I'm not sure that's what he's saying (nor sure it's not), but your comment brought something to mind. I remember hearing NGA instructors say "keep application close to classical" (use the technique like it is in the form). That always seems backwards to me. If the technique typically gets used a certain way, the form (classical) should be shifted to match that. Otherwise, we're trying to shove reality into the confines of the form, when we should be using forms to develop sequences that work with reality.