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China shī fàn
Japan shi han

Shihan is a Japanese term, often used in Japanese martial arts.

In typical Japanese language, it can refer to a teacher or instructor. However, in martial arts, it's often an honorific title for an expert or master instructor.

Example: In Aikido the title can refer to someone with the rank of 7th dan. But other schools us it to mean a master who has earned the right to award black belts.

This term is also used in Chinese, where it refers to teacher-training or the art of teaching by example. It's used within the proper name of certain types of universities in China.

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Mandarin shī fàn / shi1 fan4
Taiwan shih fan
Japanese shihan / しはん
Chinese teacher-training; pedagogical; normal (school, e.g. Beijing Normal University)
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) instructor; (fencing) teacher; model
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Japanese shihan / しはん Japanese (noun/participle) (1) selling on the market (in the marketplace, in stores, etc.); making something commercially available; (can be adjective with の) (2) commercial (e.g. software); over-the-counter; off-the-shelf; store-bought

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Japanese shihan / しはん Japanese subsidiary domain; sub-fief

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Japanese shihan / しはん Japanese postmortem lividity

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Japanese shihan / しはん Japanese private printing

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Mandarin zǐ bān / zi3 ban1
Taiwan tzu pan
Japanese shihan / しはん
Chinese bruise
Japanese purple spot

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
shi han / shihanshī fàn / shi1 fan4 / shi fan / shifanshih fan / shihfan
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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