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Old 01-17-2003, 01:26 PM   #3
mj
Location: livingston, scotland
Join Date: Dec 2000
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I think you should ignore their expressed wishes, and do the right thing. Sensei means teacher, it is not an honorific given to 'special' people. It is the teacher.

Older students can be called sempai (pretty rare in the west, from my experience).

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