Thanks for the reply. At my home dojo, we were taught to be able to switch from one technique to the other in a similar fashion as you. However our kihon dosa was still very much the guiding principles of our motion. Yet at the same time, like you, I've seen those who have gotten trapped in their way and not able to do something different.
We too like to try different approaches. I was never one who believed that THIS WAY is the ONLY WAY. In fact, I've had a couple of unfortunate situations because of this attitude.
I, like you and many others, like to learn new things. Hence my visit to your dojo not so long ago. A trip I hope I can make again.
Thanks again for the reply ...