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  1. Energy Sword Body in Concert
  2. Reiki
  3. Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart
  4. Relax / Take it Easy
  5. Fighting Spirit
  6. Electricity / Lightning
  7. Aikikai
  8. Air / Atmosphere
  9. Aiki Jujutsu
10. Aikido
11. Bravery / Courage
12. Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu
13. Esprit de Corps / Determination
14. Kodokan Aikido
15. Inspire with redoubled courage
16. Life Energy / Spiritual Energy
17. Follow Your Heart
18. Motivation
19. Serenity Prayer
20. Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do
21. Shotokan Aikido
22. Stamina / Vigor
23. Strength and Courage
24. Strength / Vigor / Energy


Energy Sword Body in Concert

Spirit, Sword & Body as One
Japan ki ken tai icchi
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This often gets translated as "Mind Sword Body", or "Spirit, Sword and Body as One". But I think these translations don't tell you enough about what this is really saying.

In this context, , which is the modern Japanese version of 氣, means spiritual and unseen energy or "life energy". In some cases, can be translated as spirit, feeling, or nature. If defined as mind, it's more about invisible or intangible part of one's mind (or soul).

剣 is the Japanese version of 劍 meaning sword.

体 is the modern Japanese version of 體 meaning body.

The Kanji 一 means one, and in this case suggests "all in one". The Kanji 到 means to send, deliver, or convey. But together, 一到 suggests all these things in agreement, union cooperation, or in concert.

Reiki

China líng qì
Japan reiki
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This is the title of a healing practice that is now found throughout the world but with origins in Japan.

Special note: Outside of the context of the healing practice of Reiki, this means "aura" or "spiritual essence that surrounds all living things". A Japanese person not familiar with the practice will take the "aura" meaning.

Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also heals. It can be compared to massage, but is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If your life force energy is low, you'll be more likely to get sick or feel stress. If your life force energy is abundant and flowing well, you become more capable of being happy and healthy.

There is a lot of information available if you want to Google this term - my job is to offer the calligraphy, while you can decide if it is right for you.

Note: We are showing the ancient (traditional) form of the Reiki Kanji. I have seen Reiki written with both the slightly simplified version and this more classic form. If you want the form of Reiki with the two strokes in the shape of an X on the second character and reformed first character, simply click on the Kanji characters to the right.

Note: This is also a Chinese word, but in Chinese, these characters create a word that refers to a smart person, or someone with high aspirations. It is not read as a healing method in Chinese.
In Korean Hanja, this can be read as "mysterious atmosphere" by a Korean who is not familiar with the practice of Reiki (still has a cool meaning in Korean).

Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart

Japan ki no tsuyo i
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Here's the character breakdown of this Japanese title:
(ki) spirit; mind; heart; nature; motivation; intention; feelings; essence.
の (no) possessive particle.
強い (tsuyoi) strong; powerful; mighty; potent; resistant; resilient; durable.

Relax / Take it Easy

Japanese
Japan ki o raku ni su ru
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This is a Japanese word that means "relax" or "take it easy".

Fighting Spirit

Japanese
Japan tou ki
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This is an alternate Japanese title for "fighting spirit". This one is more like "fighting energy". The second character is "ki" the same "ki" in Aikido. This "ki" is the spiritual energy that all martial arts practitioners must master and focus.

Electricity / Lightning

Japanese Only
Japan den ki
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This is the title for electricity in Japanese Kanji.

This can also be used to mean lightning in Japanese.


See Also...  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

Aikikai

Japan ai ki kai
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Aikikai is the original school of Aikido. Several organizations use this title. The first was established in Japan in 1940 (The Aikikai Foundation or 財団法人合会).

The only difference between this title and Aikido, is the last character "kai" which means club, group, fraternity, organization, or assembly.

Note: This title is often romanized with a dash like this: Aiki-Kai.

Air / Atmosphere

China kōng qì
Japan kuu ki
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This means air or atmosphere in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. This is an unusual title for an Asian calligraphy wall scroll, but a lot of our western customers have requested it.


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.

Aiki Jujutsu

Japan ai ki juu jutsu
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This is the title for the Japanese martial arts style known as "Aiki-Jujutsu".

Aikido

Defensive form of martial arts
China hé qì dào
Japan ai ki dou
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Aikido is often referred to as the defensive martial art. While aikido was born in Japan, it has become a somewhat famous form of defensive tactics taught to soldiers and Marines, as well as some law enforcement officers in the west.

Looking at the characters, the first means "union" or "harmony".
The second character means "universal energy" or "spirit".
The third means "way" or "method".

Please note that while these Japanese Kanji characters can be pronounced in Chinese, this word is not well-known in China and is not considered part of the Chinese lexicon.

Note: It is somewhat accepted that this is the origin of Hapkido in Korea. And other than a modern simplification to the middle Kanji of this 3-Kanji word, it is written the same in Korean Hanja.


See Also...  Martial Arts

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.

Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu

School of Japanese Martial Arts
Japan dai tou ryuu ai ki juu jutsu
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If you want this title, you probably already know the meaning.
If not, here's the Wikipedia entry: Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu.

Esprit de Corps / Determination

Japan shiki
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This Japanese word can mean, "esprit de corps" or "determination to achieve".

When this is pronounced "Shige", it can refer to a place in Japan.

Kodokan Aikido

Japan kou dou kan ai ki dou
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This is Kodokan Aikido.

Be sure this is the right Kodokan for your school, as there are two different titles that romanize as Kodokan 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:
(yuuki) courage; bravery; valour; valor; nerve; boldness.
百 (hyaku) 100; hundred.
倍 (bai) twice; double; 2-times; 2-fold.

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
China
Japan ki
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This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

This character is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in “life force” or “spiritual energy”. It is most often translated as “energy flow,” or literally as “air” or “breath”. Some people will simply translate this as “spirit”, but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

米The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice is shown to the right.

Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.

氣氣The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like one the symbols shown to the right.

氣However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical is shown to the right.

The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the “flow” of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.


気The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese, but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.

More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee”, but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.


See Also...  Energy | Life Force | Vitality | Life | Birth | Soul

Follow Your Heart

Japanese
Japan kimochi ni shitagau
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The first part of this Japanese proverb means, feeling, sensation, or mood. In this context, you could say it means your heart, as the whole proverb is suggesting that you follow the feelings that you have inside.
The second part suggests following, abiding by, or listening to this inner feeling.

Motivation

Chinese only
Japan yaruki
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This word means motivation in Japanese. It also can be translated as willingness (e.g. to do something), eagerness, inspiration, determination, totally willing, fully motivated, and high aspirations.


See Also...  Enthusiasm | Passion

Serenity Prayer

Japanese
Japan kamisama ha watashi ni kaeru koto no deki nai mono o ukeireru odayaka sa to kaeru koto no dekiru yuuki to sono chigai o shiru kenmei sa o ataeru
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This is a Japanese version of the serenity prayer, as used by many 12-step programs and support groups.

In Japanese, this says:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

Japanese only
China mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
Japan shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
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This is the title for Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do.
A school of Karate.

Note that while this title can be pronounced in Chinese, it only makes complete sense in Japanese.

Shotokan Aikido

Japanese
China sōng tāo guǎn hé qì dào
Japan shou tou kan ai ki dou
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This is the title for Shotokan Aikido in Japanese.

Note: Chinese and Korean pronunciations of these characters are included above, however, this title would only be understood in Chinese or Korean by someone who practices or is familiar with Shotokan Aikido. Please consider this title to be "Japanese only".


See Also...  Martial Arts

Stamina / Vigor

Japan genki
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This Japanese word has a broad range of meanings. It can mean healthy, robust, vigor, vitality, stamina, spirit, or pep.

This word is also used in part of a Japanese greeting, similar to "How you doing?", but more like "How's your health?".

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.

Strength / Vigor / Energy

Physical Strength
China qì lì
Japan kiryoku
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This word can mean any of the words in the title above, and in some context, can also mean, effort, will-power, or talent. This word refers mostly to physical strength (as opposed to mental or spiritual).


気In modern Japan, they use a simplified first character for this word. If you want to order this title with that special Japanese version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

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See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Energy Sword Body in Concert气剑体一致
気剣体一致 / 氣劍體一致
ki ken tai icchi
kikentaiicchi
ki ken tai ichi
Reiki灵气 霊気
靈氣
reikilíng qì
ling qi
ling ch`i
ling2 qi4
lingqi
lingchi
ling chi
Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart 気の強い
氣の強い
ki no tsuyo i
kinotsuyoi
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Relax / Take it Easy気を楽にする
気を楽にする
ki o raku ni su ru
kiorakunisuru
n/a
Fighting Spirit闘気气
闘氣
tou ki
touki
to ki
n/a
Electricity / Lightning電気
電氣
den ki
denki
n/a
Aikikai合気会
合気会 / 合氣會
ai ki kai
aikikai
n/a
Air / Atmosphere空气 / 空気
空氣
kuu ki
kuuki
ku ki
kōng qì
kong qi
k`ung ch`i
kong1 qi4
kongqi
kungchi
kung chi
Aiki Jujutsu合气柔术
合気柔術 / 合氣柔術
ai ki juu jutsu
aikijuujutsu
ai ki ju jutsu
n/a
Aikido合気道 (Modern Japanese)
合氣道 (Old Japanese/Chinese)
ai ki dou
aikidou
ai ki do
hé qì dào
he qi dao
ho ch`i tao
he2 qi4 dao4
heqidao
hochitao
ho chi tao
Bravery / Courage勇气 / 勇気
勇氣
yuuki
yuki
yǒng qì
yong qi
yung ch`i
yong3 qi4
yongqi
yungchi
yung chi
Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu大东流合气柔术
大東流合気柔術
dai tou ryuu ai ki juu jutsu
daitouryuuaikijuujutsu
dai to ryu ai ki ju jutsu
n/a
Esprit de Corps / Determination志気
志気
shikin/a
Kodokan Aikido光道馆合气道
光道館合気道 / 光道館合氣道
kou dou kan ai ki dou
koudoukanaikidou
ko do kan ai ki do
n/a
Inspire with redoubled courage勇気百倍
勇気百倍
yuuki hyaku bai
yuukihyakubai
yuki hyaku bai
n/a
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy气 / 気
ki
qi
ch`i
qi4
chi
chi
Follow Your Heart気持ちに従う
気持ちに従う
kimochi ni shitagau
kimochinishitagau
n/a
Motivationやる気
やる気
yarukin/a
Serenity Prayer神様は私に変える事の出来ない物を受け入れる穏やかさと変える事の出来る勇気とその違いを知る賢明さを与える
神様は私に変える事の出来ない物を受け入れる穏やかさと変える事の出来る勇気とその違いを知る賢明さを与える
kamisama ha watashi ni kaeru koto no deki nai mono o ukeireru odayaka sa to kaeru koto no dekiru yuuki to sono chigai o shiru kenmei sa o ataeru
kamisama ha watashi ni kaeru koto no deki nai mono o ukeireru odayaka sa to kaeru koto no dekiru yuki to sono chigai o shiru kenmei sa o ataeru
n/a
Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do糸东流気目馆空手道
糸東流氣目館空手道
shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-do
mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
mi dong liu qi mu guan kong shou dao
mi tung liu ch`i mu kuan k`ung shou tao
mi4 dong1 liu2 qi4 mu4 guan3 kong1 shou3 dao4
mi tung liu chi mu kuan kung shou tao
Shotokan Aikido (Japanese)松涛館合気道 (Modern Japanese)
鬆濤館合氣道 (Old Japanese/Chinese)
shou tou kan ai ki dou
shoutoukanaikidou
sho to kan ai ki do
sōng tāo guǎn hé qì dào
song tao guan he qi dao
sung t`ao kuan ho ch`i tao
song1 tao1 guan3 he2 qi4 dao4
songtaoguanheqidao
sungtaokuanhochitao
sung tao kuan ho chi tao
Stamina / Vigor元気
元気
genkin/a
Strength and Courage力と勇気
力と勇氣
riki to yu ki
rikitoyuki
n/a
Strength / Vigor / Energy气力 / 気力
氣力
kiryokuqì lì
qi li
ch`i li
qi4 li4
qili
chili
chi li

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "ki" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

Some people may refer to this entry as 気 Kanji, 気 Characters, 気 in Mandarin Chinese, 気 Characters, 気 in Chinese Writing, 気 in Japanese Writing, 気 in Asian Writing, 気 Ideograms, Chinese 気 symbols, 気 Hieroglyphics, 気 Glyphs, 気 in Chinese Letters, 気 Hanzi, 気 in Japanese Kanji, 気 Pictograms, 気 in the Chinese Written-Language, or 気 in the Japanese Written-Language.

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