So today YouTube suggested a video to watch and it was about Kyusho being bullshit (you can watch it for yourself here). From there YouTube suggested a whole bunch of other related videos that made for some pretty “entertaining” viewing.
I did see some frequently repeated themes from both the videos and the comments so I thought I would address just a few of them here.
I heard that Kyusho is fake or just the power of belief/suggestion (nlp, psychology, hypnosis, etc.). What about those videos of Kyusho “no-touch” knockouts?
There is a lot of confusion in this area and I believe it stems from the overlap that some very well known Kyusho practitioners also profess the ability to “KO” someone without touching them. That “woo-woo” stuff isn’t Kyusho. Kyusho is not the study of hypnosis, magic, chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), or any of the associated baggage of meridians, elements, cycles or other mystical stuff.
Kyusho is the study of vulnerabilities in human anatomy. Kyusho primarily works with the nervous and vascular systems of the body. The actual systems of the body (the ones your doctor works with everyday) don’t rely on “belief” to work. Another way to look at Kyusho is to perhaps view it as providing many more viable targets for whatever martial art you practice. Isn’t kicking someone in the crotch effective? Of course it is. But what if that isn’t available? Wouldn’t it be useful to have some other options?
If this stuff is so effective, how come you never see it in UFC/MMA?
Great question, except for the fact that a lot of knockdowns in MMA fights do come as a result (either intentional or not) of successfully hitting a vital point in the body. But don’t take my word for it. Just go to Youtube and start really observing those videos where one guy “barely” gets hit on the jaw and they go out/down. When compared to the brutal hits these guys constantly take, how come they sometimes go out with a single, sometimes comically light, hit?
Another thing to ask yourself is, regardless of whether it is with a fist, knee or foot, why do so many of the knockouts use the same few spots such as the jaw or the temple? Roy Nelson (0:29) is a pretty good example of this. It’s almost as if these fighters think those are vulnerable targets…
How come in the videos you only see students who are just standing there? That wouldn’t work in a real fight!
Picture in your mind two students working on a punching drill. One of them is holding a pad or shield while the other hits it. Would the question above make any sense in that situation? Of course not. They are practicing. You start learning Kyusho in the same way. First you work with a non-moving target to learn how to access the target. Then you work on adding it to moving drills so that you can use it in more realistic contexts.
What’s the deal with crossing the knocked out person’s legs and slapping them on the back of the neck?
If you watch any Kyusho videos online you will inevitably see this. To the uninitiated, it certainly doesn’t appear to make a lot of sense as to why you would slap someone on the back of the neck after knocking them out. Experience however, validates this technique. The reason it used is because it just works. For those who want to know more, look up the Spinal Accessory Nerve. And while I would need a doctor to help explain why slapping this “wakes” up a person, you can test it for yourself. Just slap the back of your own neck and see if you don’t get a “jolt”.
Well, I think that’s it for today but I hope that it helped explain a few things.