Shuhari is a concept in Japanese that refers to three different stages of learning development.

Shu: “To preserve” At this stage of development, the student is meant to be absorbing and replicating. He or she is engaged in a process of indoctrination. The student becomes socialized within a long tradition of learning the fundamentals and principles of a particular discipline.

Ha: “To break” At this stage of development, the student is beginning to find their own style and approach. He or she is experimenting with what authentic expression means to him or her and how to authentically express him or herself inside of the boundaries of tradition.

Ri: “To separate” At this stage of development, the student is capable of moving beyond tradition and prepared to adapt his or her skills to best handle the situation he or she is dealing with. This stage of development is where the student begins integrating their practice with other styles, methodologies, and, even, different disciplines of study, which influences evolution and innovation.

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