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Old 03-24-2002, 09:27 AM   #28
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 915
I wouldn't rely on pressure points, they too often don't work. They are fun to learn, nice if they work, but so often don't that I wouldn't base a technique (especially one that is not going well to start with) on the possibility that uke will respond to them.

Joint locks are a different matter, if uke doesn't respond, a joint will be made useless, which is of some use in the practical world (and in class most of us are not so stupid we will risk the joint to thwart the technique---although I saw someone try it on a nidan test last week). But pressure points just cause pain, which is easily ignored, both in class and 'in the street'.
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