Re: Advice from your sensei.
When I started to catch on to judo as a kid; doing stuff the easy way instead of struggling I was frequently at a loss for words. My Sensei would ask what technique I had just done (during randori free play). She did this for a period of weeks, and I dutifully answered each time. The time I could not answer, and sheepishly admitted 'i don't know', rather than being upset she smiled widely and said, "Very good, continue."