9 Self-Defense Pressure Points That Can Save Your Life One Day

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The human body is an amazing thing. But apart from the tremendous opportunities it gives us, it also makes us vulnerable. Indeed, unlike Achilles, the body of an ordinary person has more than just one sensitive point...

Here at Bright Side, we’ve decided to make a pressure point guide of the human body that you can reference back to in case of an attack.

The main pressure points

The ability to stand up for yourself is necessary for everyone. If you aren’t engaged in martial arts, then you’ll find this key sheet handy.

Imagine that you were attacked, and your health and even your life were threatened. You’ll need to save yourself. First of all, aim at the most vulnerable parts of the body, like the eyes, jaw, and groin.

But there are other fragilities where nerve endings and internal organs aren’t protected by bones. Keep in mind that these hits can lead to serious damage and even the death of the enemy. Use them only if you’re in serious danger.

1. Sciatic nerve

This nerve is located between the groin and the knee on the midline of the inner thigh. A severe knee hit will cause intense pain, shock, dizziness and temporary immobility of the foot.

2. Jaw

Hit it with the back of your hand. After suffering a blow to the jaw, a person can lose consciousness. With such a hit, the head turns so sharply that the brain literally shakes.

3. Biceps

A blow to the biceps causes intense pain and temporary paralysis of the arm. Sometimes there is an involuntary relaxation of the fingers, which can loosen the attacker’s grip.

4. Brachial plexus

A severe blow to this area causes intense pain and a numb sensation in the hand. A strong hard blow inflicted just below can actually break the collarbone. A typical side effect of a broken clavicle is a rupture of the nerves of the brachial plexus. This leads to immediate paralysis of the hand, shock, and nausea.

5. Groin

There are a lot of nerves in this area, and above it, you’ll find the genitals and the bladder. A weak blow to this area will cause a very severe reaction. A hard blow can break the bladder and cause shock.

6. Eyes

strike to the eye or a strong press on both eyes can permanently deprive a person of sight. It’s enough to press slightly on the eyes, resulting in a lot of tears. Then you’ll have a chance to escape until the attacker sees you again. Use this technique only as a last resort.

7. Hands

The human hands are littered with a multitude of nerve endings. If you strongly press the area between your opponent’s fingers, they will most likely lose their composure and weaken their grip.

8. Tibialis anterior muscle

A hard blow to the tibial may break it. As a result of such a blow, they’ll feel pain that leads to nausea and an inability to step on the limb. If the fracture is very severe, splinters of bone can tear blood vessels. Shock, nausea, and complete immobilization are almost inevitable.

9. Parotid lymph node

Here you have 2 choices:

  1. Sharply press a finger or a second phalange of the bent finger behind the earlobe into the pit between the jaw and neck, or slightly higher on the mastoid process.
  2. Take the grip of the ear in a fist — it may be necessary to scratch the entire ear with the palm of your hand. Dash the lobe from the bottom up, twisting the ear up and toward yourself.

Remember: If you have the chance to run away, do it!

If you have some free time, take boxing or self-defense lessons. It’s never too late to learn how to fight.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to stand up for yourself? Maybe you know other effective pressure points? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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These are all great. But a lot of these are not actual pressure points. A lot of them require striking or yanking to do damage. For example the chin is not a pressure point. There is no way to damage it in that situation aside from striking it accurately and with a decent amount of power. The Philtrum on the other hand is a pressure point that can be very damaging and is located just under the nose


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