I am a big fan of joining conceptual understandings to physical technique. Learning a move with no (or little) context does not allow for much in the way of realistic application, IMHO. You will never understand when or why to use the move in question.
And vice-versa, learning concepts without ever trying to apply them with resistance is equally futile. Timing, distancing, and momentum are things that must be felt to really make them work.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin