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Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

China dào cháng
Japan dou jou
Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

道場 is the Japanese term for a room or hall in which martial arts are taught. 道場 is often spelled "dojo" which has become a word in the English lexicon. However, the true Romaji is "doujou" or "dōjō."

Please note: The Chinese definition of these characters is quite different. In Chinese, this is a place where Buddhist or Taoist mass is held. It could also be the place where spiritual or psychic events are performed.

Dojo Kun

Japan dou jou kun
Dojo Kun

道場訓 is the Japanese term for the rules or doctrine of the dojo.

道場訓 is often a list of roles and expectations posted near the front entrance of a dojo.

Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

Japan doujou de naki senjou de warau
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

道場で泣き戦場で笑う is a Japanese phrase that means, "Cry in the dojo, laugh on the battlefield."

You'll see this phrase in a lot of dojos as a kind of philosophical joke.

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See Also:  The More We Sweat in Training the Less We Bleed in Battle


China tóng qíng
Japan dou jou

These two characters mean compassion and sympathy in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, which makes this word universal.

Compassion is caring and understanding someone is hurt or troubled (even if you don't know them). It is wanting to help, even if all you can do is listen and say kind words. You forgive mistakes. You are a friend when someone needs a friend.

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Mandarin tóng qíng / tong2 qing2
Taiwan t`ung ch`ing / tung ching
Japanese doujou / dojo どうじょう
Chinese to sympathize with; sympathy
Japanese (noun/participle) sympathy; compassion; sympathize; sympathise; pity; feel for
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Mandarin dào chǎng / dao4 chang3
Taiwan tao ch`ang / tao chang
Japanese michiba みちば
 douba / doba どうば
 doujou / dojo どうじょう
 touba / toba とうば
Chinese Taoist or Buddhist rite; abbr. for 菩提道場|菩提道场[Pu2 ti2 dao4 chang3]
Japanese (1) dojo (hall used for martial arts training); (2) (Buddhist term) (abbreviation) manda (place of Buddhist practice or meditation, esp. the place under the bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment); (surname) Michiba; (place-name, surname) Douba; (place-name, surname) Doujou; (surname) Touba
Truth-plot. bodhimaṇḍala, circle, or place of enlightenment. The place where Buddha attained enlightenment. A place, or method, for attaining to Buddha-truth. An object of or place for religious offerings. A place for teaching, learning, or practising religion; site of enlightenment
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Mandarin tóng / tong2
Taiwan t`ung / tung
Japanese doujou / dojo どうじょう
Chinese (used in given names); variant of 同[tong2]
Japanese "as above" mark

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Japanese dojou / dojo どじょう
Japanese (1) (kana only) loach (any fish of family Cobitidae); (2) weather loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus)

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Mandarin tóng shàng / tong2 shang4
Taiwan t`ung shang / tung shang
Japanese doujou / dojo どうじょう
Chinese as above; ditto; idem
Japanese same as above; ditto; ibid.

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Japanese doujou / dojo どうじょう
Japanese (noun/participle) riding together; riding with

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Mandarin táng shàng / tang2 shang4
Taiwan t`ang shang / tang shang
Japanese donoue / donoe どのうえ
 dounoue / donoe どがみ
 doujou / dojo どうのうえ
 dougami / dogami どうじょう
 doue / doe どうがみ
 douue / doue どうえ
Japanese on the roof; court nobles; (surname) Donoue; (surname) Dogami; (surname) Dounoue; (surname) Doujou; (surname) Dougami; (surname) Doue; (surname) Douue
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Japanese dojou / dojo どじょう
Japanese (1) soil; (2) breeding ground; fertile ground (for); foundation (for the development of ...)

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Mandarin tǔ chéng / tu3 cheng2
Taiwan t`u ch`eng / tu cheng
Japanese dojou / dojo どじょう
 doki どき
Chinese Tucheng city in New Taipei City 新北市[Xin1 bei3 shi4], Taiwan
Japanese (given name) Dojou; (surname) Doki

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Japanese donjou / donjo どんじょう
 donjo どんじょ
 dojou / dojo どじょう
Japanese (1) (kana only) loach (any fish of family Cobitidae); (2) weather loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus)

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Japanese kakugijou / kakugijo かくぎじょう
Japanese (martial arts term) training place; dojo

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Japanese enbujou / enbujo えんぶじょう
Japanese dojo (hall used for martial arts training)

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Japanese kakugijou / kakugijo かくぎじょう
Japanese (martial arts term) training place; dojo

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Japanese dojou / dojo ドジョウ
Japanese (1) (kana only) loach (any fish of family Cobitidae); (2) weather loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus)

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Martial Arts Studio
dou jou / doujou / do jo / dojodào cháng
dao4 chang2
dao chang
tao ch`ang
tao chang
Dojo Kun 道場訓
dou jou kun
do jo kun
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield 道場で泣き戦場で笑うdoujou de naki senjou de warau
dojo de naki senjo de warau
Compassion 同情dou jou / doujou / do jo / dojotóng qíng
tong2 qing2
tong qing
t`ung ch`ing
tung ching
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