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My own rule of thumb is: if all else fails, use English. Every style's instructor is a master, regardless of whether you're using the Chinese, Korean or Japanese term. Unless the guy is a grandmaster, in which case you'll refer to him as such. You will find that while a senior rank will appreciate you calling him by his title, he won't be as anal about it as ...


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I'm a Taekwondo Master, but having met plenty of martial artists over the years I've been referred to as Sensei by Karateka (along with their traditional "oss" shout) and Sifu by Wing Chun practitioners (with a wrapped fist gesture). In all case I normally bow in the way I have been taught and (if meeting them for the first time) say "just Andy is fine". ...


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You could try "Sir", or "Ma'am"/"Miss" (or local equivalents thereof). In Taekwondo, there are Korean terms for instructor, assistant instructor, etc., but in my organisation we address each other (both senior and junior) as "Sir" or "Ma'am"/"Miss". Both other answers and your own question highlight the most important part of addressing other students and ...


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[...] how to respectfully address masters of other styles. In exactly the same way as you would do in any other setting: politely ask them. If you do not know something, you seek knowledge. You read books, ask those more knowledgeable as yourself (like on this site ^_~), and if all else fails use the scientific method. The latter is deviating from the ...


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The Japanese term "sensei" isn't so much a title as it is a form of respect for those who have paved the way for you in some way or another. It is often given to teachers, but also to doctors, lawyers, politicians and even members of the church. It can even be used when referring to artists, or basically anyone that has mastered an art form or a specific ...



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