Re: Poll: Do you think your aikido teacher has stopped progressing in aikido?
One of the reasons I have switched affiliations is because of this issue. If your instructor does not continue to progress, how can you. Sure he or she can get you to a certain level but then your progress stops. I guess this relates to the Sh Ha Ri stages.
I can see my Shihan studying the higher levels of refining his art. He recently commented to me about putting his stamp on my technique which made me think that he was not content that I could just execute a technique but do it in a specific manner. He is trying to carve out an identity within his art while still maintaining the Aikikai foundation elements.