And I spent years doing the rowing exercise without having any idea what its real goal is or how to make it do that for me. But I can't blame the exercise-- funekogi undo works; MY funekogi undo didn't. So, maybe it all comes down to having the right teacher again?
Bruises are probably one of the best teachers.
me: "Doctor! doctor! It hurts when he punches me in the face"
Doctor: "Don't get punched in the face"