Vulnerable Or Vital Spots

The technique of atemi or atemi-waza is the art and manner of attacking certain vulnerable and vital spots (kyusho) of the opponent's body in a certain manner, with the hand, the

Atemi Waza

elbow, the foot, the knee and the head. This technique therefore implies knowledge of the spots to strike and the manner of striking them, and a sound training which will enable the student to make the best use of his own natural weapons.

The study of atemi should be pursued as follows: You should first ascertain which are the most vulnerable

Kenpo Atemi

anatomical points and against which therefore you should direct your attacks from the front, side and back, at the body, the head, the arms and the legs. You will then study successively the technique of the atemi methods demonstrated: with the hand, the elbow, the head, the knee, and lastly with the foot.

Vulnerable Points (Vital Spots) of the Body: (Fig. 52).

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sically interesting, would be devoid of practical value. Here therefore only the most important and the most accessible among all these points will be indicated.

On the body from- the front they are: The solar plexus under the breast-bone; the testicles; the inguinal folds (in the groin) at the level of the iliac fossa; the heart or more precisely the cardiacal plexus approximately under the middle of the left side of the sternum; the ligaments of the pectorals to the armpits; and the collar-bone (clavicle) before the point of insertion of the deltoids.

Care should be taken in training because an unduly violent shock against some of these vital centres can be fatal.

The vulnerable points of the back are situated: (Fig. 53). Underneath the fifth dorsal vertebra, at the ligaments of the

Kyusho Jitsu Medians

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armpits; underneath the seventh dorsal vertebra; on the kidneys; underneath the fourth lumbar vertebra; on the lateral edges of the sacrum.

The vulnerable points of the flank are situated: At the level of the first floating rib, at the armpit.

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armpits; underneath the seventh dorsal vertebra; on the kidneys; underneath the fourth lumbar vertebra; on the lateral edges of the sacrum.

The vulnerable points of the flank are situated: At the level of the first floating rib, at the armpit.

Under the arms: All the internal surface where the median, cubital and brachial nerves pass; and the epitrochlea, internal terminal process of the humerus.

On the posterior surface of the leg finally, there are: The popliteal hollow of the knee; the base of the calf at the point of insertion of the gemellus muscles, and the Achilles tendon with the ankles.

The Vulnerable Points of the Head: (Fig. 54).

In front they are: The summit of the nose; the base of the nose (upper lip), the point of the chin; the Adam's apple; and the trachea or windpipe.

Of the side: The temple; the jaw-bone hinge in front of the lobe of the ear; the cheek under the cheek-bone; the angle of the lower jaw; the sterno-cleido-mastoid muscles and the carotid artery.

From behind: On the nape of the neck; the base of the cerebellum; the ligaments of the sterno-cleido-mastoid muscles; and at the base of the neck the ligaments of the trapezius.

Equally but not mentioned on the diagram because more close at hand to localize: The eyes, the ears, and under the ears the mastoid hollow at the base of the petrosal (otic) bone; or because necessitating too much precision and strength in the impact: the forehead and the summit of the cranium (fontanelle).

The vulnerable points of the forearms, the wrists and the hands are: (Fig. 55). The radial nerve on the external surface of the forearm; the median nerve of the wrist; and the interosseus dorsal ligaments of the hand, above all the first (between the thumb and index finger) and the third (between the middle finger and the third finger).

The vulnerable points of the legs and feet are: The patellar tendon under the knees; the internal surface of the tibia above the ankle; the ankle; the Achilles tendon and the base of the toes, above all the big toe.

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  • janina
    How viulnerable is the nape?
    2 years ago
  • tuulia
    Which part in the body to attack in self defence?
    12 months ago

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