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9 Pressure Points That are Perfect for Self-Defense

Aiming for pressure points is generally a bad strategy in a street fight… But they can come in handy once in a while. Here are 9 pressure point targets that are excellent for self-defense!

Self-defense is an essential skill for navigating life with confidence and protecting yourself in dangerous or unpredictable situations.

Knowing where to apply pressure in order to defend yourself can be a powerful tool.


The neck is an incredibly vulnerable target area, and can be used as a pressure point in self-defense.

When applying pressure to the neck, you can easily cause pain, paralysis, or unconsciousness. This makes the neck an effective target for defending yourself in the event of an attack.

It is important to be aware of the risks associated with using pressure points on the neck, as there is potential for serious injury if not used correctly.

When applying pressure, be sure to use the correct techniques and use caution.


There are many pressure points located on the arms, which are also the most accessible parts of the body for a defender.

Knowing how to apply pressure to the bicep, tricep, elbow, and wrist can be incredibly helpful in defending yourself.

Knowing which pressure points to aim for can help you in an uncomfortable situation and can be the difference between you being able to prevent an attack or not.


The legs are a great target for pressure points when it comes to self-defense. There are several pressure points located on the legs that, when manipulated correctly, can be incredibly effective in disabling an attacker.

The calf is a particularly vulnerable area, and the popliteal fossa (behind the knee) is a pressure point that can be used to cause significant pain and weakness if applied correctly.

Additionally, the inner thigh contains several pressure points that, when pressed with considerable force, can cause the attacker to lose their balance and even reduce the strength in their legs.


In conclusion, knowing the locations of pressure points and how to properly use them can help you protect yourself and even incapacitate an attacker.

However, it's important to remember that pressure points should only be used as a last resort and in life-threatening situations.

It's also essential to understand the potential risks and consequences that can arise from the use of pressure points in self-defense.

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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