I realize the title of this thread may seem contradictory, but it's something I'm a bit sceptical about--let me explain. When you see someone training in striking, it seems the majority of the work involved includes hitting a heavy bag or pads, as well as being advised as to the proper form of landing the strikes. I'm just not sure how this activity, even if done in a consistent routine for a long period of time, can really give you an upper hand in fighting ability. Sure, you are being taught how to strike with proper form, but how would that really make a significant difference compared to a strike you would've thrown without any prior striking training? To simplify what I'm saying, I just can't really see how hitting a stationary object for long periods of time (even with "proper form") can make that much of a difference in how you fight. So, taking my misgivings about it into account, what is the purpose of training in striking?