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Courage Symbol in Chinese / Japanese...

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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
  6. Fidelity Honor Courage
  7. Fortune Favors the Brave
  8. Brave the Waves
  9. Advance Bravely...


Bravery / Courage

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

Courage to do what is right

China jiàn yì yǒng wéi
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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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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

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Japan yuusha ha kouun ni megumareru
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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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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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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


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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
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bravery / Courage勇敢
勇敢
yuu kan
yuukan
yu kan
yǒng gǎn
yong gan
yung kan
yong3 gan3
yonggan
Bravery / Courage
isamu / yu-yǒng
yong
yung
yong3
Bravery / Courage勇气 / 勇気
勇氣
yuuki
yuki
yǒng qì
yong qi
yung ch`i
yong3 qi4
yongqi
yungchi
yung chi
Inspire with redoubled courage勇気百倍
勇気百倍
yuuki hyaku bai
yuukihyakubai
yuki hyaku bai
n/a
Strength and Courage力量和勇气
力量和勇氣
n/alì liàng hé yǒng qì
li liang he yong qi
li liang ho yung ch`i
li4 liang4 he2 yong3 qi4
liliangheyongqi
lilianghoyungchi
li liang ho yung chi
Strength and Courage力と勇気
力と勇氣
riki to yu ki
rikitoyuki
n/a
Honor Courage尊严勇气
尊嚴勇氣
n/azūn yán yǒng qì
zun yan yong qi
tsun yen yung ch`i
zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
zunyanyongqi
tsunyenyungchi
tsun yen yung chi
Courage to do what is right见义勇为
見義勇為
n/ajiàn yì yǒng wéi
jian yi yong wei
chien i yung wei
jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
jianyiyongwei
Fidelity Honor Courage信义尊严勇气
信義尊嚴勇氣
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
xinyizunyanyongqi
hsinitsunyenyungchi
hsin i tsun yen yung chi
Fortune Favors the Brave勇者は幸運に恵まれる
勇者は幸運に恵まれる
yuusha ha kouun ni megumareru
yusha ha koun ni megumareru
n/a
Brave the Waves破浪
破浪
ha rou
harou
ha ro
pò làng
po lang
p`o lang
po4 lang4
polang
polang
po lang
Advance Bravely
Indomitable Spirit
勇往直前
勇往直前
n/ayǒng wǎng zhí qián
yong wang zhi qian
yung wang chih ch`ien
yong3 wang3 zhi2 qian2
yongwangzhiqian
yungwangchihchien
yung wang chih chien

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