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Self Discipline in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Self-Discipline / Will-Power
  2. Self-Restraint / Self-Control
  3. Self-Improvement
  4. Will-Power / Self-Control
  5. Self-Control
  6. Perseverance / Will-Power
  7. Discipline
  8. Determination
  9. Discipline / Training / Tempering Character
10. Strong Hearted / Strong Willed
11. Well-Disciplined / Orderly
12. Determination to Achieve / Will-Power
13. Perseverance
14. Strength / Vigor / Energy


Self-Discipline / Will-Power

China zì lǜ
Japan jiritsu
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Self-discipline means self-control. It is doing what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You act instead of react. You get things done in an orderly and efficient way. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.


Not sure if this one works for a Japanese audience.


See Also...  Discipline | Self-Control

Self-Restraint / Self-Control

China kè jǐ
Japan kokki
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This word can be translated as "self-denial", "self-abnegation", "self-restraint", "self-discipline", "self-mastery" or selflessness.

As a tenet of Korean taekwondo, and other martial arts, this is often used with the title "self-control".

Self-Improvement

China xiū yǎng
Japan shuuyou / shuyo
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This means self-improvement in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Other translations for this word include: accomplishment; training; self-cultivation; (mental) training; self-discipline; cultivation; cultivating moral character.

Will-Power / Self-Control

China yì zhì lì
Japan ishi ryoku
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This is the form of will power or self-control is about having the determination or tenacity to keep going.

In Japanese, this is the power of will, strength of will, volition, intention, intent, or determination.

Self-Control

China zì zhì
Japan jisei
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The short and sweet version of self-control.

Note: This can also mean self-restraint.


See Also...  Will-Power | Discipline

Self-Control

China zì jǐ yì zhì
Japan jikoyokusei
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The first two characters mean "regarding oneself", and the second two mean "to refrain" or "to restrain". So together, this has a meaning like "to restrain oneself".


See Also...  Discipline | Will-Power

Perseverance / Will-Power

China yì lì
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These two characters are a way to express "perseverance" with the idea of "willpower" in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. It can also mean "strong willed".

The first character means "strong" and "persistent", while the second means "strength" and "power".

Discipline

China jì lǜ
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Discipline: There are a few different ways to define this word in English. This Asian word conveys the idea of extreme self-control and perhaps self-sacrifice, and obedience. This matches what I was taught as the meaning of "discipline" when I was in the Marine Corps. There is also an additional idea of maintaining order or being orderly in your tasks.

This idea would also fit an athlete training for the Olympics who gives up many pleasures to stay focused on their training.


See Also...  Self-Control | Will-Power

Discipline

China guī
Japan kiritsu
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This Japanese word for discipline relays the ideas of keeping order, observance (of rules, laws, regulations).

This is also a word in Chinese and old Korean Hanja where it suggests that you are one who follows a certain law of behavior, or have a regular and dependable pattern of behavior, personal regime or rhythm.


See Also...  Self-Control | Will-Power

Discipline

China duàn liàn
Japan tan ren
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This is the Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja word that is used for discipline. This has a meaning like "forging or creating something from lots of training and practice". My Japanese dictionary translates this as, "tempering, forging, hardening, disciplining, training".

This is for Japanese and Korean only. In Chinese, these characters might be translated as (physical) "exercise".


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The modern form of the second Japanese Kanji looks like the first image to the right. There's also an alternate modern form after that, and finally, an alternate traditional form. Because calligraphy is an art, the calligrapher could choose any of these possible forms. Let us know if you have a preference.


See Also...  Self-Control | Will-Power

Determination

China jué xīn
Japan kesshin
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You focus your energy and efforts on a task and stick with it until it is finished. Determination is using your will power to do something when it isn't easy. You are determined to meet your goals even when it is hard or you are being tested. With determination we make our dreams come true.

The first characters means "to determine" or "determined". The second character means "heart", "mind" or "soul", so you can imagine that this form of "determination" partially means to put your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).


See Also...  Devotion | Tenacious | Passion | Dedication | Will-Power

Discipline / Training / Tempering Character

China mó liàn
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This is a form of discipline which suggests training of the mind and character, aimed at producing self-control, obedience, etc.

One of my Chinese-English dictionaries even translates this as "tempering oneself" or turning yourself into hardened steel.


In old Korean Hanja, they use these characters in reverse order, but with the same meaning. If you want the Korean version, please click this link instead of the button above: Korean version.

Strong Hearted / Strong Willed

China yì zhì jiān qiáng
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This phrase can mean either "strong hearted", "strong willed" or "determination".

The first two characters can be translated as "will", "willpower", "determination", "volition", "intention", or "intent". But, it should be noted that this first part possess the element of "heart" in the lower portion of both characters (they also partially carry the meaning "with whole heart").

The last two characters mean "strong" or "staunch".

Chinese word order and grammar is a bit different than English, so in this case, they are in reverse order of English, but have the correct meaning in a natural form.


See Also...  Strong Willed | Discipline | Will-Power

Well-Disciplined / Orderly

Special Military Term
China yán zhěng
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When reading an account of some battles in China, I came across this Chinese word. As it turns out, it's only used in military circles to describe neat, orderly, and well-disciplined troops. Perhaps this is actually closer to the meaning I was taught while in the U.S. Marines.

The first character literally means stern, serious, strict, or severe (it can also mean "air tight" or "water tight".
The second character means exact, in good order, whole, complete, and orderly.
Together, these two characters multiply each other into a word that expresses the highest military level of discipline.


See Also...  Self-Control | Will-Power

Determination to Achieve / Will-Power

China yì zhì
Japan ishi
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This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese word means, "determination to achieve". It can also be translated as: will; willpower; determination; volition; intention; intent.

In Japanese, this can also be the given name Ishi.

Perseverance

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China
Japan see note
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This is the simplest way to express perseverance in Chinese and Korean Hanja.
This single-character version leaves a bit of mystery about what kind of perseverance you might want to convey.

In Korean, this is usually associated with "strength of character".

In Japanese, this character can be pronounced about a dozen different ways (so we have left out the Japanese pronunciation guide that normally appears above). In Japanese this Kanji would usually be translated "strong" (perhaps strong-willed).


See Also...  Tenacity | Fortitude | Strength | Undaunted

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.
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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
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Self-Discipline / Will-Power自律
自律
jiritsuzì lǜ
zi lv
tzu lü
zi4 lv4
zilv
Self-Restraint / Self-Control克己
克己 / 剋己
kokki
koki
kè jǐ
ke ji
k`o chi
ke4 ji3
keji
kochi
ko chi
Self-Improvement修养
修養
shuuyou / shuyo
shuyo / shuyo
xiū yǎng
xiu yang
hsiu yang
xiu1 yang3
xiuyang
Will-Power / Self-Control意志力
意志力
ishi ryoku
ishiryoku
yì zhì lì
yi zhi li
i chih li
yi4 zhi4 li4
yizhili
Self-Control自制
自制
jiseizì zhì
zi zhi
tzu chih
zi4 zhi4
zizhi
Self-Control自己抑制
抑制
jikoyokuseizì jǐ yì zhì
zi ji yi zhi
tzu chi i chih
zi4 ji3 yi4 zhi4
zijiyizhi
Perseverance / Will-Power毅力
毅力
n/ayì lì
yi li
i li
yi4 li4
yili
Discipline纪律
紀律
n/ajì lǜ
ji lv
chi lü
ji4 lv4
jilv
Discipline规律
規律
kiritsuguī
gui lu:
kuei lü
gui1 lu:4
guilu:
Discipline锻练
鍛練 / 鍛錬
tan ren
tanren
duàn liàn
duan lian
tuan lien
duan4 lian4
duanlian
Determination决心
決心
kesshin
keshin
jué xīn
jue xin
chüeh hsin
jue2 xin1
juexin
Discipline / Training / Tempering Character磨练
磨練 / 磨鍊 / 磨鍊
n/amó liàn
mo lian
mo lien
mo2 lian4
molian
Strong Hearted / Strong Willed意志坚强
意志堅強
n/ayì zhì jiān qiáng
yi zhi jian qiang
i chih chien ch`iang
yi4 zhi4 jian1 qiang2
yizhijianqiang
ichihchienchiang
i chih chien chiang
Well-Disciplined / Orderly严整
嚴整
n/ayán zhěng
yan zheng
yen cheng
yan2 zheng3
yanzheng
Determination to Achieve / Will-Power意志
意志
ishiyì zhì
yi zhi
i chih
yi4 zhi4
yizhi
Perseverance
see note
seenote
se note

yi
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yi4
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 "self-discipline" 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.

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