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成就 is the word most often used in Chinese, Korean and Japanese to mean accomplishment or achievement.
成就 can also be used to mean success, attain a result, fulfillment, realization, or completion.
One of the most famous types of martial arts in the world - and not just because of Bruce Lee.
Some translate the meaning as "Accomplishment by Great Effort." I think this is partially true but directly translated it literally means "Merit/Achievement/Accomplishment Man." The word "fu" can sometimes mean "husband" or "porter" but in this case, it can only mean "man." However, few in China will think "man" when they hear the word "Gong Fu" spoken.
This term is also used for things other than martial arts. In fact, it's used to refer to a person with excellent skills in crafts that require a great deal of effort such as cooking, tea ceremonies, and calligraphy.
What a lot of people don't know is that the spelling of "Kung Fu" was actually taken from the old Wade Giles form of Romanization. Using this method, the sounds of the English "G" and "K" were both written as "K" and an apostrophe after the "K" told you it was supposed to sound like a "G." Nobody in the west knew this rule, so most people pronounce it with a "K-sound." And so Gong Fu will always be Kung Fu for most westerners.
Also, just to educate you a little more, the "O" in "Gong" has a sound like the English word "oh."
The popular Chinese dish "Kung Pao Chicken" suffers from the same problem. It should actually be "Gong Bao Chicken."
Historical note: Many will claim that Kung Fu was invented by the monks of the Shaolin monastery. This fact is argued in both directions by scholars of Chinese history. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that the Shaolin Monks brought the original fame to Kung Fu many generations ago.
Japanese note: While most Japanese martial artists will recognize these characters, Katakana is more often used to approximate the pronunciation of "Kung Fu" with "カンフー." Some will argue as to whether this should be considered a Japanese word at all.
See Also: Bruce Lee
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your achievement accomplishment search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| chéng jiù / cheng2 jiu4
ch`eng chiu / cheng chiu
jouju / joju / じょうじゅ
accomplishment; success; achievement; CL:個|个[ge4]; to achieve (a result); to create; to bring about
(n,vs,n-suf) fulfillment; fulfilment; realization; realisation; completion; (given name) Jouju; (given name) Shigenari
siddhi: accomplishment, fulfillment, completion, to bring to perfection; achieved
| gōng / gong1
kou / ko / こう
meritorious deed or service; achievement; result; service; accomplishment; work (physics)
(1) merit; success; meritorious deed; (2) achievement; accumulated experience; (male given name) Tsutomu; (personal name) Kousou; (personal name) Kouji; (personal name) Koushou; (surname, given name) Kou; (given name) Isoshi; (given name) Isao (Isawo); (given name) Isamu; (female given name) Isao; (given name) Isa
Merit, meritorious; achievement, hence 功力 achieving strength, earnest effort after the good).
| zuò wéi / zuo4 wei2
sakui / さくい
one's conduct; deed; activity; accomplishment; achievement; to act as; as (in the capacity of); qua; to view as; to look upon (something as); to take something to be
(noun/participle) (1) artificiality; (2) act; commission (of a crime)
|kaikyo / かいきょ||
brilliant achievement; spectacular feat; splendid accomplishment; remarkable deed
| chéng guǒ / cheng2 guo3
ch`eng kuo / cheng kuo
seika / seka / せいか
result; achievement; gain; profit; CL:個|个[ge4]
(good) result; outcome; fruits (of one's labors); product; accomplishment; (female given name) Narumi
| yè jì / ye4 ji4
gyouseki / gyoseki / ぎょうせき
achievement; accomplishment; (in more recent usage) performance (of a business, employee etc); results
achievement; performance; results; work; contribution
|tassei / tasse / たっせい||(noun/participle) achievement; attainment; accomplishment; realization|
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|成就||jouju / joju||chéng jiù|
|功夫||kan fu / ku fu|
kanfu / kufu
|gōng fu / gong1 fu / gong fu / gongfu||kung fu / kungfu|
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