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Courage Symbol in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Bravery / Courage
  2. Strength and Courage
  3. Inspire with redoubled courage
  4. Courage and Strength
  5. Honor Courage
  6. Courageous Spirit
  7. Honor Courage Commitment
  8. Honor, Courage, Commitment
  9. Courage to do what is right
10. Fidelity Honor Courage
11. Fortune favors the brave
12. Brave the Waves
13. 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 valor/valour, 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 make your selection based on the intended audience for your calligraphy artwork. Or pick the single-character form of bravery/courage which is universal.

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.

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.

Courage and Strength

China yǒng lì
Japan yuu ri
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This is a very short way to say "courage and strength" in Chinese and Japanese.

In Japanese, it's read more like "strong courage" or "powerful courage." This can also be the personal name Yuri or Yuuri 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.

Courageous Spirit

China gǔ qì
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This Chinese title means "unyielding character," "courageous spirit," "integrity," or "moral backbone."

Honor Courage Commitment

China róng yù yǒng qì zé rèn
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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.

Honor, Courage, Commitment

Japan meiyo yuuki ketsui
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This means "Honor, Courage, Commitment" in Japanese.

This is a common military phrase in English used in the Navy and Marines.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Japanese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

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

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.


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
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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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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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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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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bravery / Courage 勇敢yuu kan / yuukan / yu kan / yukanyǒng gǎn / yong3 gan3 / yong gan / yonggan yung kan / yungkan
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
Strength and Courage 力量和勇氣
力量和勇气
lì liàng hé yǒng qì
li4 liang4 he2 yong3 qi4
li liang he yong qi
liliangheyongqi
li liang ho yung ch`i
lilianghoyungchi
li liang ho yung chi
Strength and Courage 力と勇氣
力と勇気
riki to yu ki
rikitoyuki
Inspire with redoubled courage 勇気百倍yuuki hyaku bai
yuukihyakubai
yuki hyaku bai
yukihyakubai
Courage and Strength 勇力yuu ri / yuuri / yu ri / yuriyǒng lì / yong3 li4 / yong li / yongli yung li / yungli
Honor Courage 尊嚴勇氣
尊严勇气
zūn yán yǒng qì
zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
zun yan yong qi
zunyanyongqi
tsun yen yung ch`i
tsunyenyungchi
tsun yen yung chi
Courageous Spirit 骨氣
骨气
gǔ qì / gu3 qi4 / gu qi / guqi ku ch`i / kuchi / ku chi
Honor Courage Commitment 榮譽勇氣責任
荣誉勇气责任
róng yù yǒng qì zé rèn
rong2 yu4 yong3 qi4 ze2 ren4
rong yu yong qi ze ren
rongyuyongqizeren
jung yü yung ch`i tse jen
jungyüyungchitsejen
jung yü yung chi tse jen
Honor, Courage, Commitment 名譽, 勇気, 決意
名誉, 勇気, 決意
meiyo yuuki ketsui
meiyoyuukiketsui
meiyo yuki ketsui
meiyoyukiketsui
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
Fidelity Honor Courage 信義尊嚴勇氣
信义尊严勇气
xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
xin4 yi4 zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
xin yi zun yan yong qi
xinyizunyanyongqi
hsin i tsun yen yung ch`i
hsinitsunyenyungchi
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
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

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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