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Old 01-10-2008, 05:45 AM   #39
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Re: Sempai kohai differences

Bill Landis wrote: View Post
Please verbally smite me if I'm wrong on this, but through my readings I have come to believe that the English definitions are as follows:

-Sempai is someone who was training at the dojo prior to your own joining.

-Dohai is someone who started on the same day.

-Kohai is someone who started after you.
That's pretty much the Japanese definition.

It is considered a permanent title once given, no?
The thing is, it's not a title, it's a relationship. Whether it's a close relationship or distant depends on the people, but it's never "given", it just is.

Josh Reyer

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