Mr. Mills has always said not become a “pattern junkie” with our Kenpo techniques. But what does that mean? To me, it means there are far more important things to work on and internalize than to sit around collecting self defense techniques (forms, sets, etc). In the end, it’s not a contest of who knows more.
Techniques are case studies for us to learn, experience, dissect and try to internalize. They are a means to an end. At some point, however, we need to be free of the techniques. While it’s true we do need to first learn them so we can absorb the concepts, principles, and movements, we don’t want to forever be bound by them.
Remember, it’s not how much you know, it’s what you can do with what you know.