Have you watched karate movies where the hero just pokes his enemy with his fingers and the enemy passes out? This seems to be impossible, but in reality applying pressure on the body can indeed cause someone to fall down or be knocked out. Pressure points are areas on the body that are highly sensitive to the application of pressure. In martial arts, these refer to areas on the body of a person, which produces great pain or other responses by the human body when directly hit in a certain manner. The effectiveness of pressure points does not rely on great manly strength but instead it relies on precise targeting to get the desired specific outcomes. By knowing the specific pressure point areas and how to apply these pressure points, you can easily take down your opponent.
You can easily take down your opponent when you know where these pressure points are located in the body. Pressure points that are immediately accessible are found in the neck, arm and leg. Certain attack techniques are used to activate these pressure points.
Neck pressure points involve applying pressure to major arteries and blood vessels as well as nerve centers. If you attack your opponent in these areas, he will most likely faint and lose consciousness. Striking under the jaw in a diagonally back to front maneuver can cause unconsciousness or dislocation of the jaw. Grinding with the thumb or knuckles may result to intense pain. Poking or pressing in and upward behind the corner of the jaw at a 45-degree angle toward the head causes an intense pain and dislocation of the jaw.
Pressure points of the arm can be used to control an attacker and to force him to the ground. Pressing in toward the bone and up toward the wrist of the arm where the pulse is located can cause the hands to weaken, thus making your opponent lose his grip. Striking or pressing the inside of arm just below the inner knob of the elbow can cause the elbow to bend or go numb.
Pressure points of the leg can be used to immobilize, distract an opponent, or, if required, to seriously damage the leg or knee of the enemy. Kicking the back of the thigh just below the buttocks immobilizes the leg. Kicking with the toes or by pressing with knuckles the middle of the inner thigh which is halfway between the groin and the knee can distract the attacker. A harder strike can buckle the leg and force the opponent to the ground. A stamping kick or toe kick at the back of the leg or just below the knee causes extreme pain and may cause the muscle to spasm. Kicking the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle with the edge of your foot can cause pain but with a harder kick it may damage the tendon.
Proper knowledge of pressure points and pressure point techniques is beneficial in taking down one's opponent. Used accurately and properly, it provides an effective means in controlling an adversary without inflicting serious injury.