Pressure Points ( Kyusho Jitsu)


After studying various martial arts systems over a period of over 25 years I was intrigued to find out more about pressure points. After seeing Grand Master George Dillman

(Now Professor Dillman) on episodes of Ripleyís believe it or not and other articles that I had read in various martial arts magazines.


I always used to look at demonstrations done by other martial artists who stated that they would do pressure point knock outs but felt that it had no meaning when they put an opponent in front of them who stood completely still and then proceeded to chop there opponent in the neck to get the K.O.


I believed at the time that this was highly irresponsible and had no meaning in a real fight situation.


However it has to be said that as from a child my Dad always used to grab me by pressure points when he was playing with me but he used to refer to training that he had received in the army many years ago during heís national service time as a child he always told me that by grabbing a persons fingers you would have total control no matter how big they was. As found in the professor Wally Jay system. (Base, Lever and Fulcrum)


Also there is a vast amount of pressure points within the system of Jiu Jitsu that I have trained in for many years weather in Atami Jitsu or the Jiko Ryu system. All we used to say was hit there or grab there and it will hurt.

We also had many nock outs by means of basic strangulation applied by compressing the arteries around the neck so as to deprive the brain of oxygen in order to make your opponent pass out. This method I now consider to be mechanical method, where as true pressure points I would consider to be performed electrically.


Previous statements that I have made about the system of MSASD consisting of M & E Mechanical and Electrical. (It sounds more like a contract worker)


Electrical or nerve ending pressure points are found amongst the Meridiansí as practiced in acupuncture.

Where as there are points for healing, there are also points for harming. Some points can be used for both in different applications.

Some require a hit; some require a rub and some can be hit or rubbed. By cross referencing various points we can get surprising reactions from the lightest of touches.


There are however different levels of reactions from various students and it has to be said that some points donít work on some people as well as other but keeping in mind that we try to keep strikes light in order to progress and see how the person reacts to certain combinations. Whilst setting up point and yes in some situations your opponent is being compliant with types of attack scenarios, however never just standing there like a statue.

These light touches can cause dizziness, a minor black out or a complete K.O. But in training this would be done in a safe environment and I would like to note that most deaths caused in fights are generally by means of concrete or a sharp object coming in contact with the said persons head or neck on there fall to the ground by means of perhaps a single punch. This is not uncommon but generally it is not the initial punch that causes the death.


DKI or Zendoryu Qualified instruction.

Training should always take place under a qualified instructor. It has been mentioned to me in the past that certain DVDís has been purchased and that this stuff doesnít work no matter how hard they strike there opponent. This is generally because they donít realize the fine subtletiesí that are taking place during the technique. Striking points does not only consist of striking points. I.e. there are 361 point and a further 391 extra ordinary points situated around the body. They can be activated within an area the size of a £1.00 pound coin. What is important is the angle and direction of the strike. 



All instructors have been trained in the healing techniques used in Kyusho Jitsu and it has been noted that the quicker you do the healing the less discomfort there would be to the affected person.


Grand Master Paul Bowman

After receiving an invite to the George Dillman seminar. That was held in Watford in 2005 from Grand Master Paul Bowman.

I thought why not give it a go and see for myself what it is all about. It was also a good opportunity to meet G.M Dillman who had trained once with the great Muhammad Ali.

Since then Grand Master Paul Bowman has became my mentor and friend and it has been a great pleasure being apart of the Zendoryu and D.K.I family that has affiliations all over the word to which I can say  MSASD ha s the 6th UK Affiliation to the DKI organization.



Pressure points therefore are a great leveller. It can be applied by the frail, the weak, and by women or smaller people who would generally be over powered by a bigger stronger opponent.

This therefore levels the playing field and thatís why many techniques from this system have been incorporated to the MSASD Self Defence Syllabus.