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

Energy Sword Body in Concert

Spirit, Sword & Body as One
Japan ki ken tai icchi
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Energy Sword Body in Concert

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.


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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Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart

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.

Inspire with redoubled courage

Japan yuuki hyaku bai
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Inspire with redoubled courage

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.

Wado-Kai Aikido

Japan wa dou kai ai ki do
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Wado-Kai Aikido

This is the title for Wado-Kai Aikido.

See Also...  Wado-Ryu

Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu

School of Japanese Martial Arts
Japan dai tou ryuu ai ki juu jutsu
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Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu

If you want this title, you probably already know the meaning.
If not, here's the Wikipedia entry: Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu.

Fighting Spirit

Japan tou ki
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Fighting Spirit

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.


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.

Bravery / Courage

Courageous Energy
China yǒng qì
Japan yuuki
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Bravery / Courage

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.


China hé qì dào
Japan ai ki dou
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This is the modern Japanese way to write Aikido

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 | Hapkido

Air / Atmosphere

China kōng qì
Japan kuu ki
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Air / Atmosphere

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.

Electricity / Lightning

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

Esprit de Corps / Determination

Japan shi ki / shi ge
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Esprit de Corps / Determination

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. It can also be a Japanese surname "Shiki".

Honor, Courage, Commitment

Japan meiyo yuuki ketsui
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Honor, Courage, Commitment

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).

Kodokan Aikido

Japan kou dou kan ai ki dou
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Kodokan Aikido

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.

Aiki Jujutsu

Japan ai ki juu jutsu
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Aiki Jujutsu

This is the title for the Japanese martial arts style known as "Aiki-Jujutsu".

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
Japan ki
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Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

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

Japan kimochi ni shitagau
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Follow Your Heart

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.


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

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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Serenity Prayer

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

China mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
Japan shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
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Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

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

China sōng tāo guǎn hé qì dào
Japan shou tou kan ai ki dou
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Shotokan Aikido

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 | Hapkido

Stamina / Vigor

Japan genki
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Stamina / Vigor

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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Strength and Courage

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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Strength / Vigor / Energy

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.

Relax / Take it Easy

Japan ki o raku ni su ru
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Relax<br>Take it Easy

This is a Japanese word that means "relax" or "take it easy".

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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.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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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
Energy Sword Body in Concert 気剣体一致 / 氣劍體一致
ki ken tai icchi
ki ken tai ichi
Reiki 靈氣
灵气 霊気
reikilíng qì / ling2 qi4 / ling qi / lingqi ling ch`i / lingchi / ling chi
Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart 氣の強い
ki no tsuyo i
Inspire with redoubled courage 勇気百倍yuuki hyaku bai
yuki hyaku bai
Wado-Kai Aikido 和道會合気道
wa dou kai ai ki do
wa do kai ai ki do
Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu 大東流合気柔術
dai tou ryuu ai ki juu jutsu
dai to ryu ai ki ju jutsu
Fighting Spirit 闘氣
tou ki / touki / to ki / toki
Aikikai 合気会 / 合氣會
ai ki kai / aikikai
Bravery / Courage 勇氣
勇气 / 勇気
yuuki / yukiyǒng qì / yong3 qi4 / yong qi / yongqi yung ch`i / yungchi / yung chi
Aikido 合氣道 (Old Japanese/Chinese)
合気道 (Modern Japanese)
ai ki dou / aikidou / ai ki do / aikidohé qì dào
he2 qi4 dao4
he qi dao
ho ch`i tao
ho chi tao
Air / Atmosphere 空氣
空气 / 空気
kuu ki / kuuki / ku ki / kukikōng qì / kong1 qi4 / kong qi / kongqi k`ung ch`i / kungchi / kung chi
Electricity / Lightning 電氣
den ki / denki
Esprit de Corps / Determination 志気shi ki / shi ge
shiki / shige
Honor, Courage, Commitment 名譽, 勇気, 決意
名誉, 勇気, 決意
meiyo yuuki ketsui
meiyo yuki ketsui
Kodokan Aikido 光道館合気道 / 光道館合氣道
kou dou kan ai ki dou
ko do kan ai ki do
Aiki Jujutsu 合気柔術 / 合氣柔術
ai ki juu jutsu
ai ki ju jutsu
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy
气 / 気
kiqì / qi4 / qi ch`i / chi
Follow Your Heart 気持ちに従うkimochi ni shitagau
Motivation やる気yaruki
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
Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do 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
mi4 dong1 liu2 qi4 mu4 guan3 kong1 shou3 dao4
mi dong liu qi mu guan kong shou dao
mi tung liu ch`i mu kuan k`ung shou tao
mi tung liu chi mu kuan kung shou tao
Shotokan Aikido 鬆濤館合氣道 (Old Japanese/Chinese)
松涛館合気道 (Modern Japanese)
shou tou kan ai ki dou
sho to kan ai ki do
sōng tāo guǎn hé qì dào
song1 tao1 guan3 he2 qi4 dao4
song tao guan he qi dao
sung t`ao kuan ho ch`i tao
sung tao kuan ho chi tao
Stamina / Vigor 元気genki
Strength and Courage 力と勇氣
riki to yu ki
Strength / Vigor / Energy 氣力
气力 / 気力
kiryokuqì lì / qi4 li4 / qi li / qili ch`i li / chili / chi li
Relax / Take it Easy 気を楽にするki o raku ni su ru

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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