This is a video from one of my classes where I am giving a brief explanation of my approach of forms practice. I lay out how we start with the movements, interpret them with a compliant partner, and apply them against a resisting partner. I use sequences from Naihanchi and Pyung Ahn Ee Dan as examples.
I've been at this application stuff for a few years now and something I've realized is that there is a tendency to conflate interpretation with application. What Iain call 'Kata-Based-Sparring' is, in my opinion, where real application comes in. It's important not to get stuck on the interpretation. Thanks!