Learning new techniques and perfecting them is a process, usually a frustrating one, but as long as you are persistent then you will end up with a strong technique that you can count on. The first part is actually learning the mechanics of the technique. Once you understand how and when to apply the technique then its all about putting in the work to develop that technique to a high level.
Usually the first stage you will encounter is a sort of “beginners luck” stage were you will surprise your training partners with something new that they aren’t ready for and you will have success with the technique. Soon your training partners will be expecting the new technique but their defense will not be very strong so you will usually still have a lot of success with the new technique especially since you are now more experienced with the technique, this is what I call the “sweet spot”. Eventually your training partners will begin to catch up to your technique from a defensive point of view and they will be able to shut down your new technique, this is a very crucial point in the development of the technique.
At this point most people will stop using the technique to move on to another one and regain that “beginners luck” advantage, but this will lead to very weak technical development and a poor understanding of the technique in general. This is the point where the real technical development happens, you are forced to learn the timing, feel, and application of technique against opponents that know exactly what you are trying to do. In most cases you will experience a situation were it seems like you are actually getting worse at the technique but real technical developments are slowly being made. Most of us are familiar with the phrase “sometimes you have to get worse before you can get better” and that is exactly what is happening. Defense is generally easier than offense since there is usually less movement involved and less risk taken so you find yourself in a situation were you are taking a risk with a technique that you don’t yet have enough experience with to overcome your opponents defensive maneuvering and naturally you get frustrated.
Over time you will begin to understand everything that is possible when you attack an opponent with your technique,both offensively and defensively, and you will not only have an answer to all of these possibilities but you will also have the experience to take advantage of the slightest mistake or hesitation from an opponent. This is when you have really mastered a technique and now have something that you can use with confidence against anyone. This whole process can take 1-3 years but for those people willing to put in the time and hard work, it is worth it. I looked forward to getting closer to that level of mastery every day, I knew that if I didn’t give up and if I continued to work hard than eventually I would have a technique that I could use against anyone in the world. Its important to have a goal focused approach to developing techniques, always remember that the time you spend adds up over time, if you don’t get the results you want today then realize that you are one step closer to getting the results you want tomorrow.