Learning with understanding begins before the game ever starts. Everything has something that has to have been known initially beforehand. Once you understand what initially was known you can learn with understanding by testing your ideas. Your creative efforts will be beaten back and your feedback will tell you what you need to understand to get to the next level of learning. If you take on a learning attitude you'll go farther than the technique-tionists ever imagined because you can learn outside the normal bounds of someone who just acquires knowledge expecting the weight to bear fruit. Fournately, you have to actively learn the information, once the info becomes too much you'll wonder which end is front and vice versa. When that happens and it does i start over and go over all the "basics". Usually i find that i was carrying alot of useless info that wasnt active at all!