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Yes, I agree. I learned using three words borrowed from judo: kuzushi, tsukuri, and kake. Kuzushi is the most important (least for me where I am at now) because if you don't have it, you don't have the other two. So, you have balance, then you have being in the right place at the right time or the "fit", and finally the end of the technique or the "throw".
I totally relate to that. Last class we had jiyu waza, and my partner was my sensei. He attack constantly and didn't let up, saying "keep moving, don't stay in one place".
I managed to take his balance and try a kotegaeshi, but i wasn't positioned well and he regained his balance and the technique failed. But he still said "good job".
Using the above terms, I guess I achieved a Kuzushi for a fraction of a second, but failed the Tsukuri.
My instructor frowns upon drinking during class, and even discourages drinking right after it. Since I sweat quickly and allot from every cell on my body (except armpits and palms, strangely), I usually get so dehydrated that halfway into class I'm exhausted and gasping for air. So I asked him why he discourages drinking. He gave me several health and training reasons, and suggested I eat some watery fruit after class instead of drinking.
The next class I came prepared with a banana and a tomato, and ate the tomato before class. and BY GOD did it change my life. All of a sudden I could breeze through the class, working hard as usual, without losing my breath or needing a rest. Same thing happened the next class - Interesting what a tomato can do.