Too much technique is bad only when:
a) The technique sucks for actual combat to begin with.. eg: Aikido or some other ineffective TMAs. Ingraining choreography like that as your actual response to a self-defense situation is worse the more ingrained it is. We had one guy who had done 6 years of some really bad TMA come to learn MT once. He kept his hands by his sides, legs wide, knees bent, facing you straight... terrible. After a few classes, we gave him a "beginner spar" where you really just try to tap the guy instead of hitting him, but he fell apart under that.. and no matter how much he trained, he just couldn't get rid of the bad habits and technique.
b) The school concentrates ONLY on technique without giving any opportunity to test it out in a semi-fluid situation like a spar or likewise. IMO there's people who have black belts but fall apart the first time they get hit in the face... they just cover up like turtles.
c) Technique and pretty form is overvalued compared to effectiveness and power. If you don't pack some power, your form doesn't matter squat.
Other than that, the more technique the better. You want to get it to the point where your response to any angle of attack is instantaneous.. Lyoto Machida is a great example of this, the guy is a master at technique and has the perfect response to any strike thrown at him.. his responses are so good that he hardly gets hit, hence the "Machida is a boring fighter" comments. In real life, I'd rather be a boring fighter that goes home unscathed than a brawler that takes a black eye for every one he gives.
Last edited by Liddellianenko; 01-18-2008 at 05:16 PM.