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Old 05-29-2009, 01:30 PM   #5
Dan Herak
Dojo: Florida Aikikai
Location: South Florida, USA
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 41
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Re: How to address a Shihan, Sempai, or Sensei?

My sensei is a shihan, and we call him 'sensei.'

A good rule of thumb is that the head instructor is called sensei on and off the mat. Other teachers are called sensei while teaching but not other times, either during practice as students or off the mat.
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