Kyusho-Jitsu (vital point fighting) is an ancient martial art that consists of striking certain points on the body to cause illness or death. The points are usually referred to as vital points or pressure points. The majority of these points correspond to the same locations as acupuncture points. Kyusho-Jitsu is an extremely dangerous martial art, which can cause a great deal of damage to the human body. The effects of attacking the pressure points include knockout, death, and a delayed death. Many have seen videotapes and seminars where a subject looses consciousness after being struck on certain points. Although this is a very dramatic demonstration method, it could have dangerous consequences.
Many believe that the same man, who is believed to have developed the original Tai Chi form, centuries ago, also created Kyusho-Jitsu. Some have postulated that this form contained the founder's methods of attacking the most dangerous pressure points. According to legend, this knowledge spread rapidly and influenced the development of many Chinese martial arts. These martial arts then influenced the ancient Okinawan martial art called Karate. It is believed by many that the traditional katas (forms) of the Okinawan martial arts also contain the secrets of striking the pressure points. This is interesting because Okinawan Karate has had a major impact on the martial arts of Korea and Japan. Thus, the traditional katas or forms of these martial arts also contain the secrets of Kyusho-Jitsu.
In the past, this knowledge was only taught to the most advanced and trusted students. As the martial arts spread around the world, the knowledge of Kyusho-Jitsu (pressure point fighting) remained in seclusion. Thus, the true nature of many martial arts remained shrouded in secrecy. Recently this tradition of secrecy has been broken and there are martial arts masters who teach the methods of attacking the points to the public. Information is now available at seminars, in books, and on videotapes. I personally believe sharing this knowledge has had a positive effect on the martial arts.
In most instances, Kyusho-Jitsu is explained and taught using eastern meridian theory based on acupuncture. Although this has been the tradition for many years, it has led to a great deal of skepticism and confusion. Because of this, many have disregarded the warnings about Kyusho-Jitsu and started to experiment with the points. This practice could have tragic consequences. If the dangerous effects of Kyusho-Jitsu were also explained with western science, the warnings about the points might have more credibility.
At Sidekicks, Kyusho-Jitsu is taught first of all, safely, and instructed only by Masters Don and John Tomasi. Our belief is that pressure points only need be lightly touched for the student to understand where they are located and how to use them for self defense. Purchased videotapes are shown of actual knockouts - again, we do nothing to risk our students health and well being. We teach Kyusho-Jitsu only to interested students that have reached both, the rank of 3rd gup and are a minimum of 12 years of age. In essence, they have reached the minimum age of reason and have demonstrated over a several year period that they have the courage to live by our Sidekicks system of honor.
Our curriculum consists of two levels: Level-one is taught from the eastern medicine prospective of the energy meridians and the five principles of application. Level-two is taught from the western medicine prospective of the neurological system. Each level-two class session also includes health improvement applications of the same material. Kyusho-Jitsu is not taught as a "new" martial art. At both levels, students learn to interpret their Taekwondo forms and self-defense techniques in terms of Kyusho-Jitsu. Level-one is a prerequisite for Level-two.
Each fall, eligible students are invited to join the level-one class. Kyusho-Jitsu is our Masters Club curriculum. Masters Club meets one Saturday each month for two hours per level. The length of time to complete both levels is approximately two and one-half years.
Following successful completion of both course levels, students are invited to test for their Black Belt in Kyusho-Jitsu.