IT CAN cure hiccups as well as stopping an aggressor in his tracks...
Now the unusual martial art of kyusho is being taught by an instructor in Eckington.
Kyusho is based on Chinese methods of acupressure and teaches the harnessing of inner strength and energy to affect the body’s pressure points and nerve centres.
There are only half a dozen kyusho instructors in the UK – one of whom is Chris Levick, aged 27, who teaches monthly classes at Eckington Church Hall.
His father Richard Levick, 54, who helps Chris promote the little-known practice, said: “We are both karate instructors and have both been involved with martial arts for more than 20 years.
“A few years ago we attended a seminar about kyusho with American karate champion George Dillman and it was a revelation. It’s addictive because it’s so effortless.”
Richard, from Eckington, said as well as being used for self-defence, kyusho is also a healing art.
“It doesn’t require strength, flexibility or stamina. It’s not designed to keep you fit but your body will become conditioned and participants may notice an overall improvement in health.”
Kyusho is even taught to police and the military on the Continent and in some US states as a quick and easy way of subduing aggressors.
And Richard has even used it in his day job on the shop floor at PC World.
He said: “I’ve used it a few times at work to disable a couple of shoplifters!”
Call Chris on 07826 929 503.