What you guys are describing now sounds like my TKD experience. I probably learned around a dozen or so forms but I only practiced 3 regularly. The rest were learned long enough for gradings. The exerience i had there was worlds apart however, from the other TKD schools I would visit later, which eventually drove me from the art. It simly seemed that th art was a lesser for of its original self. That, rather than growing and evoloving as time passed, it had regressed to pattern learning for BB manufacturing.
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