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  1. sifunoun

    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.

    Etymology: From 師傅 and 師父 sifu, the first meaning master, the second meaning "my master", both also conveying the sense of teacher.

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  1. Sifu

    Sifu or shīfu is the identical pronunciation of two Chinese terms for a master: 師傅 and 師父. The character 師 means "teacher", while the meaning of 傅 is "tutor" and the meaning of 父 is "father". Both characters are read fu with the same tones in Cantonese and Mandarin, creating some ambiguity. A similar term often used in Chinese is 老師, meaning "teacher". Though pronounced identically and bearing similar meanings, the two terms are distinct and usage is different. The former term bears only the meaning of "master", and is used to express the speaker's general respect for the addressee's skills and experience. Thus, for example, a customer may address a motor mechanic as such. The latter term bears the dual meaning of "master" and "father", and thus connotes a linearity in a teacher-student relationship. As such, when addressing a tradesperson, it would only be used to address the speaker's own teacher or master. In the preceding example, the motor mechanic's apprentice would address his or her master as such, but the customer would not. On the other hand, a religious personality, and by extension, experts of Chinese martial arts, can be addressed as "master-father" in all contexts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SIFU in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SIFU in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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