Well let me begin by saying that I thought this to be the most appropriate forum for my thread since it could really pertain to anybody in my position, regardless of the style he/she is taking. My situation is this: I started Kempo about 4 years ago, and practiced it for about a year and a half (give or take). I then had to quit do to reasons beyond the scope of this post. I talked to my sensei and he knew I was leaving and probably wouldn't be back to train again for at least a few years. Put simply, lately I have had an itch to start Kempo up again, don't know why, it just hit me in the head, and now I feel I must start. I really would like to go back to my dojo, but I have one problem. I think that it would be rather awkward going back, since I never stopped by for the past 2.5 years to say hello or anything like that (as happens to many, me and the sensei became friends. Not in the sense of hanging out and whatnot, but he would give me a ride home sometimes, me and my brother would clean the dojo for some summer money, etc...). What would be the best way to approach him? I don't even know what I should call him? Should I call him sensei? Also, I have forgotten much of what I learned in terms of forms and some of the blocking systems. Do you think I will/should start back at white belt? Personally I think I should, since my knowledge of the art has deteriorated. Of course this is up to the sensei.