Is there a way, for people who have comparatively little strength to incapacitate an opponent efficiently through striking certain pressure points in combat?

Stuff like eye gouges, palm strikes to the nose, etc would work, but are there other choices / targets that will end a fight efficiently in a time of crisis? What I'm asking is basically the effective techniques that requires the least strength to execute (in a no-rules situation).

  • Relevant, since it shows the very limited number of options and their limited viability: martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/7752/… Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 12:23
  • Should we consider this a duplicate of the question Philip linked?
    – Huw Evans
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 13:43
  • martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/9280/… is similar too.
    – Huw Evans
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 13:51
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    Yeah any number of those links are already covering the answer. To the OP, I would just say you're asking the right questions. Anyone who's serious about learning to defend him/herself should want to know what the most effective techniques are. Why waste time on stuff that doesn't work as well? So it naturally leads people to look at pressure point stuff or even mystical things. They're looking for a big advantage over their opponents. But as we see in those links, pressure points aren't reliable and are actually difficult to make work, so the usual stuff in MA is best to learn first. Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 15:38
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    @HuwEvans While in general, I agree, eye pokes and groin kicks actually tend to fare pretty poorly when pressure tested because we, as humans, have developed a lot of instinctual behavior to protect our vital areas. They're reasonable if you can catch someone flatfooted, but once they know they're in a fight, it's hard to catch someone solidly. Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 12:27

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There is a technique for someone with little strength to incapacitate an opponent at least long enough to start running. This technique is called meiuchi or me uchi in Japanese as seen at the start of this video


You may want to watch the full speed strikes in slow motion to really understand what is happening.

This is a strike to the eyes, but it is not an eye gouge. Instead you slap the eye lids with the back of the fingers at high speed.

The technique is similar to a basic punch, the same movements of any good punching technique will be required. So you start from the feat push through the hips move the shoulders and then throw the hand forward.

However rather than striking though the target you must pull back your arm just as you connect with the target and allow the fingers to continue forward in a whipping action.

When practising with a heavy bag or a hand held pad you don't aim to move the bag or pad with this techinque. Rather you know you have it correct if you make a loud clapping noise with each strike.

This is a non-lethal self defence technique. It is extremely painful, but unlikely to do any serious damage. It creates an opening to escape or set up a grapple. It almost certainly will not do more than this. It won't for example knock someone out.

  • If both sides are high on adrenaline, is it likely to incapacitate an opponent through pain compliance only? (Purely curious)
    – user11733
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 22:46
  • The eyes will still stream and they won't be able to see. Adrenaline doesn't change that.
    – Huw Evans
    Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 10:55

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