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Old 01-04-2004, 09:21 PM   #9
Rich Stephens
Location: California
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 28
Last name plus sensei.

To me, first name plus sensei sounds very odd. It's like calling someone Mr. Bob or Ms. Mary. I don't think people have done that for quite a few decades...

If someone deserves the title "sensei" to you, then how can you also be on a level with them where you feel comfortable calling them by their first name?

A democratic Aikido dojo is also an interesting concept. If you have removed something as fundamental as the sensei - student, sempai - kohai relationships, is there anything still Japanese about your practice? Or has it been completely stripped of its origin and Americanized?
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