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This means master in Chinese (occasionally used in Korean Hanja and Japanese as well). In the context of Martial Arts, this is the master and teacher who instructs students.
The second character by itself means father. Thus, you get the "Fatherly Master" translation. There's an old Chinese saying that goes something like, "One who is your teacher for one day, is your father for life."
Language notes: I've often seen this romanized as "sifu," this is actually the Cantonese romanization. In Mandarin Chinese, it's "shifu." The pronunciation in Mandarin is actually like "sure foo" (using typical English pronunciation). There's an "R-sound" in there, which is not obvious from the romanization. Many martial arts studios incorrectly pronounce this like "she foo" (which is actually the Japanese pronunciation). In Cantonese, it sounds like "Sea foo" (almost like "sea food," minus the "d" on the end).
This is kind of a weird selection for a calligraphy wall scroll, this entry is more for educational purposes. But you are welcome to buy it if you feel it's appropriate for your circumstances.
師傅 is "sifu" as in the "master" in the context of martial arts.
But there are two sifu titles floating around. This one can simply mean "skilled worker."
Historically, this term has been used for a lot of things, such as, "The tutor of a king or emperor." But now it's more commonly used to mean, master worker, or qualified worker.
Currently, within the field of skilled labor, a master (shifu) is higher than a journeyman, and is considered to be one worthy to teach others.
Note: In the 1970's and 1980's this term was used as a common form of polite address between people. You might say, "master, do you know were Tian'anmen Square is?" to just a person on the street at that time. This usage has almost passed, however, for some reason, people still often refer to taxi cab drivers as "master" in China (though I think/hope this is fading).
In Mandarin Chinese, this is pronounced like "Sure Foo," and in Cantonese like, "See Foo."
The second character is the difference between this sifu and the other. In this case, the second character by itself means tutor, instructor, or teacher.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your shifu search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shī fu / shi1 fu5
| master; qualified worker; respectful form of address for older men; CL:個|个[ge4],位[wei4],名[ming2]
guardian and tutor of a nobleman's child
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Master / Skilled Worker
| shī fu / shi1 fu5
| used for 師傅|师傅 (in Taiwan); master; qualified worker
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
More info / calligraphy:
Fatherly Master / Sifu / Shi Fu / Shifu
| sǐ fēng / si3 feng1
| The destroying wind in the final destruction of the world; wind of death
| shifu しふ
|| songs and poems; Chinese poetry
| shifu しふ
|| Chinese poetry
| shiifu / shifu シーフ
|| thief (particularly in RPG games); (personal name) Sieff
| shì fū jiàn / shi4 fu1 jian4
shih fu chien
| One of the eight heterodox views, i.e. the pride arising from belief in a puruṣa, 補慮沙 q.v; view of a spiritual soul
| wáng shí fǔ / wang2 shi2 fu3
wang shih fu
| Wang Shifu (fl. 1295-1307), author of Romance of the West Chamber 西廂記|西厢记
| xī xiāng jì / xi1 xiang1 ji4
hsi hsiang chi
| Romance of the West Chamber by Wang Shifu 王實甫|王实甫[Wang2 Shi2 fu3]
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|shi fu / shifu||shī fu / shi1 fu / shi fu / shifu||shih fu / shihfu|
|shī fu / shi1 fu / shi fu / shifu||shih fu / shihfu|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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