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Old 01-23-2003, 05:04 AM   #13
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I'd say sensei just relates to the master/student relationship. Therefore if you are the instructor of the night you are called sensei - if not, you aren't. (I wouldn't call a high ranking student I was training with sensei, but I would call any instructor sensei).

I believe the purpose of using the term sensei is to establish who is the teaching authority in the dojo. If you have two people of the same rank at a dojo and only one of them is the instructor I would only call the isntructor sensei; otherwise the teaching could become very chaotic.

Ian

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