Re: your number one technique
As previously mentioned by a few here, you just don't plan a technique in an actual physical confrontation - your conditioned training just takes over and your actions are unconscious responses to the forces coming into you. Also keep in mind, that techniques are just examples of the principles and concepts behind them - you do not apply a technique you apply the concept that it represents.
In my practical experience with actual conflicts, my conditioned impulse is an irimi to get beside and/or behind the attack - once there, you have many options.
Just My Opinion