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  1. Bravery / Courage
  2. Inspire with redoubled courage
  3. Strength and Courage
  4. Honor Courage
  5. Honor Courage Commitment
  6. Courage to do what is right
  7. Fidelity Honor Courage
  8. Fortune Favors the Brave
  9. Brave the Waves
10. Advance Bravely...
11. England
12. No Fear
13. Brave Warrior
14. Preparation Yields No Regrets
15. Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks
16. Fearless / Daring
17. Brave Heart
18. Adventure
19. The Brave Have No Fears
20. Fear No Man / Fear Nothing
21. Great Ambitions
22. Tough / Unbeatable
23. Value of Warrior Generals
24. Preparation Yields No Fear or Worries
25. One who is drenched in rain, does not fear drops of dew

Bravery / Courage

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

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 / <mark>Courage</mark>

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...  Bravery

Bravery / Courage

Courageous Energy
China yǒng qì
Japan yuuki
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Bravery / <mark>Courage</mark>

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.

Inspire with redoubled courage

Japan yuuki hyaku bai
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Inspire with redoubled <mark>courage</mark>

This 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.

Strength and Courage

China lì liàng hé yǒng qì
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Strength and <mark>Courage</mark>

While not a typical Chinese phrase, this is how to write "strength and courage".

If this is an important idea for you, we can make a great custom Chinese "strength and courage" wall scroll for you.

Strength and Courage

Japan riki to yu ki
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Strength and <mark>Courage</mark>

This may not be the most common Japanese phrase, but this is how to write "strength and courage" in Japanese.

Honor Courage

China zūn yán yǒng qì
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Honor <mark>Courage</mark>

This is a word list that means "Honor [and] Courage". 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 and integrity since that seemed like the best match for courage.

Honor Courage Commitment

China róng yù yǒng qì zé rèn
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Honor <mark>Courage</mark> Commitment

This is a word list that reads, "榮譽 勇氣 責任" or "honor courage commitment".

If you are looking for this, it is likely that you are in the military (probably Navy or Marines).

We worked on this for a long time to find the right combination of words in Chinese. However, it should still be noted that word lists are not very natural in Chinese. Most of the time, there would be a subject, verb, and object for a phrase with this many words.

Courage to do what is right

China jiàn yì yǒng wéi
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<mark>Courage</mark> 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 | Bravery

Fidelity Honor Courage

China xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
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Fidelity Honor <mark>Courage</mark>

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.

Fortune Favors the Brave

Japanese only
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 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.

Advance Bravely
Indomitable Spirit

China yǒng wǎng zhí qián
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Advance Bravely<br>Indomitable Spirit

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


Can mean: Courage / Bravery
China yīng
Japan ei
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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.

No Fear

(2 characters)
China wú wèi
Japan mui
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No Fear

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 | Fear No Man

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

No Fear

Japan oso re zu
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No Fear

This 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". This 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.

See Also...  Bravery

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.

Preparation Yields No Regrets

Japanese only
Japan sona e a re ba ure i na shi
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Preparation Yields No Regrets

This proverb means, "When you are well-prepared, you have nothing regret" in Japanese

Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

Persistence to overcome all challenges
China bǎi zhé bù náo
Japan hyaku setsu su tou
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Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

This Chinese proverb means "Be undaunted in the face of repeated setbacks". More directly-translated, it reads, "[Overcome] a hundred setbacks, without flinching". This is of Chinese origin, but is commonly used in Japanese, and somewhat in Korean (same characters, different pronunciation).

This proverb comes from a long, and occasionally tragic story of a man that lived sometime around 25-220 AD. His name was Qiao Xuan and he never stooped to flattery, but remained an upright person at all times. He fought to expose corruption of higher-level government officials at great risk to himself.

Then when he was at a higher level in the Imperial Court, bandits were regularly capturing hostages and demanding ransoms. But when his own son was captured, he was so focused on his duty to the Emperor and common good that he sent a platoon of soldiers to raid the bandits' hideout, and stop them once and for all even at the risk of his own son's life. While all of the bandits were arrested in the raid, they killed Qiao Xuan's son at first sight of the raiding soldiers.

Near the end of his career a new Emperor came to power, and Qiao Xuan reported to him that one of his ministers was bullying the people and extorting money from them. The new Emperor refused to listen to Qiao Xuan and even promoted the corrupt Minister. Qiao Xuan was so disgusted that in protest he resigned his post as minister (something almost never done) and left for his home village.

His tombstone reads "Bai Zhe Bu Nao" which is now a proverb used in Chinese culture to describe a person of strength will who puts up stubborn resistance against great odds.

My Chinese-English dictionary defines these 4 characters as, "keep on fighting in spite of all setbacks", "be undaunted by repeated setbacks" and "be indomitable".

Our translator says it can mean, "never give up" in modern Chinese.

Although the first two characters are translated correctly as "repeated setbacks", the literal meaning is "100 setbacks" or "a rope that breaks 100 times". The last two characters can mean "do not yield" or "do not give up".
Most Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people will not take this absolutely literal meaning, but will instead understand it as the title suggests above. If you want a single big word definition, it would be indefatigability, indomitableness, persistence, or unyielding.

See Also...  Tenacity | Fortitude | Strength | Perseverance | Persistence

Fearless / Daring

Japan dai tan fu teki
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Fearless / Daring

This is a Japanese word that can mean a few things depending on how you read it. Popular translations include fearless; audacity (the attitude of a) daredevil, daring.

The first two Kanji create a word that means: bold; fearless; daring; audacious.

The last two Kanji create a word that means: no match for; cannot beat; daring; fearless; intrepid; bold; tough.

As with many Japanese words, the two similar-meaning words work together to multiple the meaning and intensity of the whole 4-Kanji word.

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.


Chinese and Korean
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".

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

Fear No Man / Fear Nothing

China wú suǒ wèi jù
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Fear No Man / Fear Nothing

This literally means "fear nothing", but it's the closest thing in Chinese to the phrase "fear no man" which many of you have requested. This would also be the way to say "fear nobody" and can also be translated simply as "undaunted".

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.

Tough / Unbeatable

China wú dí
Japan muteki
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Tough / Unbeatable

This means tough or unbeatable in Chinese characters, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

Other translations for this word include: unequalled; without rival; a paragon; invincible; unrivaled; unrivalled; no match for; cannot beat; daring; fearless; intrepid; bold.

In Japanese, this can also be the surname Muteki.

Value of Warrior Generals

China bīng zài jīng ér bú zài duō jiàng zài móu ér bú zài yǒng
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Value of Warrior Generals

This literally means: [Just as] soldiers/warriors [are valued for their] quality and not [just] for quantity, [so] generals [are valued] for their tactics, not [just] for [their] bravery.

This is a proverb that follows one about how it is better to have warriors of quality, rather than just a large quantity of warriors in your army/force.

See Also...  兵在精而不在多

Preparation Yields No Fear or Worries

China yǒu bèi wú huàn
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Preparation Yields No Fear or Worries

This really means, "When you are well-prepared, you have nothing to fear". Noting that the third character means "no" or "without" and modifies the last... The last character can mean misfortune, troubles, worries, or fears. It could even be stretched to mean sickness. Therefore you can translate this proverb a few ways. I've also seen it translated as "Preparedness forestalls calamities".

This is comparable to the English idiom, "Better safe than sorry", but does not directly/literally mean this.

One who is drenched in rain, does not fear drops of dew

China bèi yǔ lín guò de rén bù pà lù shuǐ
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One who is drenched in rain, does not fear drops of dew

This Chinese proverb literally translates as:
One who has been drenched by the rain is not afraid of dew drops.

Figuratively, this means:
One who has gone through hardships is not afraid of (minor)setbacks.

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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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Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bravery / Courage勇敢
yuu kan
yu kan
yǒng gǎn
yong gan
yung kan
yong3 gan3
Bravery / Courage
isamu / yu-yǒng
Bravery / Courage勇气 / 勇気
yǒng qì
yong qi
yung ch`i
yong3 qi4
yung chi
Inspire with redoubled courage勇気百倍
yuuki hyaku bai
yuki hyaku bai
Strength and Courage力量和勇气
n/alì liàng hé yǒng qì
li liang he yong qi
li liang ho yung ch`i
li4 liang4 he2 yong3 qi4
li liang ho yung chi
Strength and Courage力と勇気
riki to yu ki
Honor Courage尊严勇气
n/azūn yán yǒng qì
zun yan yong qi
tsun yen yung ch`i
zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
tsun yen yung chi
Honor Courage Commitment荣誉勇气责任
n/aróng yù yǒng qì zé rèn
rong yu yong qi ze ren
jung yü yung ch`i tse jen
rong2 yu4 yong3 qi4 ze2 ren4
jung yü yung chi tse jen
Courage to do what is right见义勇为
n/ajiàn yì yǒng wéi
jian yi yong wei
chien i yung wei
jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
Fidelity Honor Courage信义尊严勇气
n/axìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
xin yi zun yan yong qi
hsin i tsun yen yung ch`i
xin4 yi4 zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
hsin i tsun yen yung chi
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 the Waves破浪
ha rou
ha ro
pò làng
po lang
p`o lang
po4 lang4
po lang
Advance Bravely
Indomitable Spirit
n/ayǒng wǎng zhí qián
yong wang zhi qian
yung wang chih ch`ien
yong3 wang3 zhi2 qian2
yung wang chih chien
No Fear无畏
muiwú wèi
wu wei
wu2 wei4
No Fear勇者无畏
n/ayǒng zhě wú wèi
yong zhe wu wei
yung che wu wei
yong3 zhe3 wu2 wei4
No Fear恐れず
oso re zu
Brave Warrior勇士
yuu shi
yu shi
yǒng shì
yong shi
yung shih
yong3 shi4
Preparation Yields No Regrets備え有れば憂い無し
sona e a re ba ure i na shi
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks百折不挠
hyaku setsu su tou
hyaku setsu su to
bǎi zhé bù náo
bai zhe bu nao
pai che pu nao
bai3 zhe2 bu4 nao2
Fearless / Daring大胆不敵
dai tan fu teki
Brave Heart勇敢的心
n/ayǒng gǎn de xīn
yong gan de xin
yung kan te hsin
yong3 gan3 de xin1
n/amào xiǎn
mao xian
mao hsien
mao4 xian3
The Brave Have No Fears勇者不惧
yuu sha fu ku
yu sha fu ku
yǒng zhě bú jù
yong zhe bu ju
yung che pu chü
yong3 zhe3 bu2 ju4
Fear No Man / Fear Nothing无所畏惧
n/awú suǒ wèi jù
wu suo wei ju
wu so wei chü
wu2 suo3 wei4 ju4
Great Ambitions乘风破浪
n/achéng fēng pò làng
cheng feng po lang
ch`eng feng p`o lang
cheng2 feng1 po4 lang4
cheng feng po lang
Tough / Unbeatable 无敌
mutekiwú dí
wu di
wu ti
wu2 di2
Value of Warrior Generals兵在精而不在多将在谋而不在勇
n/abīng zài jīng ér bú zài duō jiàng zài móu ér bú zài yǒng
bing zai jing er bu zai duo jiang zai mou er bu zai yong
ping tsai ching erh pu tsai to chiang tsai mou erh pu tsai yung
bing1 zai4 jing1 er2 bu2 zai4 duo1 jiang4 zai4 mou2 er2 bu2 zai4 yong3
Preparation Yields No Fear or Worries有备无患
n/ayǒu bèi wú huàn
you bei wu huan
yu pei wu huan
you3 bei4 wu2 huan4
One who is drenched in rain, does not fear drops of dew被雨淋过的人不怕露水
n/abèi yǔ lín guò de rén bù pà lù shuǐ
bei yu lin guo de ren bu pa lu shui
pei yü lin kuo te jen pu p`a lu shui
bei4 yu3 lin2 guo4 de ren2 bu4 pa4 lu4 shui3
pei yü lin kuo te jen pu pa lu shui

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