Thread: Female Equivalent of "Sifu"?
2/14/2010 3:38pm, #1
Female Equivalent of "Sifu"?
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?
2/14/2010 3:50pm, #2
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I think it's Simo , but could be wrong
2/14/2010 4:12pm, #3
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.
2/14/2010 4:38pm, #4
2/14/2010 6:39pm, #5
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.
Last edited by Punisher; 2/14/2010 6:44pm at .
2/14/2010 7:16pm, #6
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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.
2/14/2010 9:04pm, #7
I was told both Sifu as universal or Simo but only if there has to be a distinction.
2/14/2010 10:08pm, #8
2/14/2010 10:13pm, #9
2/15/2010 12:14am, #10
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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."Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
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