As was mentioned before, no matter where you go in the world if you use the traditional terms you will always be understood in class.
I like the idea of tradition, even though this usually points to outdated terms, ideals and even dress. It all forms a part of the whole and links us to a foundation. I have nothing against welcoming the 'new'. Just not at the expense of throwing away everything else. (my long rant here is getting to a point...)
If we get rid of the original terms we may as well toss away the hakama, the bowing and the respect towards Sensei. We can all turn up in our cheaper and more worn in track suits, mill around at start of class and talk over sensei when he is addressing us.
ultimately, though i see putting everything into english as just plain lazy.
Last edited by YEME : 06-24-2003 at 08:29 PM.