Sifu translates to teacher father
All of the terms for teachers (simo
, and siji
) in Kung Fu translate to immediate family.
Sifu is also used by at least one Shaolin monk I've met. Sifu may be pronounced in a number of different ways, depending on the dialect. I pronounce it "sure foo", owing to my brief experience with Mandarin, where the word for 'teacher' is pinynized as 'shi' and pronounced "sure". Most people in my school, including usually my sifu, pronounce it "see foo". My sifu has also heard it pronounced something like "sih-fwah".