Forms can be
-An encyclopedia for techniques within a system
-A way to build muscle, speed, flexibility,and power in areas otherwise undeveloped or underdeveloped
-Unrealistic and dangerous when not understood and when practiced within an improper context
-Monumental in making you a better fighter when practiced properly, understood, and put into proper context, within a style and with a Teacher that can teach (Muscle, speed, flexibility, power,technique, flow). At the same time, practicing forms is not the same as fighting.
-A moving meditation which puts you in a state of flow, or the zone, placing you in the present
I find some systems and Teachers use forms much better than others
A weekend trip to Costco has always been an assault to my senses. The shopping cart traffic jams, center aisle shoppers, race to the finish checkout lines, and dangerous objects in the middle of the road (ie: your kids) have always driven me a bit nutty.
The present is where I aim to stay. Actively living in the present keeps my focus on the moment. In the moment, I forget about my ego. I don’t need to talk or ramble, worry, feel stressed or burdened. In the present, my focus is in the moment and on my breath. I follow my breath which guides me back to my center. Once I find my center, my energy or life force expands outwards and mixes in with my surroundings. Although I am an individual, and solid in mass, I know I am interconnected with the world which surrounds me. I am grounded and celestial. I am a part of the current of time and space. When I stop, listen and feel, I can find myself.