I know you are way more experienced than me in the subject and I respect that, but I'll have to disagree with you. How did people back in the day learn the lifts by means of a coach? There is the story about how Bill Starr learned how to snatch by looking at pictures in weightlifting magazines, and my own story (far less memorable than Starr's) in which I have learned the lifts without direct coaching.
Originally Posted by BrotherIron
Sure, it took me quite a while to nail it down, and a coach would have helped but powerlifting is as popular as pesto flavored ice cream here in Brazil, so a proper coach would have been quite hard to find. So I just read SS, then I read it again and I would say I have quite decent technique and I've "coached" three friends of mine in the mean time. I'm still in mediocre territory, a 320 pound deadlift, a 285 pound squat, a 130 press and 175 bench, but I don't think it will take me that much time to get to serious weight territory and call myself something other than a mediocre lifter.