It surely goes without saying that there was first technique - and then kata designed incorporating these techniques. Hence kata being a catacysm or encyclopedia of techniques.
My question is how do we teach kata? Do we first teach the form and embusen (then the bunkai/oyo etc) or rather the technique (kihon and practical usage - i.e. partner work) and THEN the actual kata?
For myself, I was always taught the form first and only then perhaps the application. Now I am starting to think in reverse so as to impart a better level of understanding and a more effective training methodology.
Would be interesting to get different views.