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Old 12-09-2011, 06:07 AM   #88
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Dojo: Renshin Aikido Dojo, Horten, Norway
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Re: The Founder's Teaching Ability

It's quite simple actually. A judge wouldn't call himself "the honourable" Judge Smith

It's honorific. Just as you won't use -san after your own name...

That said, I have nothing against titles, as long as they are used in a proper, sober manner. Not to invoke a false sense of importance. I have no trouble of calling my teachers sensei, shihan or whatever is called for in a particular setting, as I respect them both as human beings and as martial artists.

Just don't introduce yourself as "Sensei John" to me, or I'll bend over laughing

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K. Sandven

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