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PRESSURE POINTS 101
By William Parsons
© 2004
The purpose of this paper is to familiarize the reader with using basic pressure points used for
self defense. The points described are the fifty basic points taught by the Wae Moo Kwan and Sun
Moo Kwan schools of the art of Hapkido. The following pages include a quick reference grid and
anatomical charts showing the location of these points. The reference grid lists points starting at the
top of the head down to the bottom of the foot. The information on the grid for each point includes
body location, meridian location by number, method of use, Korean name and Chinese name.
Why do pressure points work?-East vs. West: There are two basic arguments in the martial
arts community as to why pressure points are effective and useful. These arguments are primarily
cultural in nature. In Eastern (Oriental) cultures the location of pressure points coincide with traditional
Chinese medicine meridians used in acupuncture and acupressure and are though