Kyusho Jitsu: Pressure Points in Martial Arts – Real or fake?

Patrick MüskerAnatomy and Physiology, Japanese Culture, Karate Mastery, Off topic, Uncategorized0 Comments

Kyusho Jitsu: The Secret of Vital Points

In the meantime numerous videos about martial arts masters with evidently magical abilities circulate on the internet. They put their opponents in demonstrations without contact or just with a short push on certain body parts out of action. Even in Chinese films and novels about kung-fu, adversaries are immobilized on certain areas of the body with combination strokes of the fingertip. Is it some kind of practical joke and fantasy or reality?

Schema about important vital points in Kyusho Jitsu

Kyusho Jitsu: History

Kyusho Jitsu is the Japanese art of vital points, which can be understood as a complement to any martial art. Connoisseurs and interested parties may be familiar with the alternative term Dim Mak from the Chinese region. Like the art of Dim Mak, Kyusho Jitsu is also derived from traditional Chinese medicine, which also includes the study of the vital points of the human body. The art is supplemented by the principles of the 5-element theory around fire, water, metal, wood and earth.

While in Chinese medicine acupuncture and acupressure pursue a healing intention with the stimulation of certain parts of the body, the vital points, in Kyusho Jitsu the energetic and neurological processes of the human body are influenced in such a way that an impairment of the bodily functions results. This impairment can manifest itself in the form of pain, balance disorders, loss of strength or loss of consciousness.

Ippon Ken – Technique to attack vital points on the human body

Heal and destroy

The study of the Kyusho Jitsu by no means includes only the side of the negative principles of action, but also the knowledge of the relief of existing complaints or blockages up to resuscitation. Very clearly structured and clearly understandable, the knowledge can be re-integrated into any martial arts and used to improve the understanding of your own martial arts. It is irrelevant which martial arts is practiced, since the findings of the Kyusho Jitsu can flow into all areas.

Nukite – Technique to attack vital points on the human body


We should all realize that in the unarmed martial arts you have to at least touch your opponent in order to put him out of action. Anything else suggested in videos, is wrong. The principle of the vital points as in Kyusho Jitsu, however, is real and it is aimed primarily at the people who are inferior to their attackers strength. Colloquially, one could also describe the art as „knowledge of the weak points of the human body“ and this has nothing to do with magic.

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