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Harmony of Mind-Body-Spirit. Issue 57. November 2007.

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We hope You are well and having a successful day... here is Your Harmony of Mind-Body-Spirit Newsletter from the Aikido Health Centre.

Your Unique Journey continues with our article titled... 'Aikido Pressure Points', it spotlights some of the most important points used in Aikido self defence practise - see below...

Read on... for our Words of Wisdom, World Community News, and Feature Article. The back issues & unsubscribe links are at the end of the Ezine.

Next month's article 'Massage Points for Optimum Health' a study of the best neuro-lymphatic massage points for the prevention of ill health.

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Nearly all of the techniques of Aikido have the potential elements of pressure point strikes available in them. These can be very useful in reducing the strength and focus of our attackers, in order to successfully escape or apply a controlling technique.

If the technique chosen, is the correct choice in the circumstances, and has perfect timing, then pressure point strikes will not be necessary. So most of us (who are learning to get our moves right) may have use of this information, even if it is just a back up to your normal training experience.

In Aikido, 'Atemi' is the term used for a distracting strike to give you an advantage over your attacker. When distracted the attacker may focus on your hand, or their pain, rather than their strike or grasp. Some people insist on more rigorous definitions such as only strikes to pressure points.

In this context, you could regard Atemi as 'Ki energy disturbance'. You may not even need to touch the attacker with your atemi to upset their physical and psychological balance. Some claim that the best way unbalance an attacker is to deliver a real strike, especially where there is potential for strong resistance, as in real street combat.

Atemi does include a wide range of applied force, from striking without touching to striking vital points with the intent of causing unconsciousness. Knowing the different effects that a strike on various parts of the body can improve your technique and self defence skills.

The largest weapon available to You, wherever you are, is the planet Earth itself. Hitting your attacker with this weapon, by unbalancing them, so they fall down, will gain you valuable time to retreat or take control.

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These are not usually practised in mainstream aikido, but some dojos (training halls) use a great deal of pressure point study in their curriculum.

Yonkyo or yonkajo (wrist/arm technique #4) is often discussed in association with a particular pressure point on the forearm. There is also a point on the inside of the lower leg to which this technique can be applied.

Knowledge of pressure points increases awareness of the connections within the body and provides a more precise manipulation of an opponent. There are also many healing applications associated with these points.

Here are some suggestions on pressure points for self defence...

1 - Experiment with spots that you know from past experience hurt. For example the mastoid process is the soft spot behind the ear. Press that indentation lightly to feel the pain. Also, above the inside of the elbow.

2 - Join a martial arts class that focuses on self defence. Good classes include pressure points in their training.

3 - Find Chinese health charts that show meridians and pressure points... the pressure points shown near where muscles, ligaments, and tendons are attached often offer some painful pressure points.

4 - Watch videos of real fights or something that has a few aspects of realism, like UFC. If you see someone cause pain by hooking a thumb under the jaw, that should give you a beginning point for experimentation.

5 - Read more articles on the subject and take notes.

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There are many areas of the body where intense pain develops when they are attacked. At these points, energy can be transmitted into a nerve very effectively, and as a result, they are known as pressure points or nerve centres.

Pressure points of this type occur where a nerve branch connects to a major nerve pathway or where several major nerves join together to form a nerve plexus. When such a point is stimulated by pressing or striking, the resulting pain registers on more than one nerve pathway. As a result, the brain receives signals from multiple nerves and the pain felt is amplified.

In Martial arts, nerve centres or pressure points are used to disable and to defeat opponents. However, the same points are used in acupuncture and acupressure to heal the body and to restore balance and harmony.

Different pressure points respond to different kinds of stimulation. Some respond to striking, others to pressing or rubbing. In addition, the angle at which a pressure point is attacked is critical to proper activation.

In many cases, the full effect of pressure point activation can only be felt if the angle of attack is such that the entire nerve plexus or connection is stimulated. Proper angles of attack together with specific methods of stimulation must always be considered.

Nerve centre pressure point attacks make very effective attack points in self defense situations. Some martial arts (Aikido, for instance) are built almost entirely upon the application of pressure point knowledge. These points are used to control or to quickly incapacitate an opponent.

Activation of a pressure point can cause excruciating pain capable of making almost any adversary back down. When the pressure point is released, the pain subsides. Therefore, compliance can be gained without inflicting serious injury.


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Tony Wilden is an Aikido Instructor and qualified in several Healing Arts.
He has a deep interest in spiritual matters, optimum health, environmental issues, and the creation of harmony between people and nature. Tony is on a path to wisdom, freedom and power and shares his insights on aikido, health, universal principles, ancient knowledge and master strategies.

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