I'm feeling like I'm mostly just IN the exercises/kata/kumite at this stage of learning....and don't always spend the time to consider the *concepts* behind the mechanics behind the action. However, I just took the time to open up the links at the beginning of this thread, and more than anything else I noticed the commonality of the concepts.
I remember the first time that I stepped diagonally back instead of straight back for the first defense in kumite one. It felt different, but good...useful, in a different way. I think that was the first time I applied this concept....the first time I took advantage of a different angle of attack/defense, and it was actually memorable.
Thanks for nudging me to understand things on a different level.