I wouldn't say that, no. John has summed it up pretty well here:


They wanted a system that would essentially 'save them', instead of developing "alive" skill that would enable them to 'save themselves'..

I think what John is saying is it's more about finding a school that guides you toward the skills to express yourself combativly, rather than falling back on fixed forms, or enforcing a constant imitation of someone else.

"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."