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| 1. Self-Discipline / Will-Power
2. Self-Restraint / Self-Control
4. Will-Power / Self-Control
5. One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils
6. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,...
7. Discipline / Training / Tempering Character
9. Control of Power
11. Strong / Powerful / Force
12. Psychic Energy
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
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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).
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.
This is used to speak of something with supernatural essence, psychic power, or having magical power in Chinese.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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".
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).
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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.
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.
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
|Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Self-Discipline / Will-Power||自律|
|Self-Restraint / Self-Control||克己|
克己 / 剋己
|shuuyou / shuyo|
shuyo / shuyo
|Will-Power / Self-Control||意志力|
|yì zhì lì|
yi zhi li
i chih li
|yi4 zhi4 li4|
|One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils||一正压百邪|
|n/a||yī zhèng yā bǎi xié|
yi zheng ya bai xie
i cheng ya pai hsieh
|yi1 zheng4 ya1 bai3 xie2|
|The Spirit of the Dragon Horse, the Power of a Tiger.||龙马精神虎虎生威|
|n/a||lóng 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
鍛練 / 鍛錬
|Control of Power||力操正|
|n/a||lì cào zhèng|
li cao zheng
li ts`ao cheng
|li4 cao4 zheng4|
li tsao cheng
|Strong / Powerful / Force||强|
|jikoyokusei||zì jǐ yì zhì|
zi ji yi zhi
tzu chi i chih
|zi4 ji3 yi4 zhi4|
|Strength / Vigor / Energy||气力 / 気力|
|Power / Strength||力|
|chikara / ryoku||lì|
|Strong Hearted / Strong Willed||意志坚强|
|n/a||yì zhì jiān qiáng|
yi zhi jian qiang
i chih chien ch`iang
|yi4 zhi4 jian1 qiang2|
i chih chien chiang
|Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient||自力|
|Well-Disciplined / Orderly||严整|
|Perseverance / Will-Power||毅力|
|Determination to Achieve / Will-Power||意志|
|Power of Understanding and Wisdom||悟性|
|Girl Power / Woman Power||女力|
|onna ryoku / me riki|
onnaryoku / meriki
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