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Tenketsu (点穴, English TV: Chakra Points, Literally meaning: Pressure points) are simply nodes from which chakra can be released. There are 361 tenketsu in the body, each one a checkpoint on the Chakra Pathway System. Though ninja use chakra regularly, very few ninja possess any great control over their tenketsu. Even Jonin are only capable of releasing a small amount of chakra through their hands or feet to increase the power of punches, jumps, or kicks. The Hyuga clan, whose entire fighting style is based around manipulating the chakra pathway system, controlling the tenketsu is a regular matter. Their is a jutsu named Menma's Chakra Enhancing Music. Menma uses this technique on his allies to release more Chakra from other tenketsu (although it is unknown how much tenketsu does it affect). Guren used two tenketsu which are the Life and Death. Although she barely had chakra left. It allowed her to have massives amount of Chakra similar to the Eight Gates

Neji and Hiashi Hyuga in particular have demonstrated the ability to use Eight Trigrams Palms Heavenly Spin expelling chakra from all 361 tenketsu simultaneously in order to guard and repel enemy attacks. The Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms closes sixty-four tenketsu.[1] Though not explicitly stated it is logical to say that the Hyuga clan (and Neji independently) calculated the exact tenketsu that would be required to shut down an opponent's combat ability, leaving them without the strength to even use taijutsu let alone ninjutsu.

This attack is not lethal as a lethal blow can be accomplished with one strike by attacking the tenketsu linked to the heart. On the other hand, if all 361 tenketsu are closed, all chakra flow in a person's body will stop, and they will die.

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  1. Naruto chapter 101, page 13

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