paul watt wrote:
Substitute sempai-kohai with "workout partner", "personal trainer" or "coach". Now what difference is there, exactly?
"Workout partner" isn't very relevant, IMNSHO. Most workout partners don't feel a kind of duty to improve the gym as a whole, to give back what others gave to them. It's merely a mutually beneficial arrangement between 2 members.
Substitute "personal trainer" or "coach" with "big brother". You tell me the difference.
(Hint: you don't have to _pay_ your sempai to give a damn about your development.)