Shuhari is a Japanese martial art concept, and describes the stages of learning to mastery. It is sometimes applied to other Japanese disciplines, such as the board game Go. Shuhari roughly translates to ‘first learn, then detach, and finally transcend.

The Shuhari concept was first presented by Fuhaku Kawakami as Jo-ha-kyū in ‘Tao of Tea.’ Then, Zeami Motokiyo, the master of Noh plays, extended this concept to his dance as Shuhari, which then became a part of the philosophy of Aikido.

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