June 19, 2017

10. Pericardium 6 (P-6)

We are moving towards interesting locks and take-downs. But there are a couple of pressure points that we use in our reflexes that I want to write about and show first.

Today I go back to the wrist. We already looked at Lung 8 (LU-8) and Heart 6 (H-6). In this blog I write about the point right in the middel of these two points, called Pericard 6 (P-6). This is a press- and hit point. I have seen people grab the point and steer the arm around. I however do not see how you can use this in a fight, so I will not describe this option. I use this point a lot as a hit point.

How do you attack P-6?
You have already seen me using P-6 in previous video's. There are various ways to use P-6:
From a grab on your clothes low
Hit P-6 with the knuckles of your middle finger of your fist (Yang on Yin).

From a grab on your clothes high:
Use Mae Mawashi Uke: hit P-6 with the knuckle on the pinky side of you wrist.

Against a (hook) punch:
Hit P-6 with the knuckle on the pinky side of your wrist (by using Mawashi Uke).

In this video we show these 3 reflexes and a combination with TW-12 and TW-17 (or other neck-points)

Watch out!
Be aware, with a straight punch and a wide hook punch, you can use this point perfectly. But if the attacker comes in with a very short hook punch, you might miss the arm. The fist of your opponent could end up in your face! In that case you would go for LU-6 or LI-6 a little futher up the arm.

Background information:

More information about Pericard 6 (P-6):
The fire point P-6 is located in the middle between LU-8 and H-6 on the Yin side of the arm.

How do I find it?
Slide with your thumb from the middle of the palm of the hand to the arm. You feel a little bump, after that a hollow, when you press with the thumb in that hollow towards the hand, you will experience a strange feeling. You might feel a tinkel in the middle finger. This is Pericard 6 (P-6).

P-6 is connected to the medial nerve and therefore connected to C5-C8 and Th-1 in the spinal cord.

You hit or press P-6 in and towards the hand.

The brain will think that there is something wrong with the arm. As P-6 is located close to the hand, it will open the hand (great against a grappling attack).

The Pericard meridian:
The Pericard meridian contains 9 fire points.
The Pericard meridian flows from the axilla via the inside of the arm to the fingers; which makes it a Yin meridian. This is the complete route: 
  • The meridian starts from the chest and goes via the pericardium internally through the diaphragm. It then goes to the abdomen and connects with the upper, middle and lower burners) 
  • From the center of the chest, the meridian goes to the nipple, it comes (P-1) to the surface next to the nipple (at the side of the arm) 
  • From there it goes via to the axilla, down on the arm via the medial nerves down to the middle finger (P-9).
There is a lot more information about meridians, like times, sounds, colors, etc. It is interesting but also a complete study. In my blog, for now I will stick to what I can use and what works in our Martial art.

I hope you found this blog interesting we go back to Conception 22. In that blog we write about CV-22 as a pressure point to control the opponent or to take him down.

We cannot be held responsible for injuries 
cause by practicing the techniques shown in the video's!
Respect the danger of locks and pressure points 
and be very careful when practicing the techniques
Practice these techniques only with an certified teacher
or school (despite of the martial art)