I wish I could hit “agree” 1,000 times for this one.I also think there is a bad element very similar to this that is caused by too much light sparring. You do not register a hit as something you should defend.
People get way too overconfident when there’s not enough contact/too light contact. They think stuff won’t hurt them. They think they’re better than they really are.
Bare knuckle/full contact teaches what needs to be blocked and what’s an acceptable hit to take.
And unless you’re fighting someone who’s absolutely horrible and has no business fighting to begin with, you’re going to get hit. No two ways about it. You could be the most physically gifted and skilled MAist in the world, but if you can’t take a hit, you’re going to be awful when it really matters most.
You don’t need years of hard contact training for that, but you need enough to know what’s what. I haven’t done that stuff in quite some time, but I easily recognize what would’ve put the lights out and what was irrelevant. At least I like to think I do If my past is any indication, I’m probably on the right track at least.