As you train, new forms are taught to advance the number of techniques you know and develop your physical abilities. These forms are an essential part of the art and each movement contains many techniques for fighting. As mentioned in a prior post, it is not enough to know the form. You must really know the form. So much so that there must be no chance to get it wrong. That is when you truly “own” it and are able to utilize the techniques inherent in it. This may take hundreds – even thousands – of repetitions and many evolutions of the form for it to become ingrained in your body.
Besides attending class every day, a simple way to develop mastery of your form is to practice your newest form(s) at least once or twice every day. As there is usually a good space of time between learning new forms, you will have the opportunity to practice this form (or perhaps the last few forms) at least dozens of times. Maybe it’s when you wake up, before you leave for work/school, after dinner or sometime before bed. Practice it slowly – on count – at first and then do it again at full speed. Make a habit of it and your forms and your martial skill will improve faster and you will test for your next rank with much more confidence. Don’t forget – this does not take the place of attending class regularly! Take as many classes as you can to maximize your progress in the art!