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Old 07-03-2011, 09:30 PM   #19
Josh Reyer
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Re: Terminology - Kyudansha?

I'd say that "disciple" could be rendered as "deshi" in Japanese (and it is; Jesus' disciples are referred to as his "deshi"), but "deshi" doesn't always mean disciple. It also has senses of "pupil" or "apprentice", without devotional nuance. Well, check that; it depends on how you define "devotional".

"Mudansha" literally means "without-dan rank-person/people". "Yudansha", conversely, means "with-dan rank-person/people". "Kyudansha" means "kyu and dan rank people", so if your dojo is using it to refer to only people below dan rank, they are using it wrong.

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