Re: do a technique or flow into one?
An interesting perspective on the subject. I talk about this all the time with my BJJ students that are all about "doing" technique. Structure and position are more important. the Technique or hold should flow naturally out of the relationship.
I use rock climbing as an analogy. You don't look at a hold or crevice and jump to it when you climb. You keep your structure and form and you work your way slowly and naturally to it. However in martial practices, we preceive of where we want to be, forget all the little steps in between or skip em, and simple try and go to the end! We wouldn't do this on a cliff wall, but we try and do it all the time in MA!