in the patterns/kata there are lots of movements that seem to be interprated as finger tip strikes. i guess the notion is that sometimes in the past people conditioned themselves to a point where their fingers could jab through people.
is there any validity to finger tip strikes at all?
In my mind the idea of being able to pierce the skin of someone with a fingertip thrust is a little silly, but even to take the notion back a little and to attempt to inflict minor damage to someone by hitting with fingers seems a little high risk, low yield. I have seen people perform breaking demonstations with fingertips but as we know breaking a board and breaking a person are very different things.
of course finger strength is important and gouging and grabbing can be an effective method but striking????
When looking through the forms most of what is claimed to be striking with fingers can also be applied as takedowns with the fingers actually going past the person and the attacking tool being the forearm.
so once again has anyone come across any validity to using the fingertips as a striking tool