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                        Why Vital Points are Critical to Study for Practical Defense

                        I read numerous article each day about various ways that many feel are the most practical ways to defend yourself in a violent encounter. Typically you will hear about techniques like "the clinch", "guard", half-guard", etc. As martial arts go, these are some of the more practical things that you can learn. As far as styles go, Jiu-Jistu, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts rule the day. And again, these are extremely practical systems. I read an article the other day that said that, ultimately, finding a target and striking this target with tremendous force, multiple times, is the number one way to win a fight.

                        So what is my problem with this? Nothing, in a general sense. Except that rarely will a target present itself and stay there to absorb multiple strikes of tremendous force. Our natural reaction to pain is "to pull away from the source" right? So if someone where to strike you in the kidney for example, would you simply freeze and allow your kidney to be struck with tremendous force even a second time? Of course not! Unless the first strike rendered you unconscious in which case there would be no further need for your attacker to continue to strike you. And if you, or your attacker, did continue to strike under these circumstances, you may be looking at legal charges for excessive use of force!

                        The same thing is true of "the clinch" or "guard". These are highly valuable tools that works very well in organized fighting where the goal is to survive the duration of a timed fight with highly regulated rules. A "street fight" for your life is completely different. The goal of a street fight is to survive and get away quickly rather than survive for the duration of a timed and regulated fight.

                        This being the case, prime targets will being moving constantly AND you will be moving yours simultaneously to avoid injury or death. There is a lot going on in a street fight that typically only lasts seconds or a few very long minutes.

                        So what can you do? You can study and learn every single sensitive point on the human body and the numerous ways in which to manipulate those points to cause enough pain to render your attackers plan useless, if even only for a fraction of a second, which can be enough for you to gain the upper hand and/or create space, regroup, or ideally, retreat.

                        Finally, you should never have to think about what you need to do to make a technique successful! It should be thoughtless, quick and effective. If you have to think about any more than this to complete a technique, then you will rarely be successful. You need to have multiple targets on the body that can be manipulated to create extreme pain, with little thought, regardless of the position that you find yourself in during a fight.

                        Published Mar 28, 2014

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