I think today, Kata- be it a one or two man set- has become a display of who can immitate the master the most closely. Now, if the master was acctually capable of pulling his wonderful martial art when push came to shove- then imitating hsi movements might hold water- might. But he can't. If what I learned was true, then the old katas, once you learned how to do the basics, were to teach you how to move and how to link one motion to another fluidly. Probably not the best method, but if your living in the woods or in a temple, its something you can do and your teacher can observe easily. But the variations in motion after the first year of basic study would truly let one grow as a martial artist and let one learn his personal biomechanics, IMO. Today, many training curriculum's are not designed properly. Teachers throw a bunch of skills together in what they believe is a building block method to try and teach students how to fight. However, even if the physical skills are done in a building block fashion (which they rarely are) the psychological teaching proccess is so sorely lacking that students can not fill in the gaps for themselves. Many would be happier with a simpler curriculum but one that they understood, who's end goal was simple and along their lines of thinking. Scott is one of the rare exceptions.