Is an art more than a concept? Is the curriculum, i.e., the specific techniques, an essential component of the art, or are they merely there to illustrate the concepts? In my view, the techniques/basics are neccessary to the art. Without them, he art devolves to mere words. Skipping the forms, pre-set techniques etc. is like trying to read without phonics. Just because advanced readers are no longer sounding out words, doesn't mean that phonics can be left out. To me, the concepts are contained in the techniques. The techniques are arranged and developed by the founders in order to encapsualate the concepts of the system/art. Leaving them out is tanamount to trying to reinvent the wheel.