Originally posted by Young-In Park
I will do what the sensei asks me to do. I won't be disruptive in class. I won't be arrogant.
By the way I write to the thread taking quotations as they fit - its rare that something is specifically targeted at one person and then I will say so clearly.
It all boils down to the principle of Shu Ha Ri. Many Old and New budo put great emphasis on students finding their own way from a core set of principles often defined by a core set of kata. Pointed out by my shihan - there is no Aikido style beyond the individual. That's a paraphrase and was actually said in response to another point but it holds true. Getting stuck in kata sets is not going to do anything for your Aikido - eventually you must break out. Of course you can always do so too soon.