I rarely teach but I am finding more and more that unless one has a very good understanding and execution of the basics, then no techniques will work as well as it should.
Shodokan has a lot of basic exercises that we teach at the start of the lesson and sensei always try to pay more attention to the ones that are relevant to what he will teach in the second part of the class. It works well for us.
Of course, I enjoy a lot doing other things. Hence why I cross train in Aikikai as well! *shrugs* It's the difference between learning and practicing I guess. I much rather the first one but can't be good without the first one!