Techniques are convenient methods of encapsulating a variety of theories and strategies into a case study example. It makes it easier to maintain a consistency of approach in communicating the principles of the fighting system. However, by no means are you going to learn everything about Five Animal Kenpo from its sequence of moves (techniques, sets, katas, etc.) but they certainly become a significant and convenient starting point to frame the discussion. Techniques are not meant to be a one step solution to your self-defense needs, but rather think of it as an old, experienced friend sharing his life's war stories with you so you can learn from his experience. I could have created more, I could have created fewer, I could have created better, I could have created worse. Regardless of what I created, the real question is whether they introduce ideas that allow you to grow and experiment; or rather, do you focus so much on the one sequence that it takes ona significance greater than it should. The guy who dwells on exactly how it should always be done regardless is missing the point just as much as the guy who dwells on how he can improve it or fix it with this move or that move.
So as we move into this blog, remember we are listening to each techniques war stories. You may think the old guy telling the story has a funny looking nose, smells a little funny, or seems to laugh at his own jokes, but nonetheless the question is whether you decide to listen to his story and then apply what you can to learn from his experience.