I am curious as to how others think technique is developed...? Look at a guy with 12 months experience and look at a guy with 12 years experience. They both 'know' a particular technique, let's take a thigh kick for example. I may 'know' how to do a thigh kick which could most likely drop someone if I connect with it. But, on the other hand someone who's been doing it for 12 years will drop someone without a doubt if they connect with their thigh kick. (whether you think people will drop or not is a moot point, it's for argument's sake) What is it that seperates our kicks? Obviously, it's going to be the thousands and thousands more repititions he's done that I haven't done. What is it that's achieved in these repititions though? The technique becoming second nature is one, I have no doubt. Obviously a person who is more comfortable and familar with a technique can execute it faster. Buuut, we can be executing bad technique at that if we've practiced it enough so that it becomes a reflex quicker than a person who has good technique. I guess my question is what makes *good* technique? Is it attention to finer details of a technique and good observance so that when we go and do repititions of the technique, we break the bad habits we've formed in drilling the technique to get it up to where it is now? I'll elaborate a bit. With a jab, you've seen people come in that start throwing puches with their elbows out wide and extend their arm half a metre or whatever. You get them tucking their elbow in and they get more reach with their jab. Still, they might be tense the whole time, or their wrist might not be straight upon impact. They could be dropping their hands, etc. To counter each of these bad habits, they have to drill over and over again to break bad habits... Then when they find more bad habits, they have to drill over and over again to break them again. I hope you can understand what I'm saying, I've had a hard time putting it down. Do you agree/disagree? Thoughts on how you think technique is developed? I'd be particularly interested to hear from the more technical people.