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  1. Bravery / Courage
  2. Courage to do what is right
  3. Inspire with redoubled courage
  4. Fortune favors the brave
  5. Brave the Waves
  6. Advance Bravely...
  7. No Fear
  8. No Guts, No Glory
  9. England


Bravery / Courage

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

This character can be translated as bravery, courage, valor, or fearless in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. 勇 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:  Bravery | Courage

Bravery / Courage

Courageous Energy
China yǒng qì
Japan yuuki
Bravery / Courage Wall Scroll

There are several ways to express bravery and courage in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This version is the most spiritual. 勇氣 is the essence of bravery from deep within your being. 勇氣 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."

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

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

勇氣 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 make your selection based on the intended audience for your calligraphy artwork. Or pick the single-character form of bravery/courage which is universal.

Bravery / Courage

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

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.

勇敢 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."

Courage to do what is right

China jiàn yì yǒng wéi
Courage to do what is right Wall Scroll

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 | Bravery

Inspire with redoubled courage

Japan yuuki hyaku bai
Inspire with redoubled courage Wall Scroll

勇気百倍 means to inspire someone with fresh courage or redoubled courage in Japanese.

The Kanji breakdown:
勇気 (yuuki) courage; bravery; valour; valor; nerve; boldness.
百 (hyaku) 100; hundred.
倍 (bai) twice; double; 2-times; 2-fold.

Fortune favors the brave

Japan yuusha ha kouun ni megumareru
Fortune favors the brave Wall Scroll

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


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Brave the Waves

China pò làng
Japan ha rou
Brave the Waves Wall Scroll

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

破浪 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.

Advance Bravely
Indomitable Spirit

China yǒng wǎng zhí qián
Advance Bravely / Indomitable Spirit Wall Scroll

This proverb creates an image of a warrior bravely advancing against an enemy regardless of the odds.

This proverb can also be translated as "indomitable spirit" or "march fearlessly onward."


See Also:  Indomitable | Fortitude

No Fear

Japan oso re zu
No Fear Wall Scroll

恐れず is probably the best way to express "No Fear" in Japanese.

The first Kanji and following Hiragana character create a word that means: to fear, to be afraid of, frightened, or terrified.

The last Hiragana character serves to modify and negate the first word (put it in negative form). Basically, they carry a meaning like "without" or "keeping away." 恐れず is almost like the English modifier "-less."

Altogether, you get something like, "Without Fear" or "Fearless."

Here's an example of using this in a sentence: 彼女かのじょは思い切ったことを恐れずにやる。
Translation: She is not scared of taking big risks.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  Bravery | Courage

No Fear

(2 characters)
China wú wèi
Japan mui
No Fear Wall Scroll

This literally means "No Fear." But perhaps not the most natural Chinese phrase (see our other "No Fear" phrase for a more complete thought). However, this two-character version of "No Fear" seems to be a very popular way to translate this into Chinese, when we checked Chinese Google.

Note: This also means "No Fear" in Japanese and Korean but this character pair is not often used in Japan or Korea.

This term appears in various Chinese dictionaries with definitions like "without fear," intrepidity, fearless, dauntless, and bold.

In Buddhist context, this is a word derived from abhaya meaning: Fearless, dauntless, secure, nothing and nobody to fear. Also from vīra meaning: courageous, bold.


See Also:  Never Give Up | No Worries | Undaunted | Bravery | Courage | Fear No Man

No Guts, No Glory

China wú yǒng bù róng
No Guts, No Glory Wall Scroll

While difficult to translate, "No guts no glory," into Mandarin Chinese, 無勇不榮 is kind of close.

The first two characters mean, "without bravery," or "without courage." In this case, bravery/courage is a stand-in for "guts."

The last two characters mean, "no glory."

The idea that guts (internal organs) is somehow equal to courage, does not crossover to Chinese. However, translating the phrase back from Chinese to English, you get, "No Courage, No Glory," which is pretty close to the intended idea.

England

Can mean: Courage / Bravery
China yīng
Japan ei
England Wall Scroll

In Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean, this can often be confused or read as a short name for England (this character is the first syllable of the word for England, the English language, British Pound, and other titles from the British Isles).

In some context, this can mean "outstanding" or even "flower." But it will most often read as having something to do with the United Kingdom.


This is not the most common way to say courage or bravery but you may see it used sometimes.

I strongly recommend that you choose another form of courage/bravery.




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
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
Bravery
Courage
勇敢yuu kan / yuukan / yu kan / yukanyǒng gǎn / yong3 gan3 / yong gan / yonggan yung kan / yungkan
Courage to do what is right 見義勇為
见义勇为
jiàn yì yǒng wéi
jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
jian yi yong wei
jianyiyongwei
chien i yung wei
chieniyungwei
Inspire with redoubled courage 勇気百倍yuuki hyaku bai
yuukihyakubai
yuki hyaku bai
yukihyakubai
Fortune favors the brave 勇者は幸運に恵まれるyuusha ha kouun ni megumareru
yusha ha koun ni megumareru
yushahakounnimegumareru
Brave the Waves 破浪ha rou / harou / ha ro / haropò làng / po4 lang4 / po lang / polang p`o lang / polang / po lang
Advance Bravely
Indomitable Spirit
勇往直前yǒng wǎng zhí qián
yong3 wang3 zhi2 qian2
yong wang zhi qian
yongwangzhiqian
yung wang chih ch`ien
yungwangchihchien
yung wang chih chien
No Fear 恐れずoso re zu / osorezu
No Fear 無畏
无畏
muiwú wèi / wu2 wei4 / wu wei / wuwei
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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.

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

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