There has been some great discussion about whether there is any direct Martial/Fighting value in practicing forms. What is your position, not just your opinion? If they are good and have purpose, explain why/how. If they are purely in the art/dance category for you explain why/how. Many of us do them because that was how we learned to perform certain techniques. How do you transfer these learned muscle memory skills into application? How do you defend forms as useful for fighting when they are a very specific pattern and a real fight or encounter is anything but specific? For the Non-tradition folks out there, is there anything of value in forms? Or are they more akin to a dead language? They had their time but has that time passed? If so how do you recommend training large numbers of people a certain technique all at the same time? What is your method for teaching a specific technique?