[QUOTE]Originally posted by Dark:
yes because these forms help you learn many strikes and blocks all at once, instead of just learning them one at a time.[/QUOTE]
I agree these combinations are necessary practice, be they as set sparring or patterns, it is far easier for the practitioner to remember all the blocks and strikes when they are put into a recognisable form. The instructor needs to teach the basics and with say 10 students in a class it would be far easier to see who is performing technique incorrectly when every student is doing the same techniques. The same applies for gradings the examiner would find it difficult to judge a number of pratitioners on thier skills if the students all doing thier own thing. There has to be a syllybus for each grade so that the student has goals to achieve and so that there is some structure to both lessons and gradings. I'm sure there is much more to add to this subject and I don't profess to know it all also I know some individuals don't like patterns, Kata etc. Everyone to thier own, but this is my opinion.