Re: Breaking Shu Ha Ri
Jun, thanks for posting that link. I'm sorry I didn't know Peter until he was in his terminal illness.
Ross, many thanks for a very thought-provoking column that is both cogent and passionate.
My own tendency is to feel things are best taught in a "middle path" that integrates time for both form (kata-based training, or as Lynn puts it, the craftsmanship approach) and free exploration from the start.
As learners we each tend to be stronger in one area than the other, and I think starting with both fallows each person to work on both strength and weakness from the start - so everybody experiences a bit of frustration and a bit of success.