I think one of the truly valuble things this presentation of the Shaolin 5/8 shows us is how the form develops different energy release in its techniques.
This is where the more important study of form/kata lies, as a tool to shape and develop specific mechanical energy release, that just practicing individual techniques will not address.
The longer Chinese forms just make it more obvious, and IMVHO, many karate studies don't touch this to a great extent.
But forms in and of themselves are just tools that accompany other studies, two person practices of many levels.
It's rare a program can address all of the potential studies, as it's rare there are people willing to spend the time really crafting thier art to its fullest degree.
But I really feel that Shaolin 5/8 helps make a case to consider (even if you don't rush out an try and learn the form.
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