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Old 07-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #24
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Dojo: Wasabi Dojo
Location: Houston, TX
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Re: What's in a name? sensei, shihan, etc.

I call my instructor Nick off the mat, and sir while on. Works for him.

I call my judo coaches/instructorsBob& Ray/Raymond.

My respect for them is obvious, and even lacking an honorfic, which they ask that people don't use anyway, the respect is obvious.

There's a certain cynicism about the need for "titles" I think, at least in the part of the States where I grew into adulthood, if one can call what I am now an adult. My wife sometimes calls that into question.

Still, I had no problem referring to Professor Yoji Kondo (astrophysics, as well as aikido and judo) as Sensei. HE didn't want the Shihan tag, either.

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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