4/11/2013 2:19pm, #41
When I use them in sparring it's usually part of breaking a clinch (guard not in place) or part of a blitz, and when I blitz I tend to trap the hands which opens up their guard for the shuto or a straight punch. I do some of that parry-and-pass trapping that you mention, and it works fine if you are faster than your opponent, but mostly I do simple lead-hand trapping--I like to fight in an open-faced stance to my opponent for that reason.
For added fun, you can even lift them into the air and then lean them into a wall or post while doing this.
'Course, I'm not very experienced.
I haven't had any trouble applying that trapping against martial artists from other disciplines when we have open sparring events at my dojo, but I usually use straight punches with my trapping. Shuto strikes aren't something I use frequently in sparring, but that isn't to say they can't work. I would want to work them a lot more than I do in sparring if I was going to really get into pro-level competitive fighting, though.[/QUOTE]