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Sensei - Before Person

Sensei does not exactly mean teacher, certainly not master. "Sen" means "before" and "sei" means "person." Thus, a "sensei" is someone prior to you.

When you enter the dojo, there will be many people who were there before you. You might learn from all of them.

Sensei usually means the most senior person in the dojo, the one who was there before all others. However, learning is a progession. There were others who came before him too.

One day, you might be the sensei. At that time, remember those who came before you.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin