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Old 05-30-2009, 11:30 AM   #12
Josh Reyer
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Re: How to address a Shihan, Sempai, or Sensei?

From a Japanese language POV,

As mentioned, Shihan is a title, not a term of address. Shihan are called "Sensei" or "Name-sensei".

In a school context and in some work contexts, "sempai" can be a term of address, either by itself or as "name-sempai". However, this is generally not done by adults in the dojo. Sempai is never a title, it's more like a state of being.

Incidentally, Sean Connery in Rising Sun notwithstanding, "kohai" is never used as a term of address.

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