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Old 01-05-2004, 05:30 AM   #14
Dojo: Cape Cod Aikido Kenkyukai 541 Thomas Landers Rd., East Falmouth
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 30
When in Rome, Japan or wherever... My first teacher was Sensei + Last name. He is American. Japanese teachers are always Last name + Sensei. Never addressed them as Shihan. If introducing them at and embu or some other aikido event or to a VIP then Last name + Shihan. Otherwise, Last name + Sensei. My own personal preference, being American, is First name + sensei. Japanese use the Last name like we use our first names. It's a matter of being appropriate and polite. Some students call me Last name + sensei and that's fine too.
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