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    Female Equivalent of "Sifu"?

    Hey CMAers,

    For those of you in arts that use titles such as Sifu and Sigung, which I understand translate to Father and Grandfather, do you use a separate title to refer to an female instructor?
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    I think it's Simo , but could be wrong
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    I've heard that too, but I also heard that means "Sifu's wife".

    It might be a case of semantics here, but if I walked into a martial arts school in America, owned and operated by a female, and said "Hi, you must me the instructer's wife" I would expect to be punched.
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    There correct term is Sifu for both sexes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapruder View Post
    There correct term is Sifu for both sexes.
    Please elborate. Correct according to whom?

    The reason I ask is the Google-fu did before posing the question did not show a clear conseus one way or another.

    Just as a female instructor might be offended that if someone assumed she was the instructor's wife, I imagine she may be equally offended if I walked up to her and said "Hello sir, would you please teach me your kung-fu".

    I am trying to get a sense if one is used more widely than the other. I am especially interest which titles are actually used in China, if any.
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    I do know of one Wing Chun lady in Hong Kong who refered to herself "Madame" as opposed to "Master".

    I know you are looking for a Chinese term but I do not know of one.
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    I was told both Sifu as universal or Simo but only if there has to be a distinction.
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    Please elborate. Correct according to whom?
    I'm sorry, did you just ask a question in order to have an argument about the answer?
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    Chinese people.
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    in my experience, we use sifu to refer to either male or female teachers, and simo only to refer to sifu's wife. i cannot say if that is "correct", however.
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