All of the world’s techniques when it comes to eliminating enemies or less permanent violence, is based on the foundation of several methods and creation paths. Just as a sword and a car can be made in different fashions, yet they have minimum requirements to be functional, so the same can be seen of martial techniques. No matter whether they utilize guns, swords, sticks, six feet staffs, or one’s own body, the creation itself must meet bare minimum requirements for it to be functional.
First, there must be a power source and a method for it to be sustained. For guns, it is ammo and cleaning. For swords, it is preserving against rust, maintaining a keen blade to cut, and utilizing a combination of muscle and gravity to activate. No matter whether the power source is internal in origin or external, it must exist, otherwise it might as well be a gun without bullets or a sword without a point or edge. In those circumstances, those “weapons” would be pretty much functionally the same as a rock or metal stick. The goal is not to make things you could pick up around you just by walking around.
Second, the raw power source must be used and shaped to serve a function and then activated through the use of a “technique”. This can be as simple as a stomp to a fallen enemy’s throat, utilizing simplistic gravity, mass, and linear penetration power shaping or as complicated as restraint techniques that utilize nerve pain or joint pain thresholds to eliminate or restrain a person’s ability to resist or fight back. Shooting stances, recoil absorbing stances, are also martial techniques. Those who can negate the most recoil, fire the fastest with the most accuracy, have increased odds of killing more enemies, thus increasing their own self survival percentage.
Techniques can be seen as a way to activate the combination of a specific power source along with a functional use for that power. Few people can create their own techniques merely by copying the movements of somebody else. It would be as difficult a task as attempting to recreate a car with the mentality and technology of the iron age. It’s too complicated. There are too many principles and alien concepts to reverse engineer and comprehend, let alone the additional lack of a proper foundation technology that makes the technology. It is not surprising that in the modern age, 30 years is considered young for mastery. It takes a surprisingly large amount of time to reverse engineer someone else’s techniques without the concepts, power source, and activation methods already given to you and explained in a blueprint.
Instead of having beginners copy other people’s techniques and somehow learn to reverse engineer them decades down the path, I prefer for people to learn from the beginning and build up their foundation from there. But the beginning is not the “technique”. The end is the technique. That is the product, not the “building materials” or the “common concepts and methods of construction”.
On the topic of creative construction and artistic self expression, the general guideline I propose would be to merely fixate in your mind the problem and comprehend it entirely. Then construct a tool/technique utilizing the martial skill you already have, to solve the problem. For example, if the problem is that an enemy exists and is breathing, then to fix the problem we merely have to make the enemy non-existent by ceasing their breathing. For that purpose, we may utilize a linear explosion of force to the front of the throat, crushing the vocal cords and swelling the tissues, causing slow death by asphyxiation, and soon non-existence. Problem solved, permanently. If, however, your problem is that somebody is annoying you and you want them to stop bothering you in a social fashion… martial lethal force techniques may not be particularly suited to your issue. Judging whether this is or isn’t, is part of that “Good” and “Evil” dichotomy for more advanced students, those who already have the maturity (power) to take care of themselves. They are not for children to decide or those who cannot defend themselves yet. You cannot decide whether a tool is used for evil or good when you can’t even use that tool yet nor comprehend its function.
There are various ways to get to the same result, based upon the specific problem encountered. Thus some create their own individual creative solutions (techniques), while others use different methods. Humans like to argue about “who is better” and “our identity tribe is better than yours” but the only thing that reality cares about is whether you solve the problem or not. Be careful not to get fixated too much on the “if then” scenarios where people argue that “if the enemy can defend against your initial strike, you must have your own defense and counters”. You’re not here to be in a social contest or to glorify your name, tribe, or skills. You’re here to fix the problem. Until you see the problem in front of you, do not make up solutions based upon other people’s imagination. Get it done. When you get it done, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.
Overall when it comes to technique construction, non-lethal tools tend to be more complicated and harder to use than lethal force tools. Expect to face a more difficult maturation process when students start learning martial arts utilizing non-lethal goals. That’s not how martial knowledge was originally gained by our common human ancestors. Then again, many things in this modern world is upside down from how it originally was.