sifu

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From Cantonese 師傅师傅 (si1 fu6-2, “master”) and 師父师父 (si1 fu6-2, “my master”), both also conveying the sense of teacher.

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sifu ‎(plural sifu or sifus)

  1. A pair of Cantonese terms, homophones, used in English to mean "master" or "teacher" in the context of martial arts, especially kung fu and tai chi, also used to denote "spiritual father" in esoteric uses.

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