[\] Personally, for me its like finding freedom of expression within the form. [\]
That's the thing. Form (kata, technique, etc.) can be so confining, that finding freedom within it is a tremendous challenge, but enormously rewarding once done. (And done again, and again...)
Escaping form and finding increasing degrees of freedom is also challenging, similarly rewarding, but qualitatively very different. Where freedom is sufficiently gained, form is there waiting patiently, quietly, and presents itself like a water crystal. It materializes in a moment, and then melts away, gives way to the next moment, then next fleeting form.
We need both. That's where we can most honestly express ourselves and perceive a more truthful expression of the world as we encounter it.
Thanks for the post, Andy.