ShuHaRi is a Japanese martial arts term (Aikido, Karate, Judo, JiuJitsu? etc.) and describes the stages of learning to mastery (if there is).
If give here an ultra-short and rough idea of what it could mean, most probably somewhat incorrect and incomplete, still better than nothing:
- 1. Shu - learning fundamentals, techniques, heuristics, proverbs etc. (Tradition)
- 2. Ha - forgetting them, i.e. finding the exceptions etc., reflecting on the truth of everything, finding new ways, techniques, proverbs ...
(Break with the tradition; perhaps 'Finding your own style'?, e.g. Takemiya, Suiguchi etc. in Go as protagonists for a center orientated style)
- 3. Ri - there are no techniques, proverbs etc., all moves are natural, (well, by then, this supernatural being would be 13dan)
(transcendence, more than knowledge)
"Shu Ha Ri is not a linear progression. It is more akin to concentric circles, so that there is Shu within Ha and both Shu and Ha within Ri. Thus, the fundamentals remain constant; only the application of them and the subtleties of their execution change as the student progresses and his or her own personality begins to flavor the techniques performed."