I understand what you are saying but I believe Forms existed before this.change. I look at everything else that has forms but no Chinese emperor. I think it's just a natural part of learning. You take a technique and break it down. You train that technique individually without the concept of winning but the focus of improving being good with the technique. Forms are nothing but techniques chained together. Instead of doing one at a time you do a set of them. The issue with forms and kata in general is that they are no longer done from the perspective of learning how to fight, or learning how to use the techniques in a fight. Because of this forms take on a performance feel and lose the fighting function. Application is rarely train within a sparring setting. Most application of technique is almost always trained for demo purposes. If a person wants to use the techniques to fight with then forms practice is only part of the training that is required. This by itself will not make you a good basketball player. You still have to learn how to apply these skill sets in an actual game be it practice (like sparring) or a real game (like fighting). If this guy wants to be a basketball performer the these drills are fine, but he'll lack the application skills needed to play a competitive basketball game. Now will this guy be better or worst in an actual game than someone else who doesn't do these but plays basketball. I think of martial arts in the same way. A person can train the techniques and skills all day long, but will fall short if application training in sparring or competition is isn't done.