Originally Posted by Jeff Enge
I'm not debating that you can theoretically lift more if you are stronger.
However, if I waited the year + it will probably take me to get a 400# squat, plus the almost two years since I have learned the lifts, that would put me three years behind in terms of learning the technique.
It's not an either/or thing. You can get strong and learn correct technique concurrently with no problem whatsoever.
I understand where your coming from, it seems that most people who don't have the experience get into the olympic lifts and then abandon the slow lifts finding themselves stalling on the snatch and c&j.