Greetings all, my question is this. Are the oldest versions of the Kata/Forms the best place to truly research the applications of our mutual arts? I only ask this question because each successive generation of "traditionalist" alter these to put their respective stamps on their perception of the system. I mean is it like how GM foods serve the purpose of feeding the mass but can be bereft of true nutrional value hence people in the know seek to grow there own. Sorry if the metaphor is slightly ambiguous. Basically can people who have never had need to implement the teachings of the forms truly alter them without damaging or completely removing original intent. Here's another dodgy metaphor for you. A car is still a car without the keys or petrol but without all four components (key,fuel,vehicle,driver) working in unison its just something taking up space withlittle or no use! Give me your thoughts people. A problem shared is a problem for someone else!