Re: Techniques in themselves don't work
Basically speaking, nothing works well without Aiki.
Which makes sense to me, you can do a paint by the numbers picture (are those around anymore?), but that doesn't make you a painter - not even a good one. And painting by the numbers seems unlikely, IMO, to ever teach you much of anything about painting.
Shioda would say that even if you do a technique perfectly once, if you do it the same way a second time it won't work.
So what needs to link the first and the second time?