Re: On viewing technique
I believe this is a very important point for beginners to consider.
It has been sometime, but I would actually focus on different things on different occasions.
Sometimes I would watch the feet, sometimes the hands, sometimes the relative body positions, sometimes the quality that uke was diplaying, sometimes the quality that nage was displaying, and sometimes I would just try to get a general "feel" for the technique. . . almost watching with blurred vision.
This worked very well for me. But, I would add that you should train with the best students as much as you can and be fully alert as uke. You learn a lot from recieving the technique.