Vital Points & Weak Spots - Self-Defense

Advertise on Wiki

Join this free martial arts wiki. Add info on Shotokan Kata, Taekwondo Forms, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Kyokushin, etc. Talk with martial artists by joining our Wiki Community.

Wiki Revision Date - 17 Jun 2017 15:18

Vital Points & Weak Spots - Self-Defense

Self-defense strikes to most areas of the body cause damage. However, strikes to the body parts listed below are considered very dangerous as they can be crippling or deadly. Martial arts students must learn how to defend or avoid strikes to these vital points when under attack.

Strikes to vital points should only be used in life or death situations because a person can severely injure an opponent or training partner. Moreover, these techniques should only be practiced under the careful supervision of a trained martial arts instructor. To avoid injury, many martial arts schools only practice vital point strikes against training dummies (i.e. BOB - Body Opponent Bag).

Martial artists interested in this topic should also visit the wiki's section on pressure points.

Vital Soft Points

  • Eye - A martial artist must guard their eyes from techniques such as the eye rake.
  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Front of neck - Trachea + Jugular Notch
  • Side of the neck - Carotid Artery + Vagus Nerve
  • Pectoral tendon
  • Solar Plexus
  • Kidneys
  • Hip flexors
  • Groin - The groin is often targeted via a groin kick.
  • Inside of thigh - Hamstring Tendon + Skin
  • Calf + Achilles Tendon

Vital Hard Points

  • Temple
  • Zygomatic Arch
  • Atlas
  • Jaw
  • Clavicle
  • False + Floating Ribs
  • Elbow - Elbows can be targeted with arm bars, joint locks, etc.
  • Fingers
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Knee
  • Shin nerves
  • Foot +Toes


Martial Arts Books - Aikido | BJJ | Flexibility | Karate | Krav Maga | MMA | Taekwondo | Other



Add Comments, Questions & Suggestions

Please use the Facebook comment system below to ask questions, provide answers,
help beginners, suggest topics for the wiki, point out non-working videos, etc.














Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.


Martial Arts Gear