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I've noticed you are searching for "shorin-ryu". 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
  2. Shorin Ji Ryu
  3. Shorin-ryu Shidokan
  4. Goju Ryu
  5. Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu
  6. Eishin-Ryu
  7. Uechi-Ryu
  8. Wado-Ryu
  9. Shinkage-Ryu
10. Shuri-Ryu
11. Shotokan-Ryu
12. Shito-Ryu
13. Wado-Ryu Karate
14. Goju Ryu Karate-Do
15. Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do
16. Isshin-Ryu / Isshinryu
17. Isshin Ryu Karate Do
18. Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do
19. Shoshin-Ryu
20. Bushi-Ryu Jujutsu
21. Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu
22. Isshin-Kai / Isshinkai
23. Shaolin
24. Shaolin Temple
25. Wado-Kai
26. Wado-Kai Aikido
27. Shidokan
28. Six
29. Saifa


Shaolin Style
Japan shou rin ryuu
Shorin-Ryu Wall Scroll

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 Wall Scroll

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.

Shorin-ryu Shidokan

Japan sho rin ryu shi dou kan
Shorin-ryu Shidokan Wall Scroll

小林流志道館 is the Japanese title Shorin-ryu Shidōkan.

Goju Ryu

Japan gou juu ryuu
Goju Ryu Wall Scroll

剛柔流 is the title of the Goju-Ryu or Gōjū-Ryū school / style of Karate / Japanese martial arts.

Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu

Japan mu sou jiki den ei shin ryuu
Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Wall Scroll

無双直伝英信流 is the Japanese martial arts term, Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu (iaido style).

Sometimes the second Kanji is written as 雙 making the full title 無雙直傳英信流. Just let me know if you want the alternate second Kanji when you place your order.


Japan ei shin ryuu
Eishin-Ryu Wall Scroll

英信流 is the Japanese martial arts term, Eishin-ryu. This can also be pronounced Hidenobu-ryu. The direct meaning is something like, hero faith school (or school of heroic faith).


Japan ue chi ryuu
Uechi-Ryu Wall Scroll

上地流 is the short title of the Uechi-Ryu school of Okinawan karate. Uechi actually means "higher stages of practice" in a Buddhist context. Ryu means method or style in this context.


Style of Karate or Jujitsu
Japan wa dou ryuu
Wado-Ryu Wall Scroll

Wado-Ryu is a style of Karate or Jujutsu (Jujitsu).
Note: Many will argue as to whether this is a style of Karate or Jujutsu.

While some find Wado-Ryu similar to Shotokan Karate, enough differences exist in perspective and technique that it stands by itself.

Breaking down the characters into the proper Japanese Romaji, you have "wa dou ryuu" or "wa dō ryū." The meaning is roughly-translated as "Harmony Way Style" or "Peace Method Style." The first Kanji should probably be read as harmony, rather than peace in this case.

See Also:  Wado-Kai


Style of Japanese sword fighting
Japan shin kage ryuu
Shinkage-Ryu Wall Scroll

新陰流 is the title for "Shinkage-Ryu," and style of Japanese fencing or sword fighting.


Japan shu ri ryuu
Shuri-Ryu Wall Scroll

首裡流 is the title of Shuri-Ryu, a style of Karate established in the mid-1900s by Robert Trias in Arizona.


Martial arts term
Japan shou tou kan ryuu
Shotokan-Ryu Wall Scroll

松濤館流 is the Japanese martial arts title, Shotokan-Ryu.

松濤館流 is a style or school of karate.


China mì dōng liú
Japan shii tou ryuu
Shito-Ryu Wall Scroll

糸東流 is the title for Shito-Ryu.

Note that while this title can be pronounced in Chinese, it only makes complete sense in Japanese.

Wado-Ryu Karate

Japan wa dou ryuu kara te
Wado-Ryu Karate Wall Scroll

和道流空手 is the Japanese martial arts title, "Wado-Ryu Karate."

See Also:  Wado-Kai

Goju Ryu Karate-Do

Japan gou juu ryuu kara te dou
Goju Ryu Karate-Do Wall Scroll

剛柔流空手道 is the title of the Goju-Ryu Karate-Do school of martial arts.

Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do

Japan ue chi ryuu kara te dou
Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Wall Scroll

上地流空手道 is the title of the Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do school of Okinawan martial arts. Uechi actually means "higher stages of practice" in a Buddhist context.

Isshin-Ryu / Isshinryu

Japan i sshin ryuu
Isshin-Ryu / Isshinryu Wall Scroll

一心流 is the title for Isshin-Ryu Karate.

The literal meaning is "one heart method." You could also translate it as "unified hearts methods." It implies people doing things as if with one heart and mind.
The second Kanji can be defined as heart, mind, or the essence of your being. Clearly, there's a multitude of ways you can define this title in English.

See Also:  Isshin-Kai

Isshin Ryu Karate Do

Japan i sshin ryuu kara te dou
Isshin Ryu Karate Do Wall Scroll

一心流空手道 is the full title for Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do.

The literal meaning is "one heart method empty hand way."

There are also other ways you can translate this, but if you are looking for this title, you already know that.

This would make a great wall scroll for your dojo or private studio, if you study this form of Japanese (technically from Okinawa) Karate.

Because this is a specifically-Japanese title, I strongly recommend that you select our Japanese Master Calligrapher to create this artwork for you.

Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

China mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
Japan shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do Wall Scroll

糸東流氣目館空手道 is the title for Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do.
A school of Karate.

Note that while this title can be pronounced in Chinese, it only makes complete sense in Japanese.


Japan shou shin ryuu
Shoshin-Ryu Wall Scroll

初心流 is often translated in Japanese as "beginner’s mind style" or "beginner’s spirit method."

The first character means first, initial, primary, junior, beginning, or basic.

The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

The third character means style, method, or some will translate it as school.

Please note, there is more than one martial arts school that romanizes as Shoshin-Ryu.


Japan shou shin ryuu
Shoshin-Ryu Wall Scroll

This Japanese title means "right heart style" or "true mind method."

The first character means right, correct, greater, or true.

The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

The third character means style, method, or some will translate it as school.

Please note, there is more than one martial arts school that romanizes as Shoshin-Ryu.

Bushi-Ryu Jujutsu

Japan bu shi ryuu ju jutsu
Bushi-Ryu Jujutsu Wall Scroll

武士流柔術 is a special title added for a customer's specific school/style of Jujutsu. Please only order this if you are a member/practitioner of this style.

Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu

School of Japanese Martial Arts
Japan dai tou ryuu ai ki juu jutsu
Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu Wall Scroll

If you want this title, you probably already know the meaning.
If not, here's the Wikipedia entry: Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu.

Isshin-Kai / Isshinkai

Japan isshin kai
Isshin-Kai / Isshinkai Wall Scroll

一心会 / 一心會 is the Japanese martial arts title "Isshinkai" or "Isshin-Kai." It literally means "One Heart Association" or "Single-Heart Club." This title is often associated with Isshin-Ryu Aikido and Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do. This title is appropriate for the name for a dojo that teaches these styles.


Little Forest
China shǎo lín
Japan sho rin
Shaolin Wall Scroll

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 Wall Scroll

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.


Japan wa dou kai
Wado-Kai Wall Scroll

Wado-Kai is used as a title for styles of Karate and Aikido.

Breaking down the characters into the proper Japanese Romaji, you have "wa dou kai" or "wa dō kai." The meaning is roughly-translated as "Harmony Way Club" or "Peace Method Association." The first Kanji should probably be read as harmony, rather than peace in this case.

See Also:  Wado-Ryu

Wado-Kai Aikido

Japan wa dou kai ai ki do
Wado-Kai Aikido Wall Scroll

和道會合気道 is the title for Wado-Kai Aikido.

See Also:  Wado-Ryu


Japan shi dou kan
Shidokan Wall Scroll

志道館 is the Japanese title Shidōkan (sometimes pronounced Kokorozashi-do-kan).

志道館 is often associated with Shorin-ryu Shidokan (小林流志道館). Do not confuse this title with the newer 士道館 which is also romanized as Shidōkan.


The number six
China liù
Japan ryuu / roku / muu
Six Wall Scroll

六 / 陸 is the number 6 in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji. I have no idea why you would want this as a calligraphy wall scroll but hundreds of visitors search for this number.

In Japanese, this character can be pronounced several different ways depending on context. It can be ryu, roku, mu, and a few others when combined with other Kanji.

There's just one way to pronounce this in Chinese. Korean also has just one pronunciation.

Also written 陸 or 陆 as an anti-fraud banker's numeral.


Japan sai fa
Saifa Wall Scroll

砕破 is the title "Saifa" written in Japanese Kanji. This literally means "smash and tear." Like most styles of martial arts, Saifa has origins in China. It was Higashionna that brought Saifa to Okinawa.

Saifa is generally associated with Gōjū-ryū as a title for a kata.

Notes: While Saifa is often written as 砕破, it can also be written 碎破 (just a variation on the first Kanji). Sometimes written in Japanese Katakana as サイハ.

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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 少林流shou rin ryuu
sho rin ryu
Shorin Ji Ryu 少林寺流shou rin ji ryuu
sho rin ji ryu
Shorin-ryu Shidokan 小林流志道館sho rin ryu shi dou kan
sho rin ryu shi do kan
Goju Ryu 剛柔流
gou juu ryuu
go ju ryu
Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu 無双直伝英信流mu sou jiki den ei shin ryuu
mu so jiki den ei shin ryu
Eishin-Ryu 英信流ei shin ryuu
ei shin ryu
Uechi-Ryu 上地流ue chi ryuu
ue chi ryu
Wado-Ryu 和道流wa dou ryuu
wa do ryu
Shinkage-Ryu 新陰流shin kage ryuu
shin kage ryu
Shuri-Ryu 首裡流
shu ri ryuu
shu ri ryu
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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