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  1. Bravery / Courage
  2. Brave the Waves
  3. Fortune Favors the Brave
  4. Brave Warrior
  5. The Brave Have No Fears
  6. Brave Heart
  7. Adventure
  8. Courage to do what is right
  9. Fidelity Honor Courage
10. Great Ambitions
11. Soul of a Warrior
12. Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit
13. No Fear
14. Hero
15. Woman of Strong Character...

Bravery / Courage

Courage in the face of Fear
China yǒng gǎn
Japan yuu kan
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Bravery / Courage

This word is about courage is bravery in the face of fear. You do the right thing even when it is hard or scary. When you are courageous, you don't give up. You try new things. You admit mistakes. This kind of courage is the willingness to take action in the face of danger and peril.

These characters can also be translated as: braveness, valor, heroic, fearless, boldness, prowess, gallantry, audacity, daring, dauntless and/or courage in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. This version of bravery/courage can be an adjective or a noun. The first character means bravery and courage by itself. The second character means "daring" by itself. The second character just emphasizes the meaning of the first, but adds an idea that you are not afraid of taking a dare, and you are not afraid of danger.

This is about brave behavior versus the mental state of being brave. You'd more likely use this to say, "He fought courageously in the battle", rather than "He is very courageous".

Bravery / Courage

Single Character for Courage
China yǒng
Japan isamu / yu-
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Bravery / Courage

This character can be translated as bravery, courage, valor, or fearless in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. This is the simplest form to express courage or bravery, as there is also a two character form which starts with this same character.

This character can also be translated as brave, daring, fearless, plucky or heroic.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also...  Courage

Bravery / Courage

Courageous Energy
China yǒng qì
Japan yuuki
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Bravery / Courage

There are several ways to express bravery and courage in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This version is the most spiritual. This is the essence of bravery from deep within your being. This is the mental state of being brave versus actual brave behavior. You'd more likely use this to say, "He is very courageous", rather than "He fought courageously in the battle".

The first character also means bravery or courage when it's seen alone. With the second character added, an element of energy or spirit is added. The second character is the same "chi" or "qi" energy that Kung Fu masters focus when they strike. For this reason, you could say this means "spirit of courage" or "brave spirit".

This is certainly a stronger word than just the first character alone.

Beyond bravery or courage, dictionaries also translate this word as valour, valor, nerve, audacity, daring, pluck, plucky, gallantry, guts, gutsy and boldness.

This is also one of the 8 key concepts of tang soo do.

Japanese 気While the version shown to the left is commonly used in Chinese and Korean Hanja (and ancient Japanese Kanji), please note that the second character is written with slightly fewer strokes in modern Japanese. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the character to the right. Both styles would be understood by native Chinese, Japanese, and many (but not all) Korean people. You should choose character based on the intended audience for your calligraphy artwork. Or pick the single-character form of bravery/courage which is universal.

Brave the Waves

China pò làng
Japan ha rou
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Brave the Waves

This can be translated from Chinese as "braving the waves" or "bravely setting sail". It literally means: "break/cleave/cut [the] waves".

This is a great title to encourage yourself or someone else not to be afraid of problems or troubles.

Because of the context, this is especially good for sailors or yachtsmen and surfers too.

Note: While this can be understood in Japanese, it's not commonly-used in Japan. Therefore, please consider this to be primarily a Chinese proverb.

Fortune Favors the Brave

Japan yuusha ha kouun ni megumareru
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Fortune Favors the Brave

This Japanese proverb suggests that in history, the brave or courageous tend to be the ones who win.

Brave Warrior

China yǒng shì
Japan yuu shi
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Brave Warrior

This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for brave warrior, a brave person, hero, or brave man.

In Japanese, this can be a given name, Yuuji.

The Brave Have No Fears

China yǒng zhě bú jù
Japan yuu sha fu ku
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The Brave Have No Fears

This is a phrase credited to Confucius. It's one of three phrases in a set of things he said. This one means, "Brave people [are] without fear", or "The brave are without fear".

This phrase is originally Chinese, but has penetrated Japanese culture as well (many Confucian phrases have) back when Japan borrowed Chinese characters into their language.

This phrase has also been converted into modern Japanese grammar when written as 勇者は懼れず. If you want this version just click on those characters.

See Also...  No Fear

Brave Heart

China yǒng gǎn de xīn
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Brave Heart

This is the title "Braveheart", as in the movie starring Mel Gibson.

The character meanings break down this way:
勇敢 brave.
的 possessive particle.
心 heart / mind.


China mào xiǎn
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This is another Chinese and Korean word for "Adventure".

This is more of a "risk-taking" version of adventure.

The first character can mean "brave" and "bold". The second character means "dangerous" and "rugged". Together they can be defined as a word meaning "adventure" in Chinese and Korean.

Note: Some dictionaries translate these two characters as "take a risk".

Courage to do what is right

China jiàn yì yǒng wéi
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Courage to do what is right

The title says it all.

This could also be translated as:
"Never hesitate to do what is right".

See Also...  Work Unselfishly For The Common Good | Justice

Fidelity Honor Courage

China xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
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Fidelity Honor Courage

This is a word list that was requested by a customer. Word lists are not that common in Chinese, but we've put this one on the best order/context to make it as natural as possible.

We used the "honor" that leans toward the definition of "dignity" since that seemed like the best match for the other two words.

Please note: These are three two-character words. You should choose the single-column format when you get to the options when you order this selection. The two-column option would split one word or it would be arranged with four characters on one side and two on the other.

Great Ambitions

Brave the wind and the waves
China chéng fēng pò làng
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Great Ambitions

This Chinese proverb represents having great ambitions. British might say "to plough through". Another way to understand it is, "surmount all difficulties and forge ahead courageously".

This can also be translated as, "braving the wind and waves" or "to brave the wind and the billows".

Literally it reads: "ride [the] wind [and] break/cleave/cut [the] waves", or "ride [the] wind [and] slash [through the] waves".

This is a great proverb to encourage yourself or someone else not to be afraid of problems or troubles, and when you have a dream just go for it.

Soul of a Warrior

China jīng shén yǒng shì
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Soul of a Warrior

This can be translated as the spirit or soul of a warrior. The first two characters can be translated as vigor, vitality, drive, spirit, mind, heart, mental essence and psychological component. Basically "your soul".

The second two characters mean "warrior" or literally "brave soldier/man" although some will translate this word as "hero". Therefore, this is also how to say "soul of a hero".

Note: This title is best for Chinese and old Korean. It does make sense in Japanese, but is not a common or natural Kanji combination in Japanese.

We have two versions of this phrase. The only difference is the first two and last two characters are swapped. The version here suggests that you are the warrior or hero. The other version suggests that you admire or like the idea of the spirit of a warrior.

Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit

China yǒng shì jīng shén
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Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit

This can be translated as the warrior's spirit or warrior's soul. The first two characters can be translated as "warrior" or literally "brave soldier/man" although some will translate this word as "hero". Therefore, this is also how to say "heroic spirit".

The second two characters mean vigor, vitality, drive, spirit, mind, heart, mental essence and psychological component. Basically "your soul".

We have two versions of this phrase. The only difference is the first two and last two characters are swapped. The version here suggests that you admire or like the idea of the spirit of a warrior. The other version suggests that you are the warrior or hero.

No Fear

(four-character version)
China yǒng zhě wú wèi
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No Fear

This is a complete sentence that means literally "Brave People Have No Fear" or "A Brave Person Has No Fear" (plural or singular is not implied). We translated "No Fear" into the two variations that you will find on our website. Then we checked Chinese Google and found that others had translated "No Fear" in the exact same ways. Pick the one you like best. A great gift for your fearless friend.

See Also...  Fear No Man


China yīng xióng
Japan ei yuu
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This is the best way to write hero in Chinese and Japanese - especially for calligraphy. This is also the name of the Chinese movie titled Hero starring Jet Li.

The first character means brave (it can also mean British or English, but not in this case).
The second character means heroic, but also suggests a male person.
My Japanese dictionary also defines this as "a great man".

Woman of Strong Character
Woman Hero

China nǚ jiá
Japan joketsu
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Woman of Strong Character<br>Woman Hero

This can mean brave woman, heroine, lady of character, distinguished woman, outstanding woman, and sometimes prominent woman.

In modern usage, some people might use this to give a title to women like Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, or Sarah Palin. I would rather use it for a woman like Araceli Segarra (the first woman from Spain to climb Mt. Everest).

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bravery / Courage 勇敢yuu kan / yuukan / yu kan / yukanyǒng gǎn / yong3 gan3 / yong gan / yonggan yung kan / yungkan
Bravery / Courage isamu / yu-yǒng / yong3 / yong yung
Bravery / Courage 勇氣
勇气 / 勇気
yuuki / yukiyǒng qì / yong3 qi4 / yong qi / yongqi yung ch`i / yungchi / yung chi
Brave the Waves 破浪ha rou / harou / ha ro / haropò làng / po4 lang4 / po lang / polang p`o lang / polang / po lang
Fortune Favors the Brave 勇者は幸運に恵まれるyuusha ha kouun ni megumareru
yusha ha koun ni megumareru
Brave Warrior 勇士yuu shi / yuushi / yu shi / yushiyǒng shì / yong3 shi4 / yong shi / yongshi yung shih / yungshih
The Brave Have No Fears 勇者不懼
yuu sha fu ku
yu sha fu ku
yǒng zhě bú jù
yong3 zhe3 bu2 ju4
yong zhe bu ju
yung che pu chü
Brave Heart 勇敢的心yǒng gǎn de xīn
yong3 gan3 de xin1
yong gan de xin
yung kan te hsin
Adventure 冒險
mào xiǎn / mao4 xian3 / mao xian / maoxian mao hsien / maohsien
Courage to do what is right 見義勇為
jiàn yì yǒng wéi
jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
jian yi yong wei
chien i yung wei
Fidelity Honor Courage 信義尊嚴勇氣
xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
xin4 yi4 zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
xin yi zun yan yong qi
hsin i tsun yen yung ch`i
hsin i tsun yen yung chi
Great Ambitions 乘風破浪
chéng fēng pò làng
cheng2 feng1 po4 lang4
cheng feng po lang
ch`eng feng p`o lang
cheng feng po lang
Soul of a Warrior 精神勇士jīng shén yǒng shì
jing1 shen2 yong3 shi4
jing shen yong shi
ching shen yung shih
Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit 勇士精神yǒng shì jīng shén
yong3 shi4 jing1 shen2
yong shi jing shen
yung shih ching shen
No Fear 勇者無畏
yǒng zhě wú wèi
yong3 zhe3 wu2 wei4
yong zhe wu wei
yung che wu wei
Hero 英雄ei yuu / eiyuu / ei yu / eiyuyīng xióng
ying1 xiong2
ying xiong
ying hsiung
Woman of Strong Character
Woman Hero
joketsunǚ jiá / nv3 jia2 / nv jia / nvjia nü chia / nüchia

In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line. In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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