Levels of Studying in Kempo: Shu Ha Ri

Vancouver Karate Kobudo Kitsilano Shu Ha Ri
Shu Ha Ri

These words name the stages of learning to master an art. “Shu” is the reading of the character which means “protecting” or “keeping” as in “keep a promise”. The character for “ha” means “breaking” or “accomplishing”. The character for “ri” signifies “lining up side by side” or “separating”. In English we use the words “follow”, “adapt” and “master”. In any discipline, artistic, academic or physical, the stages of learning follow the same  order. (more…)