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/ what is sensei?
Why it matters: Because it's composed of the roots sen (before) and sei (life), the literal translation of sensei is before in life Sensei Fariborz says. "A sensei is somebody who guides another person". For example, if you went to climb a mountain, you'd probably need a guide. Why? Because the guide has climbed that mountain before, and he had made it.
Its the same thing with martial arts. The sensei was once at the same stage of training youre at, and he can show you the way up. If you understand what his role is, you will have a better idea of what you can expect from him and what he can expect from you.
Think of it this way: A sensei is behind you, pushing you forward, not standing in front of you pulling. Ultimately, it's your responsibility to progress.