Karate has the concept of "shuhari." "Shu" means to copy the techniques and teachings of the instructor as closely as possible. "Ha" refers to the freedom permitted for subtle changes that will inevitably occur due to variations in physiques combined with the student’s own experiences and understanding of the techniques. "Ri" is when the student has mastered the techniques to the point where they are no longer just techniques, but are a part of his or her being.
All patterns consist of a combination of five techniques:
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