Re: The GREAT kata debate
If you're a martial artist there is just about no way around kata.
Maybe with the modern invention of recording equipment kata might not be as necessary as they once were.
Martial arts systems are about the transmission of specific techniques, and theories.
If you didn't have kata, it would be very hard to keep those techniques and theories in tact.
If you are interested in being a fighter, then kata is not necessary at all. You simply need to practice fighting, lots of it. Drills, sparring and conditioning are all that's required.
The question is what are you really interested in being/doing.