Smart training works the “3P’s” in this order:
Properly: Correct form is practiced over and over only as fast as one can go and still execute properly. This builds muscle memory and fluid movement. Movements that once felt unnatural, become natural. Doing this improperly has the same, albeit negative effect: flaws are “burned in” and are now harder to correct.
Precisely: the perfect punch, kick, or throw doesn’t do any good, if it misses the target. Throw a close-fist or kick to a hard part of the body and you will likely injure yourself more than you do your opponent.
Power: New students, especially males, want to power through everything. Without control, all this extra power is wasted, and you only gas out faster. A strike or throw, lock or hold executed properly and with precision is powerful on its own. No need to kick in the turbo boost.