Techniques are complex chains of information that bind actions creating value. Skills are one thing, endless hours of practice, countless repetitions until you are sick of every stroke. After a while you begin to tie individual skills together to form concise tricks that make all the hard work worthwhile.
Techniques are comparable to familiar childhood roads to school or to that special spot at the creek. Blurred around you are the complications, the distractions; it is only you, your path and the promise of something great when you arrive.