So, after reading that, my interpretation of that is that while he's certainly been around long enough to have seen quite a bit, the Shihan in Japan have shown him a 'new' way, so to speak, of looking at things.
More precisely, first I saw it (with Soke), then some of the shihan were able to help me with it. Still got LOTS of work to do on my own now, though.
26 years now, still going and still growing. I love this art!!