I've been watching alot of videos lately, and I'm seeing techniques like cyborg's Tornado Guard and other less-common techniques. Now the question is, while they seem to be very effective, I can also attribute their effectiveness to the fact that he's a black belt and anything he does is going to look more effective than my current game as a white belt. The advantage of techniques like that I think are that people aren't as used to them and don't see them as often, so when it's used against them, the reaction isn't as automated as a triangle from guard would be. I've been tossing around the idea of starting to drill seemingly very effective, yet unorthodox technique alongside my basics, but at the same time, I wonder if that time should just be spent on the simple basics on their own in a more traditional manner. Opinions?