David Skaggs wrote:
When in your linear progression do you stop and refine what you know? Or how do you know when to sop refining and move on?
I think distinctions like this can only be made after the fact. Just like "shu ha ri" isn't a progression that one makes consciously (but is a progression, in my mind, that one can only see when looking back at one's training after, say, twenty/thirty years), I think such progressions/refinements happen naturally if one lets them happen.
I don't know anything in my training that I have refined enough to be able to "move on" and stop refining, and I believe that my training hasn't grown stagnant that I am not always "moving on" in one way or another.
Lastly, I'll invoke my friend the Peter "the Budo Bum" Boylan and say that I don't think there are any "advanced" principles in aikido -- they're just "basic" principles done very well.
George, I've love to hear your thoughts on this subject.