Taken from Rich Hales Ohana Kenpo page. http://www.ohanakenpo.com/Techniques.htm
"I teach Kenpo, not for the sake of teaching the techniques, but for the principles involved in them. And even then, these principles must be altered to fit the individual.
The reason I give my techniques names is because there are certain sequences associated with these terms. If I told a student tomorrow that I was going to teach him a counter version to a double hand grab, it's not as meaningful as when I say I'm going to teach him Parting Wings.
Youve got to know how to vary things. A lot of the techniques Ive worked with, theyre ideas, theyre not rules. At any given time, any of my moves can change from defense to offense, offense to defense.
Martial artists, and Kenpo people especially, become so involved in doing the techniques exactly right in such and such amount of time, that they get caught in a pattern that they cant break. Thats not what theyre for. Specific moves, specific techniques are based, like the ABCs in the English language or standard football plays.
You have to have a point of reference and from there the combinations are endless and limited only by universal laws, laws that you cant change."
I think this is something we can all take to heart in our teachings and our studies.
You know what?
Every time I read something like this I regret all over again never having met Mr Parker.
It is good, though, to hear The Man's words seemingly contradict the dogmatic people out there who say "this is the way you do the technique...", rather when we teach a technique we should be saying "this is the starting point from which you develop this technique for yourself".
The Point of Origin, as it were. From there, it evolves.