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Titles -- Again

Sensei Mario McKenna has recently written an excellent blog post called Titles and their Use - Japanese 101. Please read it. He writes the Karate and Kobudo Blog.

Titles tend to be misused and overused in the West. Basically, the only title needed in the dojo is "Sensei," and that is used by students when they address their teacher, not by the teacher to describe himself or herself. I would not call someone and say, "This is Sensei Goodin." I would simply say, "This is Charles Goodin."

Don't get distracted by titles. Character and ability are what count the most.

A person with a title could have no ability. And a person with great ability could have no title.

I highly recommend McKenna Sensei's Karate and Kobudo Blog.


Charles C. Goodin