Sifu vs. Shifu



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.


Shifu (simplified Chinese: 师傅 or 师父; traditional Chinese: 師傅 or 師父; pinyin: shīfù) in Mandarin, or sifu in Cantonese, is a title for, and the role of, a skillful person or a master. The character 師/师 means or while 傅 means and 父 means 傅 and 父 are pronounced with the same tones in both Cantonese (f6) and Mandarin (fù).

‘skilled person’; ‘teacher,’; ‘tutor’; ‘father.’;

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