If trying to learn from instructional or competition footage, study it AT LEAST four times, watching what each individual, assigned limb is doing. Once the preceding task is completed, ask yourself what’s the overall intention of the position? Remember, four limbs, five if you count the head, are all converging to accomplish something specific, so what’s the big picture? What principles are involved, and how specifically are they being applied gives us technique?
Lastly, 95% of the time I study fundamentals. It’s cool to have some funk in your game, but I try to make sure such things arise out of what occurs on the mat and meet certain needs. Conversely, the constant search for ‘new school’ holy grail positions no one knows about is time away from drilling fundamentals over and over. Keep it simple for sweetness. =)