Shotei Uchi

This is an open hand palm heel strike. The fingers are extended upward but pulled back so that the heel of the hand projects forward as the striking surface. The fingers are therefore held back and protected from impact. You can derive increased power by allowing the fingers to initially point toward the target and then causing the fingers to retract suddenly just prior to impact. This imparts additional striking power into the palm of the hand but requires excellent timing to ensure your fingers are not accidentally impacted.