I'll take a look when I get home. So I should have them throw every technique we know at me and see what sticks? What if the actual movement is different from the stylized movement? Just based on these variables, that's a lot of iterations. And that's assuming: I do the techniques correctly We think of every technique I might be countering We know that in order for this technique to work, I have to grab a certain way or target a particular weak point on my opponent Part of teaching is so that we can pass down information we've learned. Take algebra for example. Pythagoras (or someone before him) took the time to work out that A^2 + B^2 = C^2. So we teach kids the Pythagorean Theorum, knowledge that has been passed down for eons, so they don't have to work it out. What was a revolutionary discovery for him is intermediate math for us today. We then turn around and teach the kids how to prove the theory correct. But we're not expecting them to reinvent the wheel. I think the same thing applies here. There's a balance between relying on the wisdom of the people who came before you, and then being able to experiment on your own. But there's also no need for me to reinvent what's already been invented. EDIT TO ADD: That's not to say I haven't found these applications. But more often I've found them by accident, or I've found them when someone's attacked me in a certain way and I've found out what works. There hasn't been a "let me try all of these motions from the forms" moment, and there hasn't been a "let me try this motion, and you attack me every different way and we'll see what works." It's more been random luck that something that worked happened to resemble something from a form.