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| 1. Bravery / Courage
2. Inspire with redoubled courage
3. Strength and Courage
4. Honor Courage
5. Courage to do what is right
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7. Fortune Favors the Brave
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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
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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.
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.
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".
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.
While not a typical Chinese phrase, this is how to write "strength and courage".
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This may not be the most common Japanese phrase, but this is how to write "strength and courage" in Japanese.
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.
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.
This Japanese proverb suggests that in history, the brave or courageous tend to be the ones who win.
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.
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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.
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.
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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
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Bravery / Courage||勇|
|isamu / yu-||yǒng|
|Bravery / Courage||勇气 / 勇気|
|Bravery / Courage||勇敢|
|Inspire with redoubled courage||勇気百倍|
|yuuki hyaku bai|
yuki hyaku bai
|Strength and Courage||力量和勇气|
|n/a||lì 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|
|n/a||zūn yán yǒng qì|
zun yan yong qi
tsun yen yung ch`i
|zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4|
tsun yen yung chi
|Courage to do what is right||见义勇为|
|n/a||jiàn 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/a||xìn 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|
|n/a||yǒng wàng zhí qián|
yong wang zhi qian
yung wang chih ch`ien
|yong3 wang4 zhi2 qian2|
yung wang chih chien
If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "courage" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
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