This is taken from Bruce Lee's book "the Tao of Jeet Kune Do." He thought forms were useless for combat. Bruce Lee: "Forms are vain repetitions which offer an orderly and beautiful escape from self-Accumulation is self enclosing resistance and flowery techniques strengthen the resistance...The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. When he acts, he is translating every living moment in terms of the old...If you want to understand the truth in martial arts, to see any opponent clearly, you must throw away the notion of styles or schools, prejudices, likes and dislikes, and so forth. Then, your mind will cease all conflict and come to rest. In this silence, you will see totally and freshly....If any style teaches you a method of fighting, then you might be able to fight according to the limit of that method, but that is not actually fighting...If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself...Once conditioned in a partialized method, once isolated in an enclosing pattern, the practitioner faces his opponent through a screen of resistance — he is "performing" his stylized blocks and listening to his own screaming and not seeing what the opponent is really doing...The second-hand artist blindly following his sensei or sifu accepts his pattern. As a result, his action and, more importantly, his thinking become mechanical. His responses become automatic, according to set patterns, making him narrow and limited...Self-expression is total, immediate, without conception of time, and you can only express that if you are free, physically and mentally, from fragmentation..."