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A nerve attack is an attack that paralyzes the opponent temporarily by jabbing various pressure points and blocking the person's chi. It was taught to great kung fu warriors, and was utilized best by Master Shifu, Tai Lung, and the strongest user of all, Master Oogway.
This technique is used in the first film twice by Tai Lung when he paralyzes the Furious Five and tried to do it on Po by jabbing his two index fingers on his ribs (which is how the nerve attack is done), but fails because it doesn't affect Po, thus tickling him. There are apparently two different versions of the nerve attack, Tai Lung's and Oogway's.
Tai Lung must use great force in his nerve attacks. When Tai Lung uses it, he jabs one point in a main artery near the heart with his index and middle fingers, temporarily paralyzing the victim and sending a blue wave of chi across the victim's body. It also turns the eyes a light, glowing, sky blue color.
Oogway uses much less effort, possibly demonstrating higher mastery of pressure point attacks. When Oogway used this technique, he would jab multiple arteries in the throat and near the lungs with his staff, pinky, ring and middle claws. Each one at a time with a different digit and his staff starting the chain of attacks. With each attack sending a golden wave of chi across the victims body. Oogway's version is much quicker than Tai Lung's version, with his claws moving pretty fast in what appears to be normal speed, but is actually in slow motion. This attack appears to render the victim unconscious rather than paralyze them.
In the TV Series, Mantis utilized nerve attacks to a lesser degree. In The Princess and the Po, Mantis jabbed several pressure points on a Croc Bandit's back, sending a small blue wave across the affected area with each jab. Instead of completely paralyzing the bandit, only his right arm was affected. Mantis hinted that the paralysis would last for a couple of days. Mantis later attempted the same technique on the chest of a Qidan Warrior, but the attack had no effect on the warrior's tough hide.
- This technique could possibly be inspired by a technique known as the Touch of Death, which works by jabbing certain points in the main arteries near the heart, temporarily disrupting the rhythm of the heart beat and temporarily paralyzing the target.