JimHawkins wrote:I personally use the spear hand lead but I shy away from it when and if the occasion is serious or could become so--why?
1. I know there is a chance I might actually land on hard bone---ouch! I could break my fingers.
2. I know the chances of me landing the lead spear into the eye of the opponent is slim... Very small target..
Very true. To take care of that somewhat I keep the fingers relaxed and somewhat curved, with the palm facing a little forward. This way there is some give if you hit something hard, and if you hit too high on the head the fingers glance off still leaving the palm to hit them in the nose, forehead or at least in front of their eyes. One problem that some have with using fingers towards the eyes is that they keep their hand stiff and try to drive it in when it's not necessary, a quick, light flick or even a touch or tap is usually enough to get a reaction from the opponent, which has to be followed up with something more damaging. Like you said, make the connection and then go on the offense.
Btw: It's important and little known that wrapping the thumb under, as one 'grabs' any handle...will prevent smooth conversion from the grab to hitting with the same hand.. Anyone know why?
My preferred fist form when I'll be grabbing or shifting between open and closed hand forms.
A Isshin-ryu fellow named Javier Martinez even makes an argument that the Issinryu fist may be indicating grabs in the kata.