Has anybody considered the different levels of developement?
-The level of creation. To learn the form of a technique. (The ideal form for learning purposes in a training envoronment. )
-The level of application. (Allows for deformation of form to (counter-)attack at a certain time in conflict.)
These different levels of developement have different purposes. These are also to outer edges of the scale which leads form developing towards applying.
Sparring is limited in regards to these levels. (Kihon-kumite comes close to the first level, but has already different purposes. Sparring limits the level of application because it is rule-bound. EDIT: Karate isn't rule-bound!!)
Your job as a karateka (MAist) it is to be aware of these limitations and try to work within or around them. Be creative and be critical.

Edited by Ives (12/06/11 11:10 AM)
Edit Reason: Addition