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Old 07-01-2011, 02:24 AM   #7
Peter Goldsbury
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Dojo: Hiroshima Kokusai Dojo
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Re: Terminology - Kyudansha?

Do you mean in the dojo, or as a member of the dojo? Why do you need to use a Japanese term? Is it some rule of the dojo? Or is that your teacher is Japanese and expects you to use Japanese terms?

There is no general Japanese term for a student of a martial art, only the usual equivalents for students at college or pupils at school. In any case, I think most of my own aikido students, if asked, would say something like, ‘I am a member of X Dojo,’ or ‘I practice aikido at X Dojo.’ I have never heard the word deshi used either, probably because I doubt whether any of them would think of themselves as deshi. I was once asked by telephone of I accepted deshi; I said No.

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