/06 12:47 PM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: jamesd]
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Cheers matey! Can't wait for Sunday's session....its gonna be fun! McSensei hasn't replied whether his gonna come to the filming yet! My axe is sharpend ready!!!!

gav
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#221098 - 01/13/06 12:56 PM Re: Pressure Points to aid “Flight” [Re: Gavin]
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Hi Gavin,

Hope it's not too sharp because i don't want mcsensei's blood on my new mats! i'll call you later when you get home, speak soon mate,

James.
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