Many self defense practitioners do are not aware of the difference between attributes and techniques. In this video, Matt Numrich of the Elite Defense Systems will explain the difference of the two. A technique is the mechanics of a certain self defense move. It is the knowledge on how to street fight. Too much concentration on techniques alone will make you seem too robotic. On the other hand, an attribute pertains to the intangible athletic ability like speed, coordination, timing and balance. If you focus too much on attributes, though, you might end up being too animalistic or out of control. So strive hard to create a balance between the two and martial arts schools that create their curriculum based on these two will help you best.