November session

Hi everyone, just a quick update that I have locked down the date for the next Kyusho study group session to Sunday, November 18 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Hope to you see you there!

August 2018 Update

Hi everyone!  It’s been quiet on the site but as you may have noticed with the new look we’ve been busy!

We had the pleasure of having Evan come to Canada back in May over at Steve’s dojo to go over some amazing applications of both neurological and vascular attacks.  I’m still going through my notes on that one 🙂

And then, just because I’m weird that way, I went to New York in June to do it all over again!  It was a lot of fun and I got to meet and train with some amazing people.  I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty sore when it was all done but it was so worth it.

I’ve spent the rest of the time since working on school (part-time graduate studies) but have finally wrapped for the rest of the summer, so, that means we have the next date for our study group!  The next session will be Saturday, August 18, 2018.  As usual, we will be going over the Kyusho curriculum and if we have some time, playing with some of the stuff I got from these last two seminars!

It promises to be a lot of fun so I hope to see you there!

YouTube weekend warriors…

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.

Angus is awesome

Today I visited our pals up in Angus, Ontario for their monthly Kyusho Study group.  Headed up by Sensei Steve Lynch, we had a real blast working together.  If any of you are north of the GTA, I would highly recommend you check out this group.  You can find more information at their dojo’s website here.

Steve's Study Group Photo-2

Thanks for a great session!

Healing hands

Last night my wife was complaining about a headache that had been bugging her all day. So I offered to use on her the headache remedy that we learn in the curriculum. I did it a couple of times and asked her how she felt. She mentioned that it was a little better but that it was still there. So I tried again and left it at that. I know that sometimes things don’t always work so I figured that was the case here.

Fast forward a few hours and I ask her how she is feeling. She says that her headache disappeared for a few hours but recently came back. I was like “It worked? That would have been good know earlier!” So I do it again for a longer period of time and she comments on how the headache kept “moving” as I applied the remedy. After a few more applications she mentions that it is almost completely gone.

This is awesome. It feels like having a superpower! Between this remedy and the hiccups remedy I use frequently I have been able to help my friends and family on numerous occasions.

Kyusho is not just about martial arts and causing pain. It can also help with a variety of ailments. We do cover these at our study group but if you want to learn more check out this page.

Until next time,


Knowledge exchange

I just spent today working with my Kyusho friends from the Toronto Kyusho Study Group. We had a blast working and learning from each other. Bruce and Wayne Meecham are amazing martial artists and have a wealth of knowledge and are just really friendly, down to earth guys. I know I left today with more than a few new “toys” to play with back at the dojo.

I think of all the things I like about studying Kyusho, it is the people you meet that make this all worth it. It is cool when you can train with others to hone your art without worrying about politics or rank or other nonsense. We are all here to learn, nothing more.

Looking forward to the next time guys!