Nerve Control Training with KJN James R. Hogwood, Ph.D.
Let’s first discuss the misconceptions of nerve control. 1st misconception: nerves don’t work on everybody. This is scientifically impossible, since it takes the peripheral nervous system communicating with the central nervous system just for the perform body function. The 2nd misconception is that the nerves will cause an immediate disabling reaction rendering our opponent in capable of recovery during combat. This is also a myth; in fact, no nerves work longer then about 8 seconds. The 3rd misconception is that nerve application will cause permanent damage. I just stated that nerve manipulation only has an eight second duration. However, the strike used in order to manipulate the nerve may cause extreme inflammation that last for several days causing pressure against the nerve. This could result in some temporary nerve disfunction.
Now let’s discuss the use of nerve control. There are several nerves that I can teach you about, but in a short article like this I don’t have the capability of singling them all out. So, I will discuss where you can find them without even having any instruction.
The 1st and most reliable nerves are known as the funny nerves. If there is a known area where you can be tickled, there is a large nerve bundle there. The 2nd is known as the passion nerves, if there are areas that are sensitive to touch, then there is most likely a large nerve bundle there. But if you want to find all of the nerves used in control systems, just find the notches in the bones of the human body. Example that best describe this natural feature of the human body is; think of the hood of your vehicle closing on a wire every time you close it. The wire would sooner than later cut in half. So, with this understanding it is natural for the body to have natural groves or notches for the nerves to move freely around the structure of the body during movement.
Now that you know how to find them, lets discuss how to manipulate them. 1st and most common is to strike the area or muscle group that surrounds the nerve or bundle. The 2nd is known as counter pressure. This method is using some type of pressure coming from the other direction in order to keep your opponent from pulling away relieving the pressure. The 3rd is pinching and twisting the nerves in order to manipulate your opponent.
Why, that is the next question to ask oneself. We use nerve control not for pain compliance, but for manipulation of our opponent’s position. The direction of pressure in which I apply the technique will determine the direction in which my opponent tries to relieve themselves of the stress against the structure or nerve that I’m affecting.
Example One: applying pressure in a downward motion will cause your opponent to bend their knees to relieve the pressure against them. Although they have relieved the pressure, they have simultaneously set their stance reducing their own mobility.
Example Two: applying pressure in an upward motion will cause your opponent to come up on their toes or out of their stance in order to relieve the pressure. Although they may relieve the pressure, they have simultaneously allowed you to easily off balance them or move them off their base.
Simply stated nerve control works if you are using it to cause reactions that will assist you with your follow up tactics. Grand Master Darren Norris once told me that we cannot dictate the initial attack, but we can definitely control our opponent’s secondary motions through our initial response. All we are trying to do is set them up with the nerve technique to give our follow up a greater chance of success.
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Respectfully Submitted Grand Master James Hogwood
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