Levels of Kata Practice (Shu-Ha-Ri)


In seeking to acquire Improvement Kata skill, some persons resist starting with structured practice routines. Other persons mistakenly view the Improvement Kata as a problem solving method, rather than as a practice routine, and want to follow it rigidly forever.

This video is about avoiding these two error modes and describes stages of learning to mastery, which are called “Shu-Ha-Ri” in martial arts.

THE “PERMANENT BEGINNER”
A person unwilling to start with structured practice routines.

THE “IMPLEMENTER”
A person who rigidly sticks to a structured practice routine permanently or too long.

(Original video by Daryl Kulak at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmw9h4IocV0)

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