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Striking sports aren't really "contact sports" as you are not holding onto the opponent, and so your system isn't wiped out in the same way. I could be wrong as always, this is just what I think I've felt over the past 4 years with S&S and judo together.
I think that's true - striking arts are more about sudden burst of maximum energy, as opposed to the sort of continuous grind that comes with grappling arts. And as such, it would make sense to train them differently, on and off the mat.
Just an aside - I am loving this thread.