...But...But...But...it doesn't look like kung fu
Okay, this was birthed because of the Tai Chi thread. Yes, I'm looking for the entire documentary but, this little bit will be enough to make my case.
Yes, there are forms in YiQuan:
YouTube - Yiquan master Yao Chengguang in Moscow
Yes there is qi and medatative focusing:
YouTube - Yiquan from Warriors of China Movie. Empty Mind Films
This is not the entirety of the art. It boils down to what you do with it in a live manner. No, the sparring doesn't look exactly like what is done WITHOUT an opponent. Forms are forms they do not transfer move by move by move into a sparring match, competition or a fight.
People need to divorce themselves of this notion when they argue.
No, I'm not advocating forms. I enjoy forms as a function a part of the whole. I understand people see them as unnecessary and I completely understand that argument. I think, in the proper context, they are necessary.
YouTube - Yi Quan Martial Arts Documentary Trailer : China
Still, if anything can go forms are first IMO if, you are learning Self Defense and fighting.