The Japanese call them kata, the Chinese taolu and the Koreans poomse.
Bruce Lee did not seem to like form practice and many modern martial artists eliminate forms from their training regime.
I,along with traditional martial artists, not only view these forms as an excellent way to preserve the heritage of our art, but also as an excellent training method to develop one's technique. Given the right form strength and agility can also be developed.
What is your opinion?