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Titles for Traditional Gung Fu Relationships

These titles (except for “Sigung”, “Sifu”, “Simo”, and “Sihing”) are esoteric and are rarely used nowadays.  Some Western gwoons use them but few Chinese bother with them anymore. The titles “master” and “grandmaster” are not used by this gwoon as too many fraudulent practitioners claim them around the world. As there is no uniform yardstick, they have lost all meaning.

Chungsi (Jungsi)

Great master of a style e.g.  Sifus Yuen Kay San; Sum Num; Cheung Bo; Leung Jan; Wong Wah Bo; Dai Fa Mien Kam etc

Dai-gee or Moon-yan

Students, followers

Moon-to

Disciples - specially selected students with a  responsibility for carrying on the style - hand- picked students who meet certain criteria

Sidai

Junior gung fu brother (i.e. one who started after you no matter how old they are)

Sifu

Instructor

Sigung

Sifu’s sifu

Sihing

Senior gung fu brother (i.e. one who started before you no matter how old they are)

Sijo

Founder of a system, sometimes it is sigung’s sifu e.g.  Yuen Kay San; Leung Jan

Sijuk

Student of your sidai

Silo

Title for Sifu Zopa; refers to someone who is a scholar as well as a sifu - Sifu has five university degrees, for example, and has written extensively on Wing Chun so he is a proven scholar as well as a sifu; Yuen Kay San, being a lawyer,  could also be referred to as  “silo”

Simo

Your sifu’s wife

Simui

Junior gung fu sister (i.e. one who started after you no matter how old they are)

Sipak

Your sifu’s sihing

Sipakgung

Your sigung’s sihing

Sisok

Sifu’s sidai

Sisokgung

Sigung’s sidai

Todai/Toyee

Student, disciple

Tosuen

Sidai’s student

Tungmoon

Fellow student