This is a difficult one!
How many repetitions are required to own a technique? 100? 1000? 10,000?
Multiply that by the amount of techniques available and you start to ponder if you can ever get good at more than a few!
Well, the good news is that there is an easier way.. the bad news… it takes alot of hard work!
If you can understand the “principles” upon which techniques are made up, then you can learn to apply those techniques MUCH quicker and more easily.
As an example, I have my students do this type of training ALOT!
Take a simple arm lock on the ground. Look at the shape, S-L-O-W-L-Y apply the lock. Feel, look and learn what happens to your body and to your opponents.
See the movement and feel the various types of resistance.
Then, get used to it, drill it, and own it.
Then, take that shape and see where it fits in, from other positions… on the ground, standing up, facing, sideways, from behind etc. etc.
You will soon learn that THAT ONE TECHNIQUE of the arm lock LOOKS LIKE hundreds of techniques that you were previously drilling!
That is the quick, but long way, of learning a TON of techniques and OWNING them!