Pressure Point Fighting "Reality-Based Self-Defense You Can Trust" Contemporary Fighting Arts (2022)

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Pressure Point Fighting or “knockout pressure points” is a subject that is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. However, assigning a clear cut definition to the term Pressure Point Fighting is not such an easy task because it will have different meanings to different people, especially martial artists.

Depending on the martial arts style or system, pressure point fighting can range from being functional and pragmatic to downright ridiculous. In my reality based self defense system, Contemporary Fighting Arts, our pressure point fighting techniques differ drastically from most martial arts pressure points by focusing exclusively on real world self defense applications. This means our pressure point fighting methodology is efficient, effective and safe which means that you will stand the best chances of success when faced with a self defense encounter.

Pressure Point Fighting Myths

I’m sure at one point of another you have heard about the mysterious and ancient kung fu masters who can effortlessly knockout a larger and stronger foes with a simple touch of their hand. Or perhaps you have heard about the Zen master who can kill with just the slightest touch of his index finger – known as the death touch or “dim mak.”

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I am a martial arts innovator with over 30 years of training in reality based self defense and I can assure you that such old school martial arts pressure point stories are nothing more than fairy tales, absolute nonsense that deserves the very same credibility as Santa Claus and the Golden Goose. Sadly enough, there are droves of gullible people who will actually believe such rubbish and actually devote a good portion of their lives to pursue and study it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s possible to kill a man with one strategically placed blow, but it has absolutely nothing to do with mysterious martial arts pressure points, ancient masters or esoteric teachings.

“Pressure point fighting for real world conditions has nothing to do with ancient martial arts masters or esoteric teachings.”

Pressure Point Fighting Defined

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So exactly what is the definition of human pressure points as it relates to fighting? In several of my books, I mentioned the characteristics of pressure points used in combat situations. I wrote, “a pressure point is a specific area on the human body where a nerve lies close to its surface and is supported by bone or a muscle mass. Direct pressure to a pressure point area is applied by striking it with a natural body weapon. Some effective pressure point areas include: common peroneal nerve, femoral nerve and the infra orbital.”

What Happens When a Pressure Point is Struck?

A powerful and deliberate strike to a human pressure point target may cause some of the following physiological responses to occur:

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  • Extreme pain
  • Stunning effect or sensation
  • Motor dysfunction
  • Balance disruption
  • Reflex response

What Happens When a Pressure Point is Compressed?

Pressure points targets are not just vulnerable to strikes, they can also be compressed such as a rear naked choke technique. A strong and prolonged compression to a human pressure point target may cause some of the following physiological responses to occur:

  • Motor dysfunction
  • Balance disruption
  • Involuntary muscular spasms
  • Drooling
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness

If we take it one step further, we can divide pressure point fighting into one of three possible categories:

Three Types of Pressure Point Fighting

  • Pain compliance pressure point fighting
  • Blood flow pressure point fighting
  • Impact pressure point fighting
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What are Knockout Pressure Points?

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The term “knockout pressure points” is vague and paradoxical and does not always literally mean “pressure points to knock someone out”. This is because the words “knock out” often means different things to different people, especially martial artists. For example, according to some practitioners of karate, knockout pressure points are those targets which cause brief dizziness for the adversary while other martial artists see it as targets that create a significant form of dizziness that causes your knees to weaken or buckle.

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“Unfortunately, pressure point fighting does not always mean that you will knockout your opponent.”

The truth is both definitions of knockout pressure points are inaccurate and certainly impractical for real world self defense applications. Pressure point fighting techniques that simply promote “transitory dizziness” are inadequate for real world self defense conditions. In many cases, they will not work on psychotics, drunks or drugged assailants as well as many other real world conditions. Consider the dangers of applying one of those dubious martial arts pressure points or what I like to call “dizzying techniques” on an enraged attacker high on PCP.

By now you should have concluded that pain compliance pressure point fighting cannot be considered as a knockout pressure point. While pain compliance techniques do have its purpose in some self defense situations, it should never be associated with words like “knock out.” As you would have guessed, there are only two types of pressure point fighting that can literally be used to knock someone out! They are blood flow and impact pressure point fighting.

“Blood flow and impact pressure points are the only two forms of pressure point fighting that will allow you to knockout your opponent.”

Knockout Pressure Points in Real World Self-Defense

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In real world self defense, time is a critical factor and you must employ street fighting techniques that produce immediate results. Therefore, the only safe and sure-fire method of pressure point fighting are those techniques that produce an immediate and complete loss of consciousness for the adversary.

In Contemporary Fighting Arts, when we say knockout pressure points, we literally mean pressure points that knock someone out. And since we only focus on real world self defense applications we define knockout pressure points as those targets that cause a complete and immediate loss of consciousness for the adversary. The operative words are “complete” and “immediate”.

“In real world self defense, time is of essence. You must employ pressure point techniques that produce immediate and complete loss of consciousness for the adversary.”

Essentially, there are only two ways to deliver a knockout pressure point that leads to a complete and immediate loss of consciousness. They are: impact knockout pressure points and blood flow knockout pressure points. Lets take a quick look at each one.

  • Impact knockout pressure points – these are vital and sensitive anatomical targets that can be struck with your limbs. For example, knocking someone out with a power punch. Impact knockout pressure points can also be struck with various hand held weapons, such as the kubotan stick, or club.
  • Blood flow knockout pressure points – when deliberate pressure is applied to these life sustaining targets, almost immediate unconsciousness can occur. See Choke Out: Mastering the Rear Naked Choke to learn more about blood flow knockouts.

Pressure Point Fighting Targets

I could write several more articles addressing different pressure point targets as they relate to self defense and personal protection, but for the purposes of this article I just want to focus on impact knockout pressure point targets. Essentially, when I say, impact knockout pressure point targets, I’m talking about exclusively striking the assailant’s head, or what I call “head hunting.” Therefore, the pressure point fighting targets for real world self-defense include:

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  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Temple
  • Nose
  • Chin
  • Back of Neck
  • Throat

Unfortunately, time doesn’t allow me to go into the specific body mechanics of pressure point fighting, but if you’d like to learn more, see our instructional DVD Pressure Points: The Science of Striking Vital Targets.

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FAQs

How do you win a street fight easily? ›

And do what it takes to win and what i mean by that is bite them head butt them stick your finger up

What is the most realistic fighting style? ›

1. On a collision course: Krav Maga. This martial art originates from Israel, where it is taught in the army and Mossad (Israel's national intelligence service), and many believe that it is the most effective way of defending yourself against an attacker.

How do you defend yourself in a street fight? ›

So remember as soon as something. Happens step back hands high i can defend myself from here.

How do you strike first in a fight? ›

Fire off that hook slam it right into your opponent's jaw when you throw this hook keep your elbow

How do you fight without hurting each other? ›

How To Fight Someone Without Hurting Them - YouTube

How can I be good at fighting? ›

10 SIMPLE Fighting Tips
  1. Commit to the fight. ...
  2. Focus on what you have to do. ...
  3. Exhale sharply with every punch. ...
  4. Breathe when you defend. ...
  5. Walk, don't run. ...
  6. Drive your elbow (rather than the fist) into each punch. ...
  7. Never cover your eyes or let your opponent go out of your vision. ...
  8. Lean on your opponent.
23 Jun 2015

What's the best type of fighting to learn? ›

These five martial arts styles are ideal for teaching you what you need to know if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation.
  • #1 BJJ for Self Defense. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ, is great for self-defense because size doesn't matter. ...
  • #2 Muay Thai. ...
  • #3 Filipino Martial Arts. ...
  • #4 Krav Maga. ...
  • #5 for Self Defense MMA.
23 Jul 2019

What type of fighting should I learn? ›

Muay Thai (Kickboxing) is a great starting point for a beginner martial artist. Muay Thai is a kickboxing style sport that started in Thailand. Believe it or not, children in Thailand start having Muay Thai fights at the young age of 5.

How can I learn self-defense? ›

Self Defense Training For Beginners At Home - YouTube

How can I not be scared to fight? ›

Ten ways to fight your fears
  1. Take time out. It's impossible to think clearly when you're flooded with fear or anxiety. ...
  2. Breathe through panic. ...
  3. Face your fears. ...
  4. Imagine the worst. ...
  5. Look at the evidence. ...
  6. Don't try to be perfect. ...
  7. Visualise a happy place. ...
  8. Talk about it.
14 Apr 2021

How do you protect your face in a fight? ›

How To Protect Your Face Against A Punch - YouTube

How do you defend yourself in a fight with words? ›

Assert yourself clearly, letting the other person know when something isn't your fault. If the person continues to point the finger at you, don't be afraid to call them out. For example, you might say, "Stop blaming me for something I had nothing to do with" or "I had no control over what happened.

Should I hit first in a fight? ›

Yes, you should probably punch first in a street fight. If you have no way out of a situation and a fight's going to break out regardless of how you try to avoid it; it's a good idea to hit first and hit hard to give yourself an edge in the confrontation.

How do you fight with someone? ›

Dos
  1. Do talk to the person one-on-one.
  2. Do be respectful about it. Explain why the friendship isn't working and stick to facts as much as possible.
  3. Do prepare yourself. Your friend may be angry, have hurt feelings or questions.
  4. Do stay calm. Try to not get drawn into an argument.
19 Jun 2018

How do you block a punch? ›

How To Block Punches In Boxing l Step By Step Tutorial - YouTube

What do you do after a fight? ›

7 Tips For Repairing Your Relationship After A Fight
  1. Give Each Other Time And Space. After an argument with your partner, it's important to give each other time and space. ...
  2. Feel Your Feelings. ...
  3. Use I Statements. ...
  4. Actively Listen. ...
  5. Take A Break If Needed. ...
  6. Apologize And Reconnect. ...
  7. Make A Plan For The Future.

How do you not get hurt when punched? ›

Brace for it. If you can't roll with a punch, your last resort tactic is to brace yourself for its impact. Clench your jaw, flex your neck, and tuck your chin to your chest. At the same time, bend your knees and lower your butt.

What's the most important thing in a fight? ›

The Most Important Thing to Have in a Fight
  • Meanwhile, the enemy has complete freedom of movement across the battlefield.
  • As long as we still have options—as long as there's something we haven't tried—we have hope.
22 Feb 2021

How do you train like a fighter? ›

Building Power and Endurance
  1. Frequency: 2–3 sessions per week for 4–6 weeks.
  2. Type: Strength and power.
  3. Warmup: 15 minutes of brisk aerobic exercise.
  4. Weight training: 5 sets of 4–6: RDLs, incline dumbbell presses, hang cleans, pullups, and barbell back squats.
  5. Abdominal workout: 3 sets 10–12: bicycle crunches.
27 Jun 2022

How do you end a fight in one move? ›

3 Ways How to End a Fight in Seconds - YouTube

What are 4 types of self-defense? ›

The different categories of self defense include using weapons, striking arts, joint lock arts, throwing arts and hybrid arts.

What is the best fighting style to learn first? ›

What Is The Best Martial Art for Beginners (Kids and Adults)?
  • Wrestling. Wrestling is both, one of the oldest forms of fighting, and a very popular sport. ...
  • MMA. MMA is by far the most versatile fighting style as it is a mix of various grappling and striking techniques put into one style of fighting. ...
  • BJJ. ...
  • Karate. ...
  • Judo. ...
  • Boxing.
3 Dec 2021

How can I practice martial arts alone? ›

How to Practice Martial Arts Alone - Solo Training Tip - YouTube

Is learning martial arts worth it? ›

That's because martial arts truly provide a full body workout. The consistent practice has shown to increase overall mobility, improve your body's pressure response, and increase muscle. Because so many martial arts involve repeat muscular actions over time you'll build strength and burn fat.

What is a good martial art for beginners? ›

To summarise, the seven best martial arts for beginners are:
  • Boxing.
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Muay Thai.
  • Kickboxing.
  • Judo.
  • Karate.
  • Krav Maga.
20 Dec 2021

What is the importance of self-defense in your daily life? ›

Self-defense trains you to defend yourself physically and mentally. In the event of a stressful situation, your mind reacts to the way it feels is normal. Self-defense training teaches you the “normal” reaction is to defend yourself rather than cower or run away.

What is the importance of self-defense as a student? ›

Self-defense not only allows children to tangibly defend themselves against physical attacks, it also sparks various benefits to them in everyday life. Important values and principles can be learned, such as hard work, dedication, and perseverance, as well as the importance of maintaining personal relationships.

What are the benefits of self-defense? ›

Benefits of Self Defence Classes
  • Improve awareness. CQP self-defence sessions can help delegates refine their situation awareness. ...
  • Boost confidence. ...
  • Help physical and mental health. ...
  • Teach you how to protect others, as well as yourself. ...
  • Be a good social skill-booster.
17 Sept 2020

Why do people fear fighting? ›

Our mind wants to keep us safe and that means staying in your comfort zone. Going into fight is a physically threatening situation which means our mind does its job to keep us safe by going into a fight-or- flight response; that's when the nerves, anxiety and doubts begins.

How do you tell if someone is scared to fight you? ›

So recognizing these signs might tell you that it's time to reevaluate things (or maybe not).
  1. They won't make eye contact. ...
  2. They turn slightly away from you. ...
  3. They speak quietly. ...
  4. They don't ask you any questions about yourself. ...
  5. They fidget. ...
  6. They stand back. ...
  7. They refuse to offer constructive feedback.
8 Jun 2018

What do you say when someone is scared? ›

"Is there something you'd like to talk about now?" "Is there anything I can do to help you feel better?" Be careful not to assume responsibility for the person's feelings! "Can you name what you're anxious about / scared of?" Sometimes identifying specific fears can make them seem more manageable.

How do you fight someone stronger than you at school? ›

The best way to beat someone that's stronger than you is to kick them in the groin or hit them in the joints to reduce their mobility. Attack your opponent's throat with strikes using your fists and elbows, or apply pressure to their throat by wrapping your arm around it from behind and squeezing tightly.

How do you train to punch? ›

How to Take a Punch - YouTube

What to do if someone throws a punch at you? ›

How To Win A Street Fight: What to do if someone throws a punch at you?

What is the most important thing in self-defense? ›

Pragmatically the goal of self-defense is to avoid or deescalate the situation quickly and safely. Boundary setting accomplishes this by monitoring threats based on your ethical code.

How do you defend your ideas without being defensive? ›

Here's how.
  1. Be prepared. Whenever you propose an idea there are certain to be people who do not understand the idea, do not like the idea, or simply don't like you. ...
  2. Be generous. Compliment others for the constructive feedback they are offering. ...
  3. Be patient. Few, if any, will embrace your idea as much as you have.
22 Apr 2010

How do you protect yourself in a school fight? ›

8 Self-Defense Strategies to Ward Off Bullying
  1. Use Body Language.
  2. Stay in a Group.
  3. Trust Your Gut.
  4. Flight, Not Fight.
  5. Use a Strong Voice.
  6. Attract Attention.
  7. Take a Martial-Arts Class.
  8. Know Self-Defense Techniques.
22 Jun 2021

What happens if you punch someone? ›

A person who has been punched might experience the effects of concussion . They may or may not lose consciousness, and for a time their cognitive functions might be impaired. They will most likely have a headache, might have memory loss, nausea, dizziness and ringing in the ears.

How do you fight someone smaller than you? ›

How To Fight Someone Shorter & Faster Than You - YouTube

Why do people fight? ›

It can be for love, family, power, freedom, sacrifice, and pride are one of the many reason to fight. Also different circumstances can cause people to fight. Things like oppression, race, and cultures can cause confliction with over people.

How do you fight someone who is bigger than you? ›

How to Fight Someone Bigger and Stronger Than You - YouTube

Why do I punch so hard? ›

Genetics play a huge role when it comes to punching power. A big portion of how hard you can hit is determined by the muscle, bone and ligament structures. Also, some people have a higher percentage of something called fast-twitch muscle fibers, while others have more slow-twitch fibers.

Can your forehead block a punch? ›

Block with your head.

Blocking with your forehead can even lead to damaging your opponent's hand due to its hardness and resilience, leaving you unharmed. Tighten your neck muscles, clench your jaw, and lean into the oncoming blow so that you absorb it on your forehead.

How do you block a kick? ›

HOW TO BLOCK HEAD KICKS - YouTube

How do you punch in a street fight? ›

Street Fighting Technique | Punch Faster and Harder - YouTube

What should you not do in a street fight? ›

Things that do NOT work in a street fight / self-defense situation:
  • Standing still, not moving your feet, especially when facing multiple attackers. ...
  • Deliberately taking a fight to the ground. ...
  • Failing to adapt. ...
  • Trying to talk your way out of an active conflict.
5 Dec 2018

How do you punch faster? ›

How to Punch Faster in Boxing | 3 Drills - YouTube

How do you hit harder in a fight? ›

If you want to punch harder, make sure you're twisting your hips when you lean in to put more power behind your punch. You should also exhale before you strike so your muscles loosen and allow you to punch harder. In addition to having the right technique, build muscle if you want to increase your punching strength.

How do you punch without hurting your hands? ›

How to Punch Without Hurting Your Hand - Combat Training Techniques

How do you block a punch? ›

How To Block Punches In Boxing l Step By Step Tutorial - YouTube

How do you tell if someone is scared to fight you? ›

So recognizing these signs might tell you that it's time to reevaluate things (or maybe not).
  1. They won't make eye contact. ...
  2. They turn slightly away from you. ...
  3. They speak quietly. ...
  4. They don't ask you any questions about yourself. ...
  5. They fidget. ...
  6. They stand back. ...
  7. They refuse to offer constructive feedback.
8 Jun 2018

How do I become fearless? ›

14 Ways To Be Fearless
  1. Be aware of fear in your life. Before you can begin overcoming fear, you have to admit that you have it. ...
  2. Stare at fearless people. ...
  3. Be objective. ...
  4. Be willing to look stupid. ...
  5. Adopt a mindset of gratitude. ...
  6. Seek out teachers. ...
  7. Share. ...
  8. Embrace struggle.
31 Mar 2016

Why do I fear to fight? ›

Our mind wants to keep us safe and that means staying in your comfort zone. Going into fight is a physically threatening situation which means our mind does its job to keep us safe by going into a fight-or- flight response; that's when the nerves, anxiety and doubts begins.

What should you never do in a fight? ›

What Should You Not Do In A Fist-Fight?
  1. Don't throw the first punch.
  2. Don't use a weapon.
  3. Don't try fighting someone with a group.

How do you fight with someone? ›

Dos
  1. Do talk to the person one-on-one.
  2. Do be respectful about it. Explain why the friendship isn't working and stick to facts as much as possible.
  3. Do prepare yourself. Your friend may be angry, have hurt feelings or questions.
  4. Do stay calm. Try to not get drawn into an argument.
19 Jun 2018

How do you stay calm during a fist fight? ›

How to Stay Calm Before and During a Fight - Gaining Confidence to Win ...

How can I train myself to punch faster and harder? ›

The best way to learn how to punch harder is to do intensive shadow boxing almost every day. You can use shadowbox to warm up before you train, but you must first do warm-up exercises before you shadowbox. Shadowbox before your spar or hit the heavy bag.

Can you make your knuckles stronger? ›

You can also do hand-strengthening exercises throughout the day, like squeezing a tennis ball continuously for 90 seconds. If you're at the gym, use a punching bag without gloves, which will strengthen your knuckles by increasing the pressure on your bones.

How do you hit a punch harder? ›

How to PUNCH HARD With Maximum Power!! - YouTube

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