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Old 06-15-2014, 11:36 AM   #9
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Re: Using titles and calling people "Sensei"

I admit to a certain reactionary response to the misuse of Japanese titles in the martial arts. It just seems to me that more people start attaching titles to their name earlier than they do in the country of origin but I am guilty of the ''well when I trained in'' syndrome. That said putting Kancho after your name or even sensei seems so wrong although in the latter case it is almost expected if you are running a dojo. Exported usages do change.

It may have been in aikiweb or elsewhere but I do remember someone pointing out is you become Shihan when other Shihan start calling you that. I always liked that. Not sure what it has to do with the thread except that self awarding titles seem to take on more importance in our supposed egalitarian society.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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