Why should you care?

What is Kyusho and Why should you care?

I first started my foray into Kyusho in 1989.  

I was wrestling at Trenton State College in New Jersey and dislocated my elbow in 1986.  It was then that I started the practice of Tang Soo Do, after 7 years of wrestling that I was introduced to something called Kata.

As a wrestler we were taught to visualize the movements and internalize them so that regardless of physical practice, we were taught that we could improve our techniques through focused visualization...something I still personally practice and teach to this day.

One of the best fighters in the Trenton State College Tang Soo Do Karate Club, and when I say fighter, I am referring the sporting part of karate...tournament fighting, was beaten up by a wrestler who took him down and his hand landed on a beer bottle, which broke and cut his wrist badly.  

My teacher asked me about teaching the rest of the class about how to deal with a wrestler.  I was happy to help, but also a little confused since he was a 3rd degree black belt and the instructor.  

I admit it...I was naive and thought he was a higher rank than me  and therefore had the knowledge to handle these situations.  This was not his skill set.  He was a great teacher as far as how to teach the movements, the kata and a really good tournament strategist.  Back then this is what we thought martial arts was...fighting for a piece of plastic.

Kyusho is more than pressure points.

Adding pressure points to your martial arts arsenal can be a fantastic addition to your art.  One problem is that if your art does not focus on realistic self defense, you can add a light saber into your art and it would not make a difference at all.

In order for Kyusho to be really effective, you must have good techniques to begin with that Kyusho will enhance.

So why should you care?

Because there are a lot of people teaching Kyusho these days and most have a good grasp of the theoretical material and can demonstrate on a partner that is a sitting duck.  These, IMO, are not good representatives of what Kyusho is about at all and if you are interested in the combat applications...you are going to get ripped off money wise and possibly injured if you try this on an unwilling opponent.  

Finding the right instructor.

Find the right instructor to train with and Kyusho and open so many doors.  Just be careful about instructors throwing so much crap at you that the learning is not only unrealistic...you could be just wasting your time and money.  There are some who are very good at marketing...but that is all they are good at.  Honestly...you have to be good at marketing and if you are selling a course that you "star" in...then you should be a good martial artist as well.  Rank is irrelevant.  I know many high ranks I would not trust to teach my kids class.  Caveat Emptor - Let the buyer beware!

My question for you today is, What do you know about Kyusho and do you think it can be an addition to your art or an art unto itself?

Until next time KO your obstacles by keeping it simple, keeping it safe, and train with PinPoint™ accuracy.


Mark Kline is a short, bald, professional martial artist from NJ.  He is the architect of the PinPoint™ Method of Pressure Point Education for Martial Arts which is hosted by the Kyusho Institute.  He has thousands students and followers around the globe training in his unique method of learning through a combination of live seminars and online education.  You can can find more information about this unparalleled Kyusho Educational program here, where you can get 30 days free to try it out - http://www.KyushoInstitute.com and he can be reached directly by email - mark.kline@kyushoinstitute.com


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