Re: "Cheating" to survive a real fight
Yes, I am talking about kyusho. Anything can detract from one's training. However, if you look at the techniques closely as you practice you will see the suki and the opportunity to apply atemi/kyusho is generally evident in the movement patterns. For example, in katate tori ikkyo there is two-three atemi opportunies and at least one kyusho (pressure point press) possible. This can happen and a part of the movement without changing anything. I don't recommend studying these points when you are trying to learn the basics although I show my studentst he suki and possible strikes/nerve points of each technique. Later, as one becomes more adept they can start to recognize the pressure point opportunities. Just MHO.