Shu Ha Ri
Shu Ha Ri describes the traditional pathways of learning to mastery.
In summary it means to begin by embracing the form, then once this has become a part of the practitioner, to explore the variations in the form and finally to transcend the form and move beyond. Shu Ha Ri is applicable to Japanese martial arts and also to other forms of traditional study such as the tea ceremony and flower arrangement.
The Japanese have used the concept of Shu Ha Ri as a teaching model for centuries. It is important for both students and instructors of traditional Japanese martial arts to be familiar with this important process of learning. The following link provides access to an excellent essay by Yukiyoshi Takamura of Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin-ryu jujutsu. Takamura sensei`s essay captures the essence of this teaching and is valuable to any serious student of a traditional martial arts path irrespective of school or style. Please follow this link to read this valuable essay: Shu Ha Ri by Yukiyoshi Takamura sensei.