Martial Use of Acupuncture Points

With Guest: Jonathan Bluestein

Episode Qi066

We know that Chinese medicine along with the martial and cultivation arts of East Asia share a common root.

In our healing practices we are paying attention to the medicinal side of this continuum. We don’t think about the points can be used for martial purposes, or how structures in the body can be used to generate power and force.

Our conversation today looks at some of the internal dynamics and structures from the martial point of view, as well as a tour of some of the points that can be used in particular ways if you find yourself difficult situation.

And as this conversation is the other side of the continuum we use in clinic, you’ll find some helpful clinic observations as well,
In this conversation we discuss:
  • The martial use of points, like for healing, is grounded in the traditional Chinese sciences
  • Points can be used for martial purposes, for qi gong and for alignment
  • It is less about bluntly striking a point, but more about gently and specifically touching a point
  • De qi is not just what you feel at the needle, it is how you connect to the entirety of the person you are working with
  • The physiological location of the mingmen
  • Connecting the tongue to the roof of the mouth can help move a person into a parasympathic state
  • Use of Lao Gong, PC8 and Yuan Quan, K1 for tendon activation
  • Proper tension and use of tendons
  • There are eight different things you need to know to use a point in a martial sense
  • Groups of points that are often used for martial purposes
  • Scraping and biting is a sure-fire way to frighten your opponent
  • The kind of strike, open or closed hand, and directionality all make a big difference
  • Using points to control the movement your opponent
Jonathan Bluestein
I am a veteran teacher and practitioner of the martial arts, and a notable author about them. I practice and teach the traditional Chinese martial arts of Xing Yi Quan (形意拳), Pigua Zhang (劈掛掌) and Jook Lum Southern Mantis (江西竹林寺南螳螂派).

My three published works in the English language are: Research of Martial Arts (an international best-seller), The Martial Arts Teacher and Spikey: Your Edge in Self-Defense (the latter, I co-authored with one of my teachers, sifu Sapir Tal). I hold degrees in Law (LLB) and Government Studies, and have an extensive background in Jungian Personality Psychology.

The study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Philosophy allows me to interface and correlate the many disciplines I am versed in, and in so doing tremendously benefit my quality of living, as well as the lives of the people around me.
Links and Resources


Visit Jonathan’s website.

You can find his books Research of Martial Arts and The Martial Arts Teacher on Amazon.



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Michael Max

Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
About me
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.

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