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Courage in the Face of Fear in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Bravery / Courage

  2. Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

  3. Advance Bravely...

  4. Courage to do what is right

  5. Bravery / Courage

  6. Fear No Man / Fear Nothing

  7. Fearless / Daring

  8. No Surrender

  9. No Fear

10. Preparation Yields No Fear or Worries

11. Preparation Yields No Regrets

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

13. Tough / Unbeatable


Bravery / Courage

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

勇敢 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.

勇敢 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."

Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

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

This Chinese proverb means "Be undaunted in the face of repeated setbacks." More directly-translated, it reads, "[Overcome] a hundred setbacks, without flinching." 百折不撓 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

Advance Bravely
Indomitable Spirit

China yǒng wǎng zhí qián
Advance Bravely / Indomitable Spirit Vertical 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

Courage to do what is right

China jiàn yì yǒng wéi
Courage to do what is right Vertical 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

Bravery / Courage

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

勇 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.

勇 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 Vertical 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.

Fear No Man / Fear Nothing

China wú suǒ wèi jù
Fear No Man / Fear Nothing Vertical Wall Scroll

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."

Fearless / Daring

Japan dai tan fu teki
Fearless / Daring Vertical Wall Scroll

大膽不敵 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.

No Surrender

Honor Does Not Allow Second Thoughts
China yì wú fǎn gù
No Surrender Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb can be translated a few different ways. Here are some examples:

Honor does not allow one to glance back.
Duty-bound not to turn back.
No surrender.
To pursue justice with no second thoughts.
Never surrender your principles.

This proverb is really about having the courage to do what is right without questioning your decision to take the right and just course.

No Fear

(2 characters)
China wú wèi
Japan mui
No Fear Vertical 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 Fear

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

勇者無畏 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
No Fear Vertical 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

Preparation Yields No Fear or Worries

China yǒu bèi wú huàn
Preparation Yields No Fear or Worries Vertical Wall Scroll

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."

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

Preparation Yields No Regrets

Japan sona e a re ba ure i na shi
Preparation Yields No Regrets Vertical Wall Scroll

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


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

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

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

被雨淋過的人不怕露水 is a Chinese proverb that 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.

Tough / Unbeatable

China wú dí
Japan muteki
Tough / Unbeatable  Vertical Wall Scroll

無敵 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.

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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
勇敢yuu kan / yuukan / yu kan / yukanyǒng gǎn / yong3 gan3 / yong gan / yongganyung kan / yungkan
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks百折不撓
百折不挠
hyaku setsu su tou
hyakusetsusutou
hyaku setsu su to
hyakusetsusuto
bǎi zhé bù náo
bai3 zhe2 bu4 nao2
bai zhe bu nao
baizhebunao
pai che pu nao
paichepunao
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
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
Bravery
Courage
isamu / yu-yǒng / yong3 / yongyung
Bravery
Courage
勇氣
勇气 / 勇気
yuuki / yukiyǒng qì / yong3 qi4 / yong qi / yongqiyung ch`i / yungchi / yung chi
Fear No Man
Fear Nothing
無所畏懼
无所畏惧
wú suǒ wèi jù
wu2 suo3 wei4 ju4
wu suo wei ju
wusuoweiju
wu so wei chü
wusoweichü
Fearless
Daring
大膽不敵
大胆不敵
dai tan fu teki
daitanfuteki
No Surrender義無反顧
义无反顾
yì wú fǎn gù
yi4 wu2 fan3 gu4
yi wu fan gu
yiwufangu
i wu fan ku
iwufanku
No Fear無畏
无畏
muiwú wèi / wu2 wei4 / wu wei / wuwei
No Fear勇者無畏
勇者无畏
yǒng zhě wú wèi
yong3 zhe3 wu2 wei4
yong zhe wu wei
yongzhewuwei
yung che wu wei
yungchewuwei
No Fear恐れずoso re zu / osorezu
Preparation Yields No Fear or Worries有備無患
有备无患
yǒu bèi wú huàn
you3 bei4 wu2 huan4
you bei wu huan
youbeiwuhuan
yu pei wu huan
yupeiwuhuan
Preparation Yields No Regrets備え有れば憂い無しsona e a re ba ure i na shi
sonaearebaureinashi
One who is drenched in rain, does not fear drops of dew被雨淋過的人不怕露水
被雨淋过的人不怕露水
bèi yǔ lín guò de rén bù pà lù shuǐ
bei4 yu3 lin2 guo4 de ren2 bu4 pa4 lu4 shui3
bei yu lin guo de ren bu pa lu shui
pei yü lin kuo te jen pu p`a lu shui
pei yü lin kuo te jen pu pa lu shui
Tough
Unbeatable
無敵
无敌
mutekiwú dí / wu2 di2 / wu di / wudiwu ti / wuti
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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