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I've noticed you are searching for "shorin". There is a lot of confusion about whether it should be 少林 or 小林. The original Chinese Shaolin is 少林 but somehow in Japanese, it became 小林 (both versions are pronounced "Shorin" in Japanese). It is hard to say which one is correct. If you want a different first character from the titles shown below, please let me know by putting a note in the "Special Instructions" tab when you customize your calligraphy artwork.

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  1. Shorin-ryu Shidokan
  2. Shorin-Ryu
  3. Shorin Ji Ryu
  4. Shaolin
  5. Shaolin Temple
  6. Shaolin Chuan / Shao Lin Quan
  7. Shaolin Kung Fu
  8. Shaolin Martial Arts
  9. Shaolin Chang Chuan
10. Shaolin Generational Poem


Shorin-ryu Shidokan

Japan sho rin ryu shi dou kan
Shorin-ryu Shidokan

This is the Japanese title Shorin-ryu Shidōkan.

Shorin-Ryu

Shaolin Style
Japan shou rin ryuu
Shorin-Ryu

少林流 is the Japanese martial arts title "Shorin-ryu."

Though the first part of the title comes from the Shaolin (small forest) monks of China.
In Japan, this refers to the Okinawa School of Karate.


小Note that often in Japanese, the first Kanji of this title was changed to the version shown to the right. If you prefer this version, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

Shorin Ji Ryu

Shaolin Temple Style
Japan shou rin ji ryuu
Shorin Ji Ryu

少林寺流 is the Japanese martial arts title "Shorin-ji-ryu."

Though the first part of the title comes from the Shaolin temple of China. In Japan, this refers to the Okinawa school of karate.

Note: Sometimes this title is written without the "ji" or "temple" Kanji.

Shaolin

Little Forest
China shǎo lín
Japan sho rin
Shaolin

The Shaolin monks of China have been practicing the art of Kung Fu for thousands of years. While there are many schools of Kung Fu in China, Shaolin are one of the more religiously devout and disciplined.

The title of Shaolin actually refers to a specific Buddhist monastery. It should be noted that the Shaolin were famous in China long before the Kung Fu TV show. Their fame in China is due to the monks' heroic and swift rescue an emperor during the Tang Dynasty. Most Chinese people are not keenly aware of the Kung Fu TV show, and have no idea who David Carradine is or anything about his character, Kwai Chang Caine.

Note: The literal meaning of these two characters is "little forest."

The fame of the Shaolin has spread all over Asia, as even though this is a Chinese title, the same characters are used in Japanese with the same meaning.

Shaolin Temple

China shào lín sì
Japan shou rin ji
Shaolin Temple

少林寺 is the full title of the Shaolin Temple.

This refers to the Buddhist monastery famous for its kung fu monks.

少林寺 is also known in Japanese where they use the same characters but romanize it as Shourinji or Shōrinji.

Some believe this monastery and temple represent the place where Bodhidharma sat with his face to a wall for nine years leading to his discovery of enlightenment and establishment of Buddhism.

Shaolin Chuan / Shao Lin Quan

China shǎo lín quán
Shaolin Chuan / Shao Lin Quan

少林拳 is the title of the martial art (style of Kung Fu) that is taught to the monks and students in the Shaolin Buddhist Monastery. The addition of Chuan or Quan which means fist is what signifies that you are talking about this school or form of martial arts.

Shaolin Kung Fu

China shǎo lín gōng fu
Japan sho rin kan fu
Shaolin Kung Fu

The Shaolin monks of China have been practicing the art of Kung Fu for thousands of years.

This is the full title, "Shao Lin Kung Fu."

Shaolin Martial Arts

China shǎo lín wǔ gōng
Shaolin Martial Arts

少林武功 is the title for "Shaolin Wu Gong" or "Shaolin martial arts."

Shaolin Chang Chuan

China shǎo lín cháng quán
Shaolin Chang Chuan

少林長拳 is a combination of two titles. The first two characters mean little forest, as in the little forest of the Shaolin monks (shao lin = little forest). The second two characters mean "long fist."

This title is specific to a certain technique - if you are studying Shaolin Chang Chuan, then you are already aware of all the ramifications.

Shaolin Generational Poem

China sōng shān shào lín sì cáo dòng zhèng zōng chuán xù qī shí zì bèi jué fú huì zhì zǐ jiào běn yuán kě wù zhōu hóng pǔ guǎng zōng dào qìng tóng xuán zǔ qīng jìng zhēn rú hǎi zhàn jì chún zhēn sù dé xíng yǒng yán héng miào tǐ cháng jiān gù xīn lǎng zhào yōu shēn xìng míng jiàn chóng zuò zhōng zhēng shàn xǐ xiáng jǐn zhì yuán jì dù xuě tíng wéi dǎo shī yǐn rǔ guī xuàn lù
Shaolin Generational Poem

This is a poem, including title, that celebrates the tactics and virtues of the Shaolin Kung Fu Monks for future generations.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Shorin-ryu Shidokan 小林流志道館sho rin ryu shi dou kan
shorinryushidoukan
sho rin ryu shi do kan
shorinryushidokan
Shorin-Ryu 少林流shou rin ryuu
shourinryuu
sho rin ryu
shorinryu
Shorin Ji Ryu 少林寺流shou rin ji ryuu
shourinjiryuu
sho rin ji ryu
shorinjiryu
Shaolin 少林sho rin / shorinshǎo lín / shao3 lin2 / shao lin / shaolin
Shaolin Temple 少林寺shou rin ji
shourinji
sho rin ji
shorinji
shào lín sì
shao4 lin2 si4
shao lin si
shaolinsi
shao lin ssu
shaolinssu
Shaolin Chuan
Shao Lin Quan
少林拳shǎo lín quán
shao3 lin2 quan2
shao lin quan
shaolinquan
shao lin ch`üan
shaolinchüan
shao lin chüan
Shaolin Kung Fu 少林功夫sho rin kan fu
shorinkanfu
shǎo lín gōng fu
shao3 lin2 gong1 fu
shao lin gong fu
shaolingongfu
shao lin kung fu
shaolinkungfu
Shaolin Martial Arts 少林武功shǎo lín wǔ gōng
shao3 lin2 wu3 gong1
shao lin wu gong
shaolinwugong
shao lin wu kung
shaolinwukung
Shaolin Chang Chuan 少林長拳
少林长拳
shǎo lín cháng quán
shao3 lin2 chang2 quan2
shao lin chang quan
shaolinchangquan
shao lin ch`ang ch`üan
shaolinchangchüan
shao lin chang chüan
Shaolin Generational Poem 嵩山少林寺曹洞正宗傳續七十字輩訣福慧智子覺了本圓可悟周洪普廣宗道慶同玄祖清靜真如海湛寂淳貞素德行永延恆妙體常堅固心朗照幽深性明鑒崇祚忠正善禧祥謹志原濟度雪庭為導師引汝歸鉉路
嵩山少林寺曹洞正宗传续七十字辈诀福慧智子觉了本圆可悟周洪普广宗道庆同玄祖清静真如海湛寂淳贞素德行永延恒妙体常坚固心朗照幽深性明鉴崇祚忠正善禧祥谨志原济度雪庭为导师引汝归铉路
sōng shān shào lín sì cáo dòng zhèng zōng chuán xù qī shí zì bèi jué fú huì zhì zǐ jiào běn yuán kě wù zhōu hóng pǔ guǎng zōng dào qìng tóng xuán zǔ qīng jìng zhēn rú hǎi zhàn jì chún zhēn sù dé xíng yǒng yán héng miào tǐ cháng jiān gù xīn lǎng zhào yōu shēn xìng míng jiàn chóng zuò zhōng zhēng shàn xǐ xiáng jǐn zhì yuán jì dù xuě tíng wéi dǎo shī yǐn rǔ guī xuàn lù
song1 shan1 shao4 lin2 si4 cao2 dong4 zheng4 zong1 chuan2 xu4 qi1 shi2 zi4 bei4 jue2 fu2 hui4 zhi4 zi3 jiao4 le5 ben3 yuan2 ke3 wu4 zhou1 hong2 pu3 guang3 zong1 dao4 qing4 tong2 xuan2 zu3 qing1 jing4 zhen1 ru2 hai3 zhan4 ji4 chun2 zhen1 su4 de2 xing2 yong
song shan shao lin si cao dong zheng zong chuan xu qi shi zi bei jue fu hui zhi zi jiao le ben yuan ke wu zhou hong pu guang zong dao qing tong xuan zu qing jing zhen ru hai zhan ji chun zhen su de xing yong
sung shan shao lin ssu ts`ao tung cheng tsung ch`uan hsü ch`i shih tzu pei chüeh fu hui chih tzu chiao le pen yüan k`o wu chou hung p`u kuang tsung tao ch`ing t`ung hsüan tsu ch`ing ching chen ju hai chan chi ch`un chen su te hsing yung
sung shan shao lin ssu tsao tung cheng tsung chuan hsü chi shih tzu pei chüeh fu hui chih tzu chiao le pen yüan ko wu chou hung pu kuang tsung tao ching tung hsüan tsu ching ching chen ju hai chan chi chun chen su te hsing yung
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