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What is KYUSHO?

The intelligent essence of martial arts. The verbatim meaning of KYUSHO (Dim Mak / Tsubo / Pressure Point) is vital point.

The essence of KYUSHO jitsu is disturbing, dazzling and stopping the flow of body-energy by attacking the vital points (meridians, and some parts or whole neural tracts) of the body.

Kyusho is based on traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupressure, acupuncture or shiatsu, but has a different aim.

Modern Kyusho is an independent, complex system; an anatomical basis for each classical martial arts.

The techniques of Kyusho jitsu can be found hidden in all of the traditional martial arts.
It can be tracked in those styles the best, where forms are done during exercise / “kata”.

Through studying KYUSHO each fighter will be able to understand the essence/nature of his own fighting style and fighting system better.

In KYUSHO each movement has a fighting competence so all the movements, which have been thought to be parts of defense or preparing (kamae), or the ones the fighter just accepted without explanation will gain a new meaning.

It is almost for sure, that practicing of any traditional martial art or self-defense system will be unimaginable without the basics of KYUSHO jitsu.

Acupuncture meridians

History of KYUSHO

KYUSHO jitsu has basically the same history as the other Southeast  Asian martial arts. It has arrived to the island of Okinawa via India and China.

In the course of the history of martial arts, from classical ‘Jitsu’ – which were real military systems, with the aim of destruction or laying out – has evolved the traditional martial arts -‘do’-, focusing on mental harmony, self-development and education.

Modern combat sports have developed from these traditional martial arts, and scoring by predetermined rules has become the main aim. Meanwhile rules make the protection of modern athletes of primary importance. 

So the real, devastating fighting feature has transformed and vanished.

Modern KYUSHO was founded by George A. Dillman (10.dan) who is one of the most prominent persons of the American martial art era. He was one of the most successful competitors in his time. He had won more than 300 prestigious fighting and form competitions.

Then he met Hohen Soken (1972) and Seiyu Oyata (1980) from Okinawa, who launched him in studying KYUSHO jitsu.

After 15 years of strenuous studying, practicing with the greatest masters and medical-anatomical research Dillman has founded the system of modern KYUSHO jitsu, bringing back the original interpretation of the martial arts’ techniques.

Okinawa Island map
Island of Okinawa
Hohan Soken and George A. Dillman
Hohan Soken and George A. Dillman
Seiyu Oyata
Seiyu Oyata


Kyusho-trainees must study the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, such as yin and yang, the ‘five elements’ or constructive, obstructive and control the 24- hour-energy circles.

They have to know precisely the meridians, the points on the meridians, and the exact angle and direction how to attack these lines.

It is also necessary to know the basics of anatomy, and the neural tracts – where they run and end.

Kyusho students must learn certainly the techniques of the resuscitation/revival because it is essential – the point is the prompt recondition of the attacked energetic fields and neural tracts.

A kyusho attack is not necessary to be so strong. On the contrary, a too strong hit will not reach the best effect in many cases. Because of this the system can be so effective for weaker persons, such as females, children or old men.

A precise hit – which links more vital points in a proper combination – effects an immediate energetic collapse.

Kyusho can play an important role in civil self-defense, or even in health promotion.

Attention! Kyusho can be practiced only under proper professional control.


Island of Okinawa
Five element cycle