You forget I am Chinese, doing a Japanese martial art. Most of what I "know" (which I use VERY loosely) comes from prior learning, thru what I've felt Takeda do to me, and from outside learning.
So, who knows where I actually picked up the connections, coz it sure as hell wasn't told to me specifically by Takeda (or any of his senior students). It was always a kind of unspoken, the "look" in the eye, inner "knowing", shared moment, thing, as is the Asian way.
I'm pretty sure I'm not all that good (maybe in another 20 years), but at least I "know" what I'm looking for when I train, and when I teach.
Well, you'll just HAVE to come to Oz to visit then....