Thanks goodlun. You're right, I'm probably just overthinking.
Originally Posted by BKR
As a Judo guy ,I'm obviously not a kicker (ok, maybe some bad foot sweeps every now and then, LOL).
However, we do run into the same type of question in Judo...people want to learn "fancy" throws before they know the basics and have them down pat.
So, I would say that for any more advanced technique, the issue (as Permalost suggested) is to be able to recognize and take advantage of the opportunity to apply the technique. Of course, you have to be good enough at the technique in a technical sense to apply it well. But whatever it is, it needs to be integrated into your overall tactics and strategy, attack system, whatever you want to call it.
Of course, you can practice fancy stuff because it's fun too and not worry about it !