Re: "IP/IT/IS" vs technique?
Scientific studies and data? Sheesh. Maybe I don't get out much (ok, I don't get out much) but I can't think of any other martial art in which such a conversation would exist.
Curious about something, go and and find a dojo or seminar or one person who is doing what you are curious about. That's what I've done pretty much since I was a newbie. Some things I found worth pursuing and some not. Some piqued my interest but not enough to keep going with. Not one dojo visit to any style was wasted effort.