Jun Akiyama wrote:
Don't forget that "kata" training in old school Japanese koryu arts were, for the most part, not a solo exercise but one done with precision in timing, intent, and movements with a partner.
I view the 31 count form's main value as being an introduction to the 31 partner practice. The 31 partner practice done at speed and with intent can be very interesting. Even more interesting is to slow down some and agree to explore variations.