Re: Kata and Forms...?
Kata is the foundation that you build from. Without kata you areimply a fighter ( and there is nothing wrong with just being a fighter) but you have missed some important training if you want to be a complet martial person.
Kata not only helps one learn proper movement but there is a mental side to kata also.
There is also much in some kata that one learns from experence that is not shown when one first learns these forms. Yes, you may learn the same lessons without kata but then again you may not.
Don't do what you can't undo, until you've considered what you can't do once you've done it.
a saying of king shrewd in Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb