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Heart of Judo

China róu
Japan yawara
Heart of Judo

This Kanji literally means flexible, pliable, gentle, or yielding. This is also the first Kanji of the Japanese martial arts titles of Judo and Jujutsu (Jujitsu). In those cases, it's pronounced "ju" in Japanese. However, alone, the classic pronunciation is "yawara." Some translate this Kanji (in the context of martial arts) as "The Heart of Judo."

Please note that this just means pliable, gentle, and yielding in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. They do know what Judo and Jujitsu are but if this character is seen alone in China or Korea, people generally will not think of the martial arts context.


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極める

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Japanese kiwameru きわめる
 kimeru きめる
Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to carry to extremes; to go to the end of something; (2) to investigate thoroughly; to master; (transitive verb) (1) to decide; to choose; to determine; to make up one's mind; to resolve; to set one's heart on; to settle; to arrange; to set; to appoint; to fix; (2) to clinch (a victory); to decide (the outcome of a match); (3) to persist in doing; to go through with; (4) to always do; to have made a habit of; (5) to take for granted; to assume; (6) to dress up; to dress to kill; to dress to the nines; (7) to carry out successfully (a move in sports, a pose in dance, etc.); to succeed in doing; (8) (martial arts term) (sumo) to immobilize with a double-arm lock (in sumo, judo, etc.); (9) to eat or drink something; to take illegal drugs

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決める

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Japanese kimeru きめる
Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to decide; to choose; to determine; to make up one's mind; to resolve; to set one's heart on; to settle; to arrange; to set; to appoint; to fix; (2) to clinch (a victory); to decide (the outcome of a match); (3) to persist in doing; to go through with; (4) to always do; to have made a habit of; (5) to take for granted; to assume; (6) to dress up; to dress to kill; to dress to the nines; (7) to carry out successfully (a move in sports, a pose in dance, etc.); to succeed in doing; (8) (martial arts term) (sumo) to immobilize with a double-arm lock (in sumo, judo, etc.); (9) to eat or drink something; to take illegal drugs

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Heart of Judo yawararóu / rou2 / rou jou

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