Notice the succes of karate when arrived to mainland Japan....seems the japanese never though much about punching and kicking before.
That seemed so silly to me until just a few years ago. I could never understand why the Japanese had such weak striking martial arts.
Then I realized they had very strong striking arts. It's just that they were smart enough to figure out striking you with a sword, stick, or chain is a way better idea then trying to strike you with an empty hand or foot! And wrestling was what you did when you couldn't strike.