Ken, I don't think you ment to address me in your post about TRUST in your training.
I have trust in my training, that also includes kata practice, which we do like MattJ suggests; under some resistance.
Chen Zen, muscle memory won't be limited to a single technique. If someone has a good foundation in kata, he/she will feel when and what different techniques could be applied in certain situations, then and there.
Worry less with patterns and more with application against progressive levels of resistance. Worry less about number of techniques and focus on more realistic and simple aproaches.
That first line sums up how I practice kata, minus the worry less.
I'd rather say: Worry less about the number of kata, but deepen your understanding. By doing so, you'll come to see realistic and simple aproaches to application.