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Old 01-06-2004, 06:45 PM   #20
Jeanne Shepard
 
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Dojo: Puget Sound Aikikai
Location: Seattle
Join Date: Oct 2003
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When I'm referring to my teachers, they are Malory Graham Sensei, or Frits Haberman Sensei, so the person knows who I'm talking about, but its important, for alot of complicated reasons, for us to be informal in the dojo. Its part of the very structure of the dojo.

The first name then Sensei is for people we know fairly well and are affectionate with.

But when we had Yamada Sensei this summer, of course he was "Yamada Sensei!"

Jeanne
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