- The basics are not just for beginners. They are foundational. Perhaps "fundamentals" is a better term than "basics", but I'll stick with the shorter term.
- Since we practice them every class, we log more "flying hours" in the basics than anything else. Why?
- Hopefully because they contain the essence of the style.
So I absolutely agree that continual training in "the basics" is not just for beginners, but it has to be more than routine. For example:
- Every time you learn something new: How does it relate to the basics?
- Got a question? Look to the basics.
- Want to focus on something: Find it in the basics and work on it there.
- See someone doing a different variation from what you're used to. Learn the other way and see what lessons it has to offer.
- Bored by the basics? Think you have a thorough understanding of a particular exercise or technique? Time to look again.
It's part of learning to hit the occasional plateau (bored!), or be stuck at the bottom of a cliff (can't do it!), but by training the basics continually and intelligently these obstacles will in time be cleared, and you will have also built yourself a solid foundation for further learning.