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  1. Self-Discipline / Will-Power
  2. Self-Restraint / Self-Control
  3. Self-Improvement
  4. Will-Power / Self-Control
  5. One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils
  6. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,...
  7. Discipline / Training / Tempering Character
  8. Discipline
  9. Control of Power
10. Determination
11. Strong / Powerful / Force
12. Psychic Energy
13. Self-Control
14. Strength / Vigor / Energy
15. Power / Strength
16. Strong Hearted / Strong Willed
17. Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient
18. Well-Disciplined / Orderly
19. Perseverance / Will-Power
20. Determination to Achieve / Will-Power
21. Power of Understanding and Wisdom
22. Girl Power / Woman Power
23. Perseverance


Self-Discipline / Will-Power

China zì lǜ
Japan jiritsu
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Self-Discipline / Will-Power

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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Self-Restraint / Self-Control

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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Self-Improvement

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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Will-Power / Self-Control

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.

One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils

China yī zhèng yā bǎi xié
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One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils

This ancient "One Justice Can Overpower a Hundred Evils" idiom and proverb is famous in China. But it has been around so long that its origins have long been forgotten.

It could be something that Confucius or one of his disciples said, but no one can say for sure.

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,
the Power of a Tiger.

China lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
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The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,<br>the Power of a Tiger.

This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone great health and success combined as a great compliment.

The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse, and the power and prestige of the tiger".

By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have these qualities. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.

Discipline / Training / Tempering Character

China mó liàn
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Discipline / Training / Tempering Character

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.

Discipline

China jì lǜ
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Discipline

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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Discipline

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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Discipline

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

Control of Power

Him Cho Chung
China lì cào zhèng
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Control of Power

This is a Korean martial arts title meaning, "Power Control".

It's most often cited as one of the 8 key concepts from Tang Soo Do.

This can be pronounced in Chinese, but will only be recognized by those familiar with martial arts terms.

Determination

China jué xīn
Japan kesshin
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Determination

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

Strong / Powerful / Force

China qiáng
Japan kyou
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Strong / Powerful / Force

This "strong" character means strength, force, powerful, better, stubborn, and stiff (yes, all of this in one character). This "strong" has less to do with physical strength and more to do with having a winning attitude, or just having the ability to win at something.

Note that most of the time, this character is pronounced "qiang", but when used with the meaning of stubborn, unyielding, or stiff, it is pronounced "jiang" in Chinese.

Also, sometimes "qiang" is used in modern Chinese to describe people that do crazy things (Example: Bicycling from Beijing to Tibet alone). I sometimes can be found outside my Beijing apartment wearing nothing but shorts and a tee-shirt while eating an ice cream during a snow storm, just to hear my neighbors call me "qiang". Maybe they mean "strong" but perhaps they are using the new meaning of "crazy strong".

Also a Korean Hanja with same meaning, but mostly used in compound words.

This is used in Japanese (though normally in compound words). In Japanese, it has the same meaning, but in some context can mean "a little more than..." or "a little over [some amount]". Most Japanese would read this as tough, strength, stiff, hard, inflexible, obstinate, or stubborn.

Psychic Energy

China tōng líng
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Psychic Energy

This is used to speak of something with supernatural essence, psychic power, or having magical power in Chinese.

Self-Control

China zì zhì
Japan jisei
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Self-Control

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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Self-Control

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

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.

Power / Strength

China
Japan chikara / ryoku
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Power / Strength

The simplest form of "power" or "strength".

In Japanese it is pronounced "chikara" when used alone, and "ryoku" when used in a sentence (there are also a few other possible pronunciations of this Kanji in Japanese).

In some context, this can mean ability, force, physical strength, capability, and influence.


See Also...  Strength | Vitality | Health

Strong Hearted / Strong Willed

China yì zhì jiān qiáng
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Strong Hearted / Strong Willed

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

Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient

China zì lì
Japan jiriki
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Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient

This is a word in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean, and Buddhist term meaning: power within oneself; self-sufficient; by oneself; self-made; self-power; inner ability.

Well-Disciplined / Orderly

Special Military Term
China yán zhěng
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Well-Disciplined / Orderly

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

Perseverance / Will-Power

China yì lì
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Perseverance / Will-Power

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".

Determination to Achieve / Will-Power

China yì zhì
Japan ishi
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Determination to Achieve / Will-Power

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.

Power of Understanding and Wisdom

China wù xìng
Japan gosei
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Power of Understanding and Wisdom

This means the power of understanding and insight in Chinese.

It is often associated with Neo-Confucianism. In that regard, it means to realize, perceive, or have the perception of man's true nature. It can also mean to find your soul, the soul of others, or the soul of the world. Some will translate this simply as the state of being "savvy".

In Japanese, this is often translated as wisdom and understanding.

Girl Power / Woman Power

China nǚ lì
Japan onna ryoku / me riki
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Girl Power / Woman Power

This can be read as "girl power", "woman power", or "female strength".

This is kind of a strange or unofficial title in Chinese and Japanese. At least, it's not common for a wall scroll.

This should be "onna ryoku" in Japanese, but I found some who suggest it should be "me riki".

Perseverance

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China
Japan see note
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Perseverance

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


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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.




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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
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
One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils一正压百邪
一正壓百邪
n/ayī zhèng yā bǎi xié
yi zheng ya bai xie
i cheng ya pai hsieh
yi1 zheng4 ya1 bai3 xie2
yizhengyabaixie
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse, the Power of a Tiger.龙马精神虎虎生威
龍馬精神虎虎生威
n/alóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
long ma jing shen hu hu sheng wei
lung ma ching shen hu hu sheng wei
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2 hu3 hu3 sheng1 wei1
Discipline / Training / Tempering Character磨练
磨練 / 磨鍊 / 磨鍊
n/amó liàn
mo lian
mo lien
mo2 lian4
molian
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
Control of Power力操正
力操正
n/alì cào zhèng
li cao zheng
li ts`ao cheng
li4 cao4 zheng4
licaozheng
litsaocheng
li tsao cheng
Determination决心
決心
kesshin
keshin
jué xīn
jue xin
chüeh hsin
jue2 xin1
juexin
Strong / Powerful / Force
kyou
kyo
qiáng
qiang
ch`iang
qiang2
chiang
chiang
Psychic Energy通灵
通靈
n/atōng líng
tong ling
t`ung ling
tong1 ling2
tongling
tungling
tung ling
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
Strength / Vigor / Energy气力 / 気力
氣力
kiryokuqì lì
qi li
ch`i li
qi4 li4
qili
chili
chi li
Power / Strength
chikara / ryoku
li
li4
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
Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient自力
自力
jirikizì lì
zi li
tzu li
zi4 li4
zili
Well-Disciplined / Orderly严整
嚴整
n/ayán zhěng
yan zheng
yen cheng
yan2 zheng3
yanzheng
Perseverance / Will-Power毅力
毅力
n/ayì lì
yi li
i li
yi4 li4
yili
Determination to Achieve / Will-Power意志
意志
ishiyì zhì
yi zhi
i chih
yi4 zhi4
yizhi
Power of Understanding and Wisdom悟性
悟性
goseiwù xìng
wu xing
wu hsing
wu4 xing4
wuxing
Girl Power / Woman Power女力
女力
onna ryoku / me riki
onnaryoku / meriki
nǚ lì
nv li
nü li
nv3 li4
nvli
Perseverance
see note
seenote
se note

yi
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yi4

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