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๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—”๐—–๐—›๐—œ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—จ๐—ฆ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—˜๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€


In the subject of Self Defence and Combatives, understanding the human body's vulnerable points can be critical for protection.

One such vulnerable area is the brachial plexus, a network of nerves located in the neck and shoulder region.

Striking this area with precision and force can have devastating effects on an individual, causing incapacitation and potentially life threatening consequences. Before you start thinking of some fantasy Martial Arts film (I'm not talking about using a kung Fu Move like the five fingered exploding heart knuckle shuffle) I'm talking about striking with maybe the hammerfest, the knife hand or the palm heal strikes.

๐—”๐—ก๐—”๐—ง๐—ข๐— ๐—ฌ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—”๐—–๐—›๐—œ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—จ๐—ฆ

The brachial plexus is a complex network of nerves that originates from the spinal cord in the neck and extends into the shoulder, arm, and hand. It's responsible for providing motor and sensory innervation to the upper extremities, controlling movement and sensation in the arms and hands.

The brachial plexus consists of five main nerve roots: C5, C6, C7, C8, and T1, which branch out to form various nerves that control different functions of the upper limbs. These nerves are highly sensitive and vulnerable to damage, particularly when subjected to blunt force trauma or compression.

๐——๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—˜๐—™๐—™๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ž๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—”๐—–๐—›๐—œ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—จ๐—ฆ

When the brachial plexus is struck with sufficient force and precision, it can result in immediate and severe consequences for the individual.

The impact of a strike can disrupt the normal functioning of the nerves, leading to temporary or permanent paralysis, loss of sensation, and impaired motor control in the affected limb.

A well-executed strike to the brachial plexus can cause intense pain and incapacitation, rendering the individual unable to defend themselves or retaliate effectively. This vulnerability can be exploited by assailants in Self Defence situations, making it a high priority target for attackers seeking to neutralise their victims quickly and efficiently.

In addition to the immediate effects of a strike, damage to the brachial plexus can have long-term repercussions for the individual's physical health and well-being. Nerve injuries in this area can result in chronic pain, muscle weakness, and loss of function in the affected limb, severely impacting the individual's quality of life and ability to perform everyday tasks.

๐——๐—”๐—ก๐—š๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—˜๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—œ๐——๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ

While striking the brachial plexus can be an effective Self Defence technique, it is essential to recognise the potential dangers and ethical considerations associated with its use. Employing excessive force or targeting vulnerable areas with the intent to cause serious harm can have legal and moral implications, potentially resulting in criminal charges and civil liability.

Furthermore, individuals should exercise caution and restraint when using Self Defence techniques involving the brachial plexus, ensuring that their actions are proportionate to the threat posed and consistent with legal standards of reasonable force. Proper training and education in Self Defence tactics can help individuals make informed decisions and respond effectively to threatening situations without resorting to unnecessary violence.

In conclusion, striking the brachial plexus can have devastating effects on an individual, causing incapacitation and long term damage to the nerves and muscles of the upper extremities. While it can be an effective Self Defence technique when used appropriately, individuals must exercise caution and ethical consideration to avoid causing unnecessary harm and legal repercussions. By understanding the dangers and responsibilities associated with striking the brachial plexus, individuals can better protect themselves and others while minimising the risk of injury and escalation in confrontational situations.

DJN

Fendo UK


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