Shidōin

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Shidōin (指導員:しどういん?) is a Japanese title, often used in Japanese martial arts.

Meaning[edit]

The word Shidōin means „instructor“ or „teacher“ and is typically used as an honorific title to identify an intermediate level instructor within an organization or budo dojo.[1] By comparison, an assistant instructor or teacher would have the title Fuku Shidoin, while a senior instructor would have the title Shihan, meaning "leader", "guide" or "ideal".

Origin[edit]

The word descends from Shido (suru) 指導 (する). It consists of yubi 指 what means finger or sasu 指す which is the verb for showing. Michibiku means guide or lead. Shido also stands for chivalry, the code of honor of the samurai.[2]

Use[edit]

Different budo arts and dojos have their own requirements for how this title is used, but typically it corresponds to 4th or 5th Dan.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shidoin" in glossary of: D. Lowry: In The Dojo. ISBN 978-0-8348-0572-9
  2. ^ "Shidōin" in glossary of: K.D. Matschke & H. Velte: Budo-Etikette. ISBN 3000157077 Schramm Sport GmbH (in german)