Thanks very much Prizewriter,

You may be correct, though there is a balance in that clarity should be maintained, if this is lost then its just a dulled out state of no help. As to whether my skill is moving on, I am pretty sure it is, I'm just not doing some of the other things that are required after you've been training for a reasonable while. But I have made a commitment to myself to become more connected to my MA training in various ways outside of the dojo and maybe that will help as well.