10/14/2002 3:29pm [from Jun Akiyama
Peter Goldsbury, chairman of the International Aikido Federation, has written a very wonderful and well-researched article called "Sensei/Shihan as Teacher in Japanese"
on whether the Japanese terms of "sensei" and "shihan" actually convey a sense of "teaching/instructing" in the Japanese language. This article came out of my question in this thread
about this topic. For people who are interested in the etymology of these terms in the Japanese language, this is a must-read! (Note: I am hoping to have a version of this essay available soon with the Japanese characters as graphical images.)