Teaching Ranks in Zen Do Kai

Our Dojo incorporates a number of martial arts styles and disciplines including freestyle Karate, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts. The karate at the Dojo is the progressive traditional approach of Zen Do Kai.

Teaching ranks in Zen Do Kai are separate from belt rank, they denote the level of study achieved by the instructing black belts. A teaching rank is akin to a tertiary certificate, Diploma, Bachelor of Arts, Masters, Ph.D etc.

Kanji

Japanese Term and Translation

Sempai

‘Older Brother’ or ‘mentor’.

Dai Sempai

‘Number One Older Brother’. Achieved with the Nidan

Sensei

Teacher. Literally ‘one who has been before’. A Bachelor of Arts.

Renshi

Lower level master. Literally “A person who has mastered oneself”. A Masters Degree.

Shihan

Upper level master. Literally “A teacher of teachers”.  A Ph.D.

Kyoshi

Literally “Knowledgeable person”.

Hanshi

Literally “Master”. Usually reserved for 9th dans and above.

Soké

Founder.

All of the Instructors at Spear Dojo have had many years of training to earn their teaching ranks and must adhere to a strict code of ethics. When inside the Dojo, you should always address your Instructors by their proper titles.

Other titles that may be used include:
Kancho – Head of a dojo
Kaicho –  Head of a school