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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 / 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<br>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.

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

Perseverance / Will-Power

China yì lì
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Perseverance<br>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."

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

Determination

China jué xīn
Japan kesshin
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Determination

This Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word holds the dictionary definition of "determination" but literally means, "determined heart."

The first character 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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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.

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

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

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.

Perseverance

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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

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.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Self-Discipline / Will-Power 自律jiritsuzì lǜ / zi4 lv4 / zi lv / zilv tzu lü / tzulü
Self-Restraint / Self-Control 克己 / 剋己
克己
kokki / kokikè jǐ / ke4 ji3 / ke ji / keji k`o chi / kochi / ko chi
Self-Improvement 修養
修养
shuuyou / shuyo
shuyo / shuyo
shuyo/shuyo
xiū yǎng / xiu1 yang3 / xiu yang / xiuyang hsiu yang / hsiuyang
Will-Power / Self-Control 意志力ishi ryoku / ishiryokuyì zhì lì
yi4 zhi4 li4
yi zhi li
yizhili
i chih li
ichihli
Self-Control 自制jiseizì zhì / zi4 zhi4 / zi zhi / zizhi tzu chih / tzuchih
Self-Control 抑制
自己抑制
jikoyokuseizì jǐ yì zhì
zi4 ji3 yi4 zhi4
zi ji yi zhi
zijiyizhi
tzu chi i chih
tzuchiichih
Perseverance / Will-Power 毅力yì lì / yi4 li4 / yi li / yili i li / ili
Discipline 紀律
纪律
jì lǜ / ji4 lv4 / ji lv / jilv chi lü / chilü
Discipline 規律
规律
kiritsuguī / gui1 lu:4 / gui lu: / guilu: kuei lü / kueilü
Discipline 鍛練 / 鍛錬
锻练
tan ren / tanrenduàn liàn
duan4 lian4
duan lian
duanlian
tuan lien
tuanlien
Determination 決心
决心
kesshin / keshinjué xīn / jue2 xin1 / jue xin / juexin chüeh hsin / chüehhsin
Discipline / Training / Tempering Character 磨練 / 磨鍊 / 磨鍊
磨练
mó liàn / mo2 lian4 / mo lian / molian mo lien / molien
Strong Hearted / Strong Willed 意志堅強
意志坚强
yì zhì jiān qiáng
yi4 zhi4 jian1 qiang2
yi zhi jian qiang
yizhijianqiang
i chih chien ch`iang
ichihchienchiang
i chih chien chiang
Well-Disciplined / Orderly 嚴整
严整
yán zhěng
yan2 zheng3
yan zheng
yanzheng
yen cheng
yencheng
Determination to Achieve / Will-Power 意志ishiyì zhì / yi4 zhi4 / yi zhi / yizhi i chih / ichih
Perseverance see note / seenote / se note / senoteyì / yi4 / yi i
Strength / Vigor / Energy 氣力
气力 / 気力
kiryokuqì lì / qi4 li4 / qi li / qili ch`i li / chili / chi li

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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