But you have to do freeform practise anyway.
OTOH, maybe the people who said things like 'in order to really reach an understanding of mortal combat it is necessary for both adepts to don men, kote, and other pieces of protective equipment and forge oneself through the confusion encountered by engaging in daring unrestricted training'* or 'just doing the forms and saying to yourself, "I did it," isn't enough. I always tell my students they have to practice the forms and they have to actually strike people in competitive bouts to be able to understand the art.'** were wrong.
* Yamada Heizaemon
** Sawada Hanae
Ah yes...the part of the conversation where Demetrio is so determined to prove you wrong that his argument turns back on itself and becomes support for what you are saying.
(I.e. freeform practice is an invaluable training tool when done occasionally and as an adjunct to form-based training.)