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Old 04-08-2005, 03:08 PM   #12
Dojo: Sheffield Shodokan Dojo
Location: Sheffield, UK
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 524
Re: What's happened to Shudokan?

I prefer 'aikidoist' to 'aikidoka', and I see what you're getting at with "Sensei x" as against "x sensei", though I still don't like it.

"Sempai X" though, is a whole different ball game. "Sempai" is not an honorific, it isn't rank related, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with teaching, and the vast majority of us practicing in the west don't do the sempai/kohai thing or even understand it.
The way dojos in the UK use "sempai" as a title, meaning "almost, but not quite, sensei" is just plain tacky. Tacky and embarassing. So there.


Last edited by deepsoup : 04-08-2005 at 03:10 PM.
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