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Old 01-11-2004, 01:01 AM   #1
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AikiWeb Poll for the week of January 11, 2004:

How do you usually address your main aikido teacher off the mat?
  • I don't do aikido
  • Last name + "sensei"
  • First name + "sensei"
  • "Sensei"
  • His/her first name
  • Mr/Mrs/Ms + last name
  • Other
Here are the current results.
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Old 01-12-2004, 11:23 AM   #2
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 130
I call him Sir,

or Master <last name>
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Old 01-12-2004, 12:12 PM   #3
Karen Wolek
Dojo: Kingston Aikido
Location: New York
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 322
I picked "other" because sometimes I call him "Sensei" off the mat (and out of the dojo.....inside the dojo, always "Sensei") and sometimes I call him by his first name.

"Try not. Do...or do not. There is no try." - Master Yoda
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Old 01-12-2004, 02:57 PM   #4
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 4,614
I a'usually don a'dress'a my a'sensei...he'a dressa himself....

Sorry, I know its bad, I couldn't resist...


Ron Tisdale
"The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind."
St. Bonaventure (ca. 1221-1274)
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:01 PM   #5
Josh Bisker
Dojo: Oberlin Aikikai, and Renshinkan London
Location: Oberlin, OH
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 74
He's Sensei when we're addressing him and Jim Sensei when we're talking about him publicly (and it's anybody's game what we call him when he's not looking). We always kinda giggle when someone says "Klar Sensei." It just doesn't feel like they're talking about the same person. And, you know, it sounds funny.

I am never in a bind when it comes to calling Jim something; it is a familiar pattern to me and i know what to expect.

On the other hand, I often run into trouble when i meet dojo-cho from abroad and they introduce themselves be their first names. I was at a seminar this year and met this really nice guy named Charley, who later on I realized everyone else was calling "Sensei." I kinda didn't know what was better - i was not sure if he was chill with me calling him by name since that's how he introduced himself, or if he expected me to get the hint from everyone else. He was mad down to earth so it didn't really end up mattering too much, but it made me think. I guess most folks aren't too uptight about it.
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Old 01-12-2004, 09:02 PM   #6
Dojo: Mississippi State Universty Aikido
Location: Mississippi
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 29
Same way I do on the mat as Dr.Usher.

Kendo is like star wars and everyone gets to be Darth Vader.
"Luke, I am your sensei"
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Old 01-16-2004, 12:59 PM   #7
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 130
The other day someone phoned me and said they were phoning on his behalf. They called them by his first name and i cringed!

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Old 01-16-2004, 03:36 PM   #8
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 169
On the mat - Sensei.

Off the mat - Mate, John.

We are both Yudansha, but he us the senior.
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