Originally Posted by Stoo
So what's the best way to poke someones eye out. Do you use the index fingers, because Id imagine using the middle finger you'd get that extra bit of reach knowledge. Or do you use the thumb because the ....
Ahhh **** it I'll kick um in the nuts
I don't think they are all that effective as initial attacks. Most knowledgeable fighters would deflect them like they would a jab, or a kick to the stomach. Most males have a 6th sense when it comes to their nuts, as they are normally terrorized by their peers in this regard as early teens. I think pokes to the eye are done well when people are in clinching range, and the hands are open and near the face.
My brother, who did wrestle but was not a martial artist, used his thumb a lot in street fights. Not like a strike. He would grab someone's face while inserting his thumb into that person's eye socket. One time, he tackled two guys and held one down with his index finger in one guy's eye while punching the other guy in the face. However, these were not skilled opponents; and all 3 of them were drunk.
The inside leg kick seems to be great for finding someone's groin.