Kyusho Jitsu is the ancient art of pressure point fighting.  Literally translated Kyusho means "One Second",
and Jitsu means "fighting" so Kyusho Jitsu is One Second Fighting meaning that within the first second of a
conflict the control is in the hands of the Kyusho practitioner.  This is accomplished by attacking weaker
anatomical structures of the human body.   A  strike to the proper points - in the correct order, angle, and
direction - can disorientate, disable,  put unconscious or cause death to an attacker.  

Kyusho should be thought of as a targeting system.  It is about learning and understanding the weakness of
the human body,  When you start to learn Kyusho the first thing which shocks you is just how weak the
human body really is.  

The following are a few common questions and myths regarding Kyusho

Is Kyusho dangerous?

Yes it can be as it was originally intended to be used to kill an attacker,
however it can also be used to fit the needs of today's legal parameters.  
Kyusho should only be studied under a qualified instructor.

Will pressure points work in a real fight as they are so small?

Yes, Kyusho will work as an effective self-defence.  Acupuncture points are
very small but we use what is called the area of activation.  Each points has an
area of activation of about the size of a twenty cent piece.   What you need to
know is where the points are located and at what angle and direction to
manipulate them.  

If I have so many pressure points why do I not hit them every time I
bump into something?

This is where the angle, direction and whether it is a rub, push or hit point
comes into play.  Your body is designed to prevent you form hitting your
pressure points accidentally.  Think of it like this -  when you hit the funny bone
on your elbow by accident it is extremely painful.  Now try to hit it on purpose.  It
is very hard to do as your body does not want it to happen.   This is why
traditional Karate Kata have so many peculiar and impractical looking
movements.  It is these movements that are mapping out the correct angle and
direction for the points to be hit.  The sad thing is very few martial artists
understand the true meaning of their Katas.

I have seen knock-outs on DVDs and on clips on the web. Are they

I can't speak for all the clips but any done by a DKI instructor are genuine.  
Striking  the correct points - in the correct order, angle, and direction can cause
a person to become unconscious.   That is what makes Kyusho so good for self
defence.  You are able to disorientate, disable or put unconscious your
attacker without causing any permanent damage and in this litigious society this
can be very important.  

I have tried hitting the points I saw on the DVDs/web clips and nothing

Firstly you shouldn't try hitting points without a qualified Kyusho instructor.  If
you do happen to get it right and it does work, and the person goes
unconscious or stops breathing what will you do then!?!

Just because it looks easy does not mean it is.  People forget that the person
demonstrating those techniques have been doing them for many years.  Do
you really expect to be able to do the techniques after watching a DVD?  The
DVDs out there for sale are study aids.  They will help increase your knowledge
but nothing beats good old-fashioned hard training under a qualified instructor.
Kyusho-Jitsu Certification Programme
How does the Kyusho-Jitsu Certification work?

There are 5 Modules in total.  
Module 1 focuses on the healing aspect, how to fix the points you hit
Module 2 focuses on the Arm points  
(modules 1 & 2 are taught on the same course)
Module 3 focuses on the Head and Neck points
Module 4 focuses on the Trunk and Leg points
Module 5 focuses on Tuité Jitsu (Chin Na), Weapon defence and pressure testing.

You don't have to start on Module 1, you can start your training on any Module as
each module is independent of the others, but in order to be eligible to apply to test for
your certification you need to have completed all five modules in a row.  So you need
to be sure you can commit to attending the four KJCP courses in a row in order to be
eligible to sit the exam.  
The KJCP courses are held on the last or sometimes second
last Sunday of March, June, September and November each year and the course runs
from 10.30am - 2.30pm.  The exact date of each course is on this page at least two
months before the course date.  

When you attend this course you not only learn on the day of the course but you will
also then gain access to an online video covering everything that you learned at that
seminar. This is to help you remember what you learnt and practised on the course
which will better enable you to prepare for your certification. You will also have access
to a pdf of what was taught as well.     

This course is aimed at people who are already training in a martial arts system.  If you
are currently a Black Belt Instructor in, for example, Karate or Tae Kwon Do, once you
complete all five modules you will have the opportunity to qualify as a Level 1 Instructor
in Kyusho-Jitsu (equivalent to brown belt level).   After qualifying as a level 1 instructor,
if you complete a second cycle where you will learn the syllabus at a deeper level, you
will then have the chance to apply to test for your 1st Dan in Kyusho-Jitsu.

If you train in a martial art but are not currently a black belt, after completing the 5
modules you can grade for your 4th Kyu Purple Belt as long as you are 4th Kyu or
higher in your current martial arts system.  If you are currently below 4th Kyu then the
highest you can grade to in Kyusho-Jitsu is your current martial arts grade.

If you don't currently train in a martial art you are still welcome to attend the course but
you will not be eligible to grade by attending these courses alone.  You would need to
attend additional combative seminars run by the UCAA or start training in a martial art.
If you are not eligible to grade or you are not interested in grading you can attend the
course as a seminar which costs €65, but you do not receive the accompanying
instructional online video or pdf booklet.  

How much will it cost for me to get certified?

There are 4 seminars (modules 1 & 2 are taught on the same seminar) in total.  Each
seminar costs €95.00.  This cost includes the seminar and access to the online
tutorials and the online exam. After completing the 5 modules there is a €50 charge for
the practical exam.  So in total it would cost someone only €430.00 to get certified as a
Level 1 Kyusho-Jitsu Instructor.
The next Kyusho-Jitsu Certification Course in on:

Sunday 25th of March 2017  8.30am - 12.30pm

This course covers Modules 1 & 2 and costs €95.00.  After completing this course
you will also gain access to the online videos and the course pdf.  

Full details of all costs are in the Q&A's below.

All places must be pre-booked!
Kyusho - Jitsu
(pressure point fighting)
in the UK
This course is not one of those where you show up and you get an instructor's certificate.  

Firstly, in order to be eligible to get certified as a Level 1 instructor in Kyusho-Jitsu you need to already be a Black Belt Instructor in a Martial
Art (or equivalent level in a combative system).  For example, someone should have at least 5 years continuous training and be a certified
instructor in an art with at least one year's teaching/coaching experience.   If you don't meet this criteria then you are still welcome to attend the
course but you will be aiming to get certified as a Kyu grade as mentioned above.  

This course is designed to teach you how to add pressure points into what you already do.  Once you have completed all five modules (four seminars) you need
to prove you can do this in the practical exam in order to get certified.  Each module also has an online exam that must be passed before you can apply to sit the
final exam.  

This might seem like a very intense course,  and it's supposed to be as I want the course to be worthwhile.  Over my many years of training I have attended
courses where everyone got a certificate at the end regardless of their standard.  By this happening it makes the certificate received on the course worthless.  
Every course should have a set standard and if those standards are not met then you need to train harder next time and try again in the future.  

In some ways this course can also look like it's a grading fast track because someone can go from beginner to 4th Kyu (or Brown Belt if already an instructor) in
Kyusho-Jitsu in just one year and the second cycle of the course can lead to a 1st Dan in Kyusho-Jitsu.    But the only people that can reach these grades in
Kyusho-Jitsu are people that have that equivalent rank or higher in a martial arts system already
(your rank needs to be from a legitimate organisation, not one
you made up yourself.  Proof of rank will be asked for before you can attend the course with the intent to get certified)
.  So that person has already put in the
time in their given system.  Remember this programme is teaching you how to integrate pressure point fighting into what you already do.  So if you don't already
train in a martial art you are still welcome to attend this course but you are not eligible to grade by attending this course alone as mentioned above.   

The term Kyusho-Jitsu is aimed at people currently studying a Japanese / Okinawan art so if you train in a Chinese system your certification can be in Dim Mak if
you would prefer.

All the above information is to make this course completely transparent. There are no hidden charges and no hidden add ons.  

If you have any questions please let me know!  

If you would like to attend this course all you need to do to book your place is pay a €20 deposit using this PayPal link.  
This fee is non-refundable and non-
 You can then pay the €75 balance when you attend the course.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to meeting you at a course in the near future.
Kind regards,

Grandmaster Damian Kierans 7th Dan
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Kyusho-Jitsu Certification Programme Course dates 2017:

Sunday  17th of September   10.30am  - 2.30pm

Sunday 3rd of December  10.30am - 2.30pm

2018 course

Sunday 25th of March  10.30am - 2.30pm

Sunday 24th of June  10.30am - 2.30pm

Full details of all costs are in the Q&A's above.

All places must be pre-booked!  

All dates are subject to change and will be confirmed two months before the course date.