Good post Johnny. I agree entirely. People are free to train anyway they like at the end of the day, but they should be aware of what they are doing. If there is no martial element involved, there is no real cultivation of the spirit, which in my belief is the most important aspect of training. When punches and kicks are all aimed to miss, how can a practicioner hope to deal with a realistic situation. As you say there must be a balance to martial training. My favourite quote regarding this was from a Sensei describing the late Sensei Tadashi Abe. He said he had martial fire in his belly and the look of harmony in his eyes. This is what I personally feel a martial artist should aspire to.
All the best