George S. Ledyard wrote:
So you are always refining and you are always progressing. Both. Both at the same time. You do one then you are doing the other. There is no difference.
I disagree. First, you assume that there is something like 'progress'. It could be easy prove that such concept simply doesn't exist. But it would be off topic.
I know personally folks with 30 years experience in aikido, they not only not refining, but "regressing" (opppsss
can't find better word ) as fast as they can. Many beginners with 10 years of experience have more sophisticated aikido. So your generalization isn't true.
I think we may safely say there is no such thing like " Linear Progression" or "Circular Refinement". Learning is pretty chaotic stuff.