I practice on a 100 pound sand bag on a regular basis. I think it's entirely necessary to practice on a makiwara or heavy bag. I haven't gotten to train on a makiwara yet. Just looking at them the only difference I see is the coarse texture to build up callouses better.
Doing bagwork has never added any power to my techniques. Instead I think it's important to condition your arm foot whatever to withstanding the shock of your techniques at full force. Along with hardening your knuckles and toughening up your skin. Also circling the bag etc helps with footwork.
It's a great benefit knowing that my hand isn't gonna break easily.
Edited by Razma (05/28/11 10:44 PM)