Shu-Ha-Ri. Shu Ha Ri are three kanji which describe the cycle of training, or perhaps more properly the cycle of progress of a student Shu, or Mamoru means to keep, protect, keep or maintain. During the Shu phase, the student builds the technical foundation of the art. One learns the form or Kata of the art. Ha means to detach and that the student breaks free from purely repetitive practice. The student must reflect on the meaning and purpose of everything that they have learned Ri means to go beyond or transcend. The student now uses their background knowledge, training, and experience to develop original thoughts or techniques.

Go No Sen, Sen Sen Sen No Sen. The timing of the technique in relation to the attacker.

Go No Sen- Your response occurs an after the attack begins. Sen In Sen – you and your opponent begin to move simultaneously.

Sen Sen No Sen – Your attack is made first in a spilt second between the time your opponent mentally commits to the attack and the moment he begins his actual movement