NERVE CENTERS & PRESSURE POINTS is a practical
guide to the most efficent use of weaponless self-
defense using the least possible force.
The results of self-defense actions are described in
the most accurate way possible, taking into account
the factors of relative size, strength, health and
Modern knowledge of physiology and anatomy is
applied to this subject which has long been much
obscured by myth, superstition and legend. The
so-called "deadly" blows are evaluated. Fantasy
and fact are separated.
Appropriate body targets for practical self-defense
tactics are compared with point targets used in
stylized and traditional martial arts and in sport
For the teacher and student of self-defense or
of any specialty of the martial arts this book
will be an important reference source.
WHAT IS SELF-DEFENSE?
A modern definition of self-defense is in order. One way of
defining self-defense is to explain what it is not. Personal
self-defense is not warfare; it is not vengeance; it is not an
art; it is not a sporting event; it is not a movie or television
Self-defense is preparation to minimize the possibility of
assault. It is training to learn and use appropriate and
effective physical actions if there is no practical available
Self-defense instruction is the beginning of a process of
learning how to avoid becoming a victim.
Many victims of assault are victims not because they lack
the capacity to win fights but because they have been
given absolutely no preparation to cope with this special
kind of emergency.
The old-fashioned view that self-defense instruction is
training to reach a high level of fighting skill has the effect
of eliminating those individuals who have the greatest need.
It is precisely those people who are unable or unwilling to
become fierce fighting machines who benefit from practical
self-defense instruction to the greatest degree.
Our capabilities ought to bear some relationship to real-life
objectives. People lea