AKIYAMA YOSHIN RYU JUJITSU
TAKEO-RYU GOSHIN BUJUTSU
Kyusho Vital Targets
TOP OF THE HEAD:
A forceful strike causes trauma
to the cranial cavity resulting in unconsciousness and
hemorrhage. A severe strike can cause death.
A forceful blow can cause
whiplash. A severe blow can cause cerebral hemorrhage
The bones of the skull are weak
at the temple and an artery and large nerve lie close
to the skin. A powerful strike can cause unconsciousness and
brain concussion. If the
artery is severed, the resulting massive hemorrhage compresses
the brain, causing
coma and or death.
A slight jab in the eyes causes
uncontrollable watering and blurred vision. A forceful
jab or poke can cause temporary blindness or the eye can be
gouged out. Death can
result if the fingers penetrate through the thin bone behind
the eye and into the brain.
A strike to the ears with
cupped hands can rupture the eardrum and may cause a brain
Any blow can easily break the
thin bones of the nose, causing pain, eye watering and
UNDER THE NOSE:
A blow to the nerve center,
which is close to the surface under the nose, can cause
great pain and watery eyes.
A blow to the jaw can break or
dislocate it. If the facial nerve is pinched against the
lower jaw, one side of the face will be paralyzed.
A blow to the chin can cause
paralysis, mild concussion and unconsciousness. The
jawbone acts as a lever that can transmit the force of a blow
to the back of the brain
where the cardiac and respiratory mechanisms are controlled.
BACK OF EARS AND BASE OF SKULL:
A moderate blow to the back of
the ears or the base of the skull can cause
unconsciousness by the jarring effect on the back of the
brain. However, a powerful
blow can cause a concussion or brain hemorrhage and death.
A powerful blow to the front of
the throat can cause death by crushing the windpipe.
A forceful blow can cause extreme pain and gagging or
SIDE OF NECK:
A sharp blow to the side of the
neck causes unconsciousness by shock to the carotid artery,
jugular vein and vagus nerve. For maximum effect the blow
should be focused below and
slightly in front of the ear. A less powerful blow causes
involuntary muscle spasms and
intense pain. The side of the neck is one of the best targets
to use to drop an opponent
immediately or to disable him temporarily to finish him later.
BACK OF NECK;
A powerful blow to the back of
one’s neck can cause whiplash, concussion or even a
broken neck and death.
FRONT OF SHOULDER MUSCLE:
A large bundle of nerves passes
in front of the shoulder joint. A forceful blow causes
extreme pain and can make the whole arm ineffective if the
nerves are struck just right.
A blow to the collarbone can
fracture it causing intense pain and rendering the arm on
the side of the fracture ineffective. The fracture can also
sever the brachial nerve or
A large nerve lies close to the
skin in each armpit. A blow to this nerve causes severe
pain and partial paralysis. A knife inserted into the armpit
is fatal as it severs a major
artery leading from the heart.
A blow to the spinal column can
sever the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis or in death.
A large network of nerves
passes near the skin at the nipples. A blow here can cause
extreme pain and hemorrhage to the many blood vessels beneath.
A jolting blow to the heart can
stun the opponent and allow time for follow-up or finishing
The solar plexus is a center of
nerves that control the cardiorespiratory system. A blow
to this location is painful and can take the breath from the
opponent. A powerful blow
causes unconsciousness by shock to the nerve center. A
penetrating blow can also
damage internal organs.
A blow to the lower front of
the ribs can cause the diaphragm and the other muscles that
control breathing to relax. This causes loss of breath and
can result in unconsciousness
due to respiratory failure.
A blow to the floating ribs can
easily fracture them because they are not attached to the
rib cage. Fractured ribs on the right side can cause internal
injury to the liver. Fractured
ribs on the left side can possibly cause internal injury to
the spleen. Fractured ribs on
either side can possibly puncture or collapse a lung.
A powerful blow to the kidneys
can possibly cause internal injury to these organs. A stab
to the kidneys induces instant shock and can cause death from
severe internal bleeding.
ABDOMEN BELOW NAVEL:
A powerful blow to the area
below the navel and above the groin can cause shock,
unconsciousness and internal bleeding.
A strike to the biceps is most
painful and renders the arm ineffective. The bicep is an
especially good target when an opponent holds a weapon.
The radial nerve, which
controls much of the movement in the hand, passes over the
forearm bone just below the elbow. A strike to the radial
nerve renders the hand and
arm ineffective. An opponent can be disarmed by a strike to
the forearm; if the strike
is powerful enough he can be knocked unconscious.
BACK OF THE HAND:
The backs of the hands are
sensitive. Since the nerves pass over the bones in the hand,
a strike to this area is intensely painful. The small bones
on the back of the hand are
easily broken and as such a strike can render the hand
A moderate blow to the groin
can incapacitate an opponent and cause intense pain.
A powerful blow can result in unconsciousness and shock.
OUTSIDE OF THIGH:
A large nerve passes near the
surface on the outside of the thigh about four finger widths
above the knee. A powerful strike to this region can render
the entire leg ineffective,
causing an opponent to drop. This target is especially
suitable for knee strikes
and shin kicks.
INSIDE OF THIGH:
A large nerve passes over the
bone near the middle of the inner thigh.
A blow to this area can
incapacitate the leg and cause the opponent to drop.
Knee strikes and kicks are the weapons of choice for this
A severe strike to the
hamstring can cause muscle spasms and inhibit mobility.
If the hamstring is cut, the leg is useless.
Because the knee is a major
supporting structure of the body, damage to this joint is
especially detrimental to an opponent. The knee is easily
dislocated when struck at
an opposing angle to the joint’s normal range of motion,
especially when it is bearing
the opponent’s weight. The knee can be dislocated by kicks or
A powerful blow to the top of
the calf causes painful muscle spasms and also
A moderate blow to the shin
produces great pain, especially a blow with a hard object.
A powerful blow or kick can possibly fracture the bone that
supports most of the
A powerful strike to the
Achilles tendon on the back of the heel can cause ankle sprain
and dislocation of the foot. If the tendon is torn, the
opponent is incapacitated.
The Achilles tendon is a good target to cut with a knife.
A blow to the ankle causes
pain; if a forceful blow is delivered the ankle can be
The small bones on the top of
the foot are easily broken. A strike here will hinder
the opponent’s mobility.
JUGULAR NOTCH PRESSURE POINT:
(aka SUPRASTERNAL NOTCH)
Located at the base of the neck
just above the breastbone; pressure on this notch can
distract and take away an opponent’s balance. Pressure from
fingers jabbed into the
notch incurs intense pain that causes an opponent to withdraw
Located at the base of the
skull, a strike to these particular vertebrae can cause
unconsciousness, paralysis or death. The harder the strike
the more likely death will occur.
Ken Keith Master
Takeo-Ryu Goshin Jitsu
Akiyama Yoshin-Ryu Jujitsu
Takeo-Ryu Training Center Inc.
P.O. Box 379291
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