Self Defense Pressure Points Everyone Should Use

Self-defense is art. Because it’s such a vast world with plenty of topics, it’s nearly impossible to master. For example, inside the self-defense world, you can learn Krav Maga. The Israeli army uses it to transform its operators into self-defense beasts. Today, Krav Maga is famous worldwide.

In the human body, there are several points, that if you apply pressure on them, they can effectively disable a person. Some of these points are somewhat simple to reach. With accurate knowledge, anyone can use these points to disable an attacker and defend its surroundings.

In this article, we’ll discuss the different pressure points. In addition, we’ll understand how you can use them to your benefit. 

What is self-defense?

Self-defense is an act that one can perform to defend himself and his surroundings. Additionally, in most regulated countries, such an act is legal and the correct thing to do. 

There are many tools and weapons you can use to defend yourself. While some are lethal and can injure the surroundings, some are non-lethal and will cause no long-term harm. For example, pepper gas is a nonlethal self-defense weapon. On the other hand, a pocket knife is a lethal self-defense tool. However, it takes skill to master. But, you can read more on the topic of how to use such deadly weapons. 

Now, self-defense is art. If you’re willing to study and practice self-defense, you’ll have to work hard, sweat tears and blood, and most importantly, listen. 

“the defense of one’s person or interests, especially through the use of physical force, which is permitted in certain cases as an answer to a charge of violent crime.” (Dictionary)

What is a pressure point?

A pressure point is an area in the human body, that when pressure applies to it, causes higher pain and discomfort. Usually, you’ll notice people using this term in martial arts. 

In self-defense, individuals can use these areas of the body to defend themselves successfully. Because of the greater pain applying pressure on such a point can cause, it’s highly effective to use. Using them may cause you to beat a much bigger attacker or more a more prominent hostile. 

In self-defense classes and seminars, using pressure points is a great topic. You can’t cover all of it in a few lessons. Because of its importance regarding defending yourself, the coaches put high emphasis on it. Mastering the usage of sensitive areas and the ways to apply pressure on them will enforce your abilities and skills. 

To summarize, pressure points are a more sensitive area in the human body. In martial arts, many people use them to defend themselves and disable their opponent faster. Lastly, mastering the usage of this skill is difficult. However, if done correctly, it can grant you a massive advantage in a fight. 

The different pressure points


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The jaw is one of the more popular pressure points in self-defense. Hitting it will cause damage to the nerve system in the body. In addition, because it is easy to hit, you want to try and use it as much as possible.

Usually, individuals will have a hard time defending an attack against the jaw. For that reason, you want to catch your opponent off guard. That way, you’ll be able to hit it with ease. After hitting it, you’ll notice the attacker responding funnily. That is the body’s way of responding to an attack on a pressure point, especially a sensitive one.

To summarize, the jaw is a pressure point you can reach easily. For that reason, you want to catch the attacker off guard. That way, you’ll be able to ensure you come out on top. Eventually, applying pressure on such a sensitive point will cause your victory. 



The eyes are plausibly the hardest to reach and apply pressure. The human body can identify danger. Later, the person shuts off their eyes automatically. That is to protect such a sensitive part and to assure nothing happens to it. You’ll notice that when someone claps their hands in front of your face, you’ll immediately close your eyes. 

The eyes are the most sensitive part of the human body. For that reason, if one can hit its opponent’s eyes, he’ll win. Our bodies don’t know how to handle such a hit. It’s a sensitive pressure point, and our bodies aren’t capable of handling it.

To summarize, the human body is capable of handling many types of pressure. However, when it comes to our eyes, they’re essential and sensitive. Because of that, the human body can’t handle pressure on it. All of that makes the eyes a pressure point in self-defense. 


As we all know, the groin is a highly delicate part of the human body. When an individual gets hit in this area, his pain levels will increase over time. That will cause the person to be disabled for a long time afterward.

In addition, the area is simple to hit. Therefore, it’s a common area that many people use to disable an attacker. However, some people consider the groin to be an unethical attack. Because of that, it’s not as common as you would expect for someone to hit this area. 

The groin consists of five different muscles. All of them are responsible for moving your leg. Therefore when you get hit in this area, you may notice hard times with moving your legs. That adds to the fact that it’s a fantastic pressure point. Your whole nervous system is getting a massive hit. Your body will have a difficult time recovering the damage you took. 

To summarize, the groin is a fantastic pressure point. Most unprofessional fighters use the groin to take advantage of the enemy. A single blow in this area is enough to disable an attacker and ensure you come out on top. I encourage you to use this area if you’re in a dangerous situation and ready to try anything to help you. 


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The biceps is another pressure point in the human body. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s the front part of our arm. Now, it’s not as sensitive as other pressure points, such as the groin. However, if you need to defend yourself, it may assist you. 

First, ensure you are familiar with the place on which you need to apply pressure. This particular area is placed in the inside part of the biceps, facing the ribs. When you hit that specific part, you will disable the attacker. 

However, it’s not all pink in this area. While fighting an attacker, it may be tough to reach, and you may end up missing it. Later, you may get caught red-handed. That will solely lead to you losing the encounter. 

Tibialis anterior muscle

 Tibialis anterior muscle

The Tibialis is in the inner part of the leg, right below the knee. You may have noticed severe pain at one point in your life over there. A simple non-fatal blow on it will cause elevated damage. If you have ever ridden a skateboard, you might have gotten a hit on the Tibialis from the board. Such pain is known as “Skaters Pain.”

When you face an opponent, hitting the Tibilais will seem difficult. However, with the appropriate knowledge of where it is, you can easily and quickly reach it. After you do so, you’ll notice that a fatal blow can effectively disable an attacker. That will eventually cause you to come out on top. 

To summarize, the Tibialis is right below the knee, on the inner part of the leg. In self-defense, it’s a fantastic pressure point that you ought to use. Finally, hitting it can effectively disable an attacker and allow you to avoid injury.  


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The neck is an essential part of the human body. Inside it, there are plenty of vessels and veins. In addition, this part is where some of the breathing occurs. Therefore, hitting it may temporarily disable an attacker. 

For instance, hitting this part may cause severe damage to anyone. Therefore, you want to target it if you’re looking to disable an attacker. However, you want to understand the causes such a hit can lead. An individual who got hit in the neck may suffer for a longer time than you think. Additionally, he may not be able to breathe for a short time.

Next, the neck is a large area of the human body. Because of that, you will have an easier time hitting it compared to other pressure points. As a result, you don’t have to be as accurate as for the different pressure points. Lastly, I encourage you to try and disable an attacker with a neck hit. It’s simple yet effective enough to drop an attacker down and keep your surroundings secure. 


In self-defense, there are many points of the human body that little pressure on them can cause massive damage. We can use them to disable and beat much larger opponents than us. Therefore, when facing an attacker, you want to use those pressure points as much as possible. 

What is the point of self-defense? Well, it is not to beat people, nor to injure individuals. The purpose of it is to assure no innocent people get damaged. Instead, you, the defender, want to ensure you avoid injuries. But, most importantly, that you keep others safe. For that reason, you want to be as ready as possible at any given time


I've served in the military as a special forces operator for 4-years. In that period, I've trained in many martial arts, including karate, MMA, BJJ, boxing, and even Krav Maga. I want to share my passion with you, so here it is!

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