Think about a pattern as a dance routine that is performed using power, perfect movements, and some artistic expression. Pattern practice will make you a better martial artist, not because of the sequence of movements used or their practical applications, but because of the balance, control, perfection of techniques, concentration, etc. that is learned, Good pattern performers are usually good at sparring, since the skills learned in pattern performance help when sparring. However, people who are good at sparring are not necessarily good pattern performers since the skills learned in sparring do not directly translate into better pattern performance.
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