守破離 (Shu-ha-ri); the stages of learning through to mastery. The first, 守 (Shu) - obey or follow, describes adhering to fundamentals, practicing techniques without deviation from what is taught (not concerning oneself with multitudes of variations of techniques, only with what the instructor shows). 破 (Ha) - break, entails branching out as one develops an understanding of the underlying theory, which is to no longer rigidly adhere to the simple heuristics, but to begin to experience and assimilate other skills or techniques. The last component may loosely be translated as transcending, 離 (Ri), which represents the student no longer learning from a master but from themselves, from observing their own practice. Quite often this may entail adapting what they've learned to fit their personal circumstance and to begin adding to and expanding the body of esoteric knowledge from which they have endeavored to learn and master.
Mar 29, 2018