Following a discussion within my group I thought I would see the views of others out there in the martial world.
If the aim a certain move is its function over form, ie the aim of a punch is to knock somebody out and not to look good, then does that develop a risk of creating powerful moves that have little techinque to them?
The question is whether you would prefer your students to have
a) a powerful punch that has little technique, or
b) a weaker punch but with correct technique
My answer would be that I would rather have option b to begin with, as I believe it is the technique which enables the student to develop as much power as possible through their strike. So they are connected in a way that good power comes from good technique and you cannot have good power on its own.
I look forward to hearing your views on this :)