Before we start talking about deadly pressure point charts, it is important to know what exactly are pressure points and what are they used for. Without this understanding, you may not be able to make use of pressure points effectively.
What Are Pressure Points
In layman’s terms, pressure points, in relation to martial arts can be defined as particular spots in our body, which when pressed by a finger can cause immense pain. These spots are actually nerve centers and there are plenty of them spread all over the body, which when hit or pressed can cause so much pain that they turn ‘deadly’ and can adequately incapacitate an opponent; thus the name deadly pressure points.
Pressure Points Charts
When such points are depicted through illustrated charts, during martial arts combative technique classes, the students would refer to them as deadly pressure point charts. Deadly pressure point charts can be found in Chinese health illustrations which show meridians and pressure points which are usually used by martial arts practitioners during fights.
Knowing where the deadly pressure points are located can help a martial artist to inflict pain as per his will. The intensity of the pain inflicted would obviously depend on the pressure applied to the point or its adjoining areas.
There are some strategic techniques used during martial arts combats using deadly pressure points. These include:
* Using one raised knuckle at one specific spot perhaps to end the combat in one single move.
* Pressing a particular pressure point to control the next move of the opponent after snapping on a wrist lock.
* Deadly pressure points are also used to make the opponent react. For instance, as soon as the opponent writhes in pain, you could make the critical hit or attack.
Applying Pressure Points Effectively
Having said so far, it is important to remember that the pressure needs to be applied exactly at the nerve center to cause pain. For instance, to cause deadly effect, one can strike the nerve right on top of the arm at the dip just before the forearm muscle. The strike can be made either with a hammer down fist or with the bottom of the arm just below the wrist. This can impact the nerve located in this area.
Thus this goes to prove that you could hit, press, or strike a larger area around the specific deadly pressure point and still manage to attack the specific target nerve to get the desired pain effect in the opponent. Some of the common deadly pressure points in our body are the side of the neck, the ear and behind it, inside of the thigh and many more. Even the eyeball or groin could be deadly pressure points and when you press a finger on someone’s eye ball, the pain can be easily imagined.
One of the secret deadly pressure points shown according to the deadly pressure point chart is specific points where muscles, ligaments and tendons are attached. Whether the martial arts practitioner is applying a joint lock or simply pressing the vulnerable spot or area with a finger, the opponent ought to experience some incapacitating pain if pressure is applied to such points.