Archive for February, 2015

Shihan – Sensei – Senpai – Which to Use

The dojo culture can be confusing for non-Japanese students.  For example what’s with all these titles and how should one properly address people at the dojo.

Westerners tend to refer to people with a gender-specific Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms., and sometimes will identify someone by their educational or position status and address them as Doctor or Professor. However, modern society seems to be moving away from almost all formality in everyday use since it’s a rare occurrence when people use a title when addressing someone.…