Pressure Points of the Martial Combat System


gaishoho Pressure Point inner forearm


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  • NAME: Gaishoho, (gai) Injure, harm, hurt, damage (shoho) recommendation or prescription for injury.
  • ACUPOINT: Non acu-point.
  • LOCATION: One half inch above PC # 6, on the Pericardium meridian, on the palm side of the arm about two and a half inches above the wrist, between the Radius and the ulna bones.
  • INDICATION: Not used to cure any illness or disorder, even though symptoms can emerge if hit. Cardiac pain, palpitation, stuffy chest, pain of the hypochondriac region, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, mental disorders, epilepsy, insomnia, febrile diseases, irritability, malaria, contraction and pain of the elbow and upper arm.
  • DIRECTION: Perpendicular.
  • DEPTH: 1 half to 1.5 inch, although a surface strike can have effects also.
  • BEST TIME: 7pm to 9 pm. Because Gaishoho is located on the PC meridian.
  • ELEMENT: Yin. See notes
  • ANATOMY: Radio-Ulnar region, flexor cari radialis, Palmaris longus, flexor subimis digitorum.
  • INNERVATION: Volmar artery.
  • INNERVATION: The Median and volmar nerve.
  • WEAPON: Cutting fist ,middle knuckle fist, one or two finger fist, hammer fist, dagger fist, Bird’s beak
  • Cutting fist;  The second set of knuckles from the fingernails are used to strike.
  • The Dragging Technique; with cutting fist or middle knuckle fist, first strikesGaishoho then continue by dragging your strike down one inch to arm # 3/ PC #6.
  • One or two finger fist & dagger; used for a more profound effect, because of it’s ability two strike down in to the point up to one and a half inches.
  • The Hammer Fist; being the lesser of all hand weapons, because of it’s inability to Penetrate,
  • Middle Knuckle Fist, half inch depth.
  • EFFECT: Primarily, Gaishoho is used for  Limb destruction . Which will paralyze or numb.There maybe a lack of or complete loss of control of the motor skill in the hand and arm. In a heavy strike, the pain may increase and travel into the shoulder and chest, one or more of the indication list above may develop, If the dragging technique is used, you may activate the trigger point which Would amplify any and all of the strike to follow, when the sharper strikes are being used, it will change the strike to a combination Limb destruction/ nerve strike/ trigger strike.
  • CURE: No permanent damage, use massage with a liniment unless, if high speed collision volume is obtained. Medical attention may be needed. Surgery maybe necessary if there is damage to the arteries or veins.


Gaishoho, is located over the Pericardium meridian, one half inch above PC # 6. It is in reality a point used for  Limb Destruction (1) techniques, it is not a  pressure point in the true sense of the word. If you are calling a acu-or vital point a pressure point.

Gaishoho is found in Kata and forms in almost every system.  In the kata, Nahanchi Shodan for example, the fist over fist position held at one side of the body namely chambered hands, (posture # 7) is a static posture (after the fact of completing the technical movement, the position establish after striking Gaishoho. This same static position is found in many Gung Fu forms as well, sometimes using an open upper hand or sometimes closed in a fist. Whether the top hand is open or closed, the  bottom hand (fist) strikes the Gaishoho point.  Now one possible application involved with this hand over hand posture is if you are blocking a high to middle level strike by way of an out side palm heel block and  directing the attackers hand down to the opposite side of your body, as the attackers arm comes into the correct position, your opposite fist moves upwards (similar to an upper cut) to strike the Gaishoho area of the attackers lower forearm. A higher technique is when the top hand is closed into a fist. This hand will strike a pressure point on the opposite side of the arm TW # 7&8 or striking the metacarpals of the fist.  An additional technique is dragging the bottom fist down to the wrist as a part of the continuing strike. If done correctly, pain will erupt from the wrist to the chest and that pain is crippling. And it will also activate Peri #6, which is a trigger point. This will trigger or multiply the damage and effects of the very next point that you strike. Of course, this is only one of the many possible applications for the chambered hands posture.

Gaishoho is found in many other kata and forms in many different displays. Example, when ever you see the left arm held out stretched, with the hand opened, like a spear hand which points forward, and the right hand strikes against the right palm with a hammer fist, this is the formula for blocking and then striking Gaishoho, when the attacker strikes with a straight or thrust punch. This technique is found in hundreds of kata like Chinto, Sesan and Chibana Kusanku as well as many others, and striking Gaishoho is one of it’s possible applications.

In many Gung Fu forms, striking to Gaishoho may be expressed when two open hands, clap together on the mid center line level, using double palm heel strikes simultaneously. Which is striking both the top and the bottom of the forearm at the same time.  In some Philipino martial arts forms you may witness one leg rising (as if it were a knee strike) as an elbow moves downwards and taps the top of the knee. This is also a way to apply a limb destruction to Gaishoho and TW # 7&8, when attacked by a mid level punch. There are many more application for attacking Gaishoho in a self defense situation. Limb Destruction applications are virtually unidentified and rare in demonstration, because they are ranked, as a high level of complexity.  Gaishoho may also be used in a weapons take away capacity by means of striking. Another application for the above static posture found in the Kata Chinto (similar to Nahanchi Sho-Dan) is primarily a weapons take away. The technique is slightly different, the upper fist will strike the weapons hand at the metacarpals and the bottom fist strikes the Gaishoho point, and then a circular pulling technique is used. The weapon, if done correctly, will fly out of your attackers hand disarming him, leaving the attackers hand in great pain.

But most of you know Gaishoho as a activation point called Neigwan (3) or Peri # 6  But in fact Gaishoho is found about a inch higher on the center of the inner forearm. (Neigwan, is said to be a activation point to only certain individual points like stomach # 9. This in fact, is not true, Neigwan is a activation point for all other strikes after the fact of striking Neigwan! Neigwan and Gaishoho are in two different places, one (Gaishoho) is above the other (Neigwan) both can only be activated by using the dragging technique, then the strike will have multiple purposes. On top of the limb destruction effects, it will multiply the effects of the very next point you strike, whether on the head or the foot or any place in between.

Neigwan can also be used as a press point. Gaishoho can not be pressed. The point of the thumb is often used which will deliver mid level to intense pain if pressed towards the fist. Neigwan may also be hit by a range of fist styles. < see Master Moran’s clinic # 1/ arm three >(2)
The fact that the techniques involved in activating Gaishoho are complex for the most part and the skill level is extremely high they are usually given to a student at the 5th Dan level and up. The technique using the hammer fist against the palm is usually given at around the brown belt level. The sharp strikes, the one or two finger strikes and the dagger strike along with the bird’s beak fist styles, are given to students approaching master level, for they are the most dangerous and the skill level is even higher.
Warning: Although the trauma is usually not permanent, there is a 5 percent chance that a high speed strike may bring about one or more of the indications listed above. When practicing, press to find Gaishoho, strike only with a very light strike. Also when practicing the dragging technique, do the technique in slow motion very lightly. Should one of the above indication arise, go to a doctor of Acupuncture immediately. If there is internal bleeding, surgery maybe needed.

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Foot Notes

(1)  Limb Destruction techniques, are used on Points of the limbs to devastate the usefulness of that limb in any further attack. These techniques are used to cause the attacking limb to be put out of commission by way of pain, numbness, Ripped Muscle, damaged tendons or cartilage, or internal bleeding.
(2) Comments referring to the American pressure point system, are given by permition of Master Robert Moran 9th Dan and President of  N . I. P. P. A. and the founder of American Pressure Point Systems,  LTD.
(3) Neigwan or Peri # 6, is a cavity- point used in the treating of illness and martial arts applications as a activation point.
(4) Gaishoho has been translated by L. P. Lambert from the charts and explanations of Grand Master Hohan Sokon.

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