teachers of kenpo

Discussion in 'Kenpo' started by cbraves85, Jul 31, 2004.

  1. cbraves85

    cbraves85 Valued Member

    Not being familiar with kenpo classes, i was just wondering what a kenpo student refers to his teacher as, being that kenpo has many backrounds with japanese arts using sensei, hanshi, etc, and chinese arts using sibok, sifu, sigung
  2. mekosho

    mekosho New Member

    In our dojo it is Sensei, Shihan, Hanshi, Sempai, etc.
  3. getgoin

    getgoin Idiot Savant

    In my Insructors school it was Sensei. But seeing how I am not a traditionalist by any means, I have my kids call me Mr. O'Keefe and my adults call me Fred.
  4. Colin Linz

    Colin Linz Valued Member

    Shorinji Kempo is a Japanese art, we use sensei.
  5. dori_kin_86

    dori_kin_86 Hu Flung Pu

    I study Ryukyu Kempo, an Okinawan style. I believe most schools use the Japanese/Okinawan terms. My teacher, Tim Derby, doesn't use them, so we calm him Mr.Tim.
  6. Pacificshore

    Pacificshore Hit n RUN!

    In my system we use sensei, but I just have my students address me by my first name.
  7. TnJudoplayer

    TnJudoplayer New Member

    In my the short time in Ryu Kyu Kenpo I had a Shihan and a Sensei.It probably depends on the instructors prefrence.
  8. mcraigchr

    mcraigchr New Member

    Mine is referred to as Sifu (see-foo), or Sir.


    MDKLIT New Member

    Mr. or Mrs. in American Kenpo most the time, it was my understanding Mr. Parker tried to Americanize the titles.
  10. kenpoist

    kenpoist New Member

    Exactly right MDK - Also some schools use the BB rank fomalities (i.e. - Professor, Master - for Master of Arts) ect... Od course, my instructor wants us to call him ny his first name - he is not ego driven even though he has a 6th in Kenpo and severla other high degrees in other styles.
  11. JTiedes

    JTiedes Wielder of the Wiffle.

    we can call everyone sir, regardless of rank, but brown and up are sifu, (even thoughe generally we just call them by their first name, were a pretty casual school)
  12. Bellator Manus

    Bellator Manus Warrior of the Hand

    sir for me.
  13. Punqeske

    Punqeske New Member

    Shihan or Sensei.
  14. faster than you

    faster than you Valued Member

  15. Bill Lear

    Bill Lear New Member

    What do you call your teacher?

    In American Kenpo we address our seniors as Mr., Mrs., or Ms.

    Reminds me of a quote from Ghostbusters...

    When someone asks you if you're a god... YOU SAY YES! :)
  16. wildwills

    wildwills Valued Member

    We call ours Sifu or Guro (Filipino)...our system is Tama Ryu Kenpo Jujitsu

    Here's a little information for your reading pleasure from http://tamamartialarts.com/disc_kempo.htm...

    "Our Tama Ryu Kenpo Karate System is an eclectic and traditional technique..."

    "Our system came from the late Grandmaster Donald Fong from China handed down to Grandmaster Tim Gasper..."

    "Grandmaster Gasper integrated the arts of Chinese Shaolin Kung-fu, Okinawan Kempo Karate-do, Judo and Jujitsu..."

    If you're ever in Dayton, OH..stop on in.
  17. R Strausbaugh

    R Strausbaugh One Mild and Lazy Guy

    I studied Chinese Kenpo. My instructor preferred to be called "Jay".
  18. kempo-kid

    kempo-kid Warning Dangerous

    We have the following


  19. Kempo Fighter

    Kempo Fighter New Member

    Shaolin Kempo, we call our intstructors Sensei.
  20. hunnysan

    hunnysan Valued Member

    at my old kenpo school it was Sifu..but it was chinese kenpo..and now American Kenpo it I call her Mrs. Clark...

    Dj Hunny

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