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Monday, 29th June 2009

MSMAS appoint new Dojo 'Kohai'

During his trip to Germany with Kyoshi Payne it was decided to appoint a new Dojo Kohai in the person of Paddy Gilmartin.

 

MSMAS has only ever appointed 3 previous Kohai:

David Francis        (now Iaido YuDansha)

Pat Mc Bride        (now Aikido & Iaido YuDansha)

Peter Hyde            (now Judo Sempai)

Paddy now make the 4th, onec again a field commission.

Senpai (先輩) and kōhai (後輩) are an essential element of Japanese seniority-based status relationships, similar to the way that family and other relationships are decided based on age, with even twins being divided into older and younger sibling. Senpai is roughly equivalent to the western concept of "mentor", while kōhai are roughly equivalent to "trainees". A young person may be considered the senpai of an older person at times if the older person entered an organization at a later time than the younger person did. Senpai is often seen romanized as "sempai" because it is pronounced that way (the Japanese "n" (ん) is pronounced as "m" when it comes before bilabials, such as "p").

More than simple seniority, senpai implies a relationship with reciprocal obligations, somewhat similar to a mentoring relationship. A kōhai is expected to respect and obey their senpai, and the senpai in turn must guide, protect, and teach their kōhai as best they can. Senpai/kōhai relationships generally last for as long as the two people concerned stay in contact, even if the original context in which the senpai was senior is no longer relevant.

 

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