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Tai Chi in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Tai Chi / Tai Ji
  2. Tai Chi Chuan Dao...
  3. Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu
  4. Five Elements Tai Chi Fist
  5. Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan
  6. Life Energy / Spiritual Energy


Tai Chi / Tai Ji

China tài jí
Japan taikyoku
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<mark>Tai Chi</mark> / Tai Ji

This is the shortened title for Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Ji Quan that as sometimes used in Western countries. Basically just removing the last character which means fist. I don't recommend this two-character selection because it's not really a word without the third character in Japanese and Chinese.

Tai Chi Chuan Dao
Tai Ji Quan Dao

China tài jí quán dào
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<mark>Tai Chi</mark> Chuan Dao<br>Tai Ji Quan Dao

This is the common Tai Chi Chuan title with "Dao" (the Way) added to the end.

If you're not sure, I suggest the shorter titles such as "Tai Chi Chuan", or just "Tai Chi".

Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu

China tài jí yǒng chūn gōng fu
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<mark>Tai Chi</mark> Wing Chun Kung Fu

This is the title Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu. Please note that it can be romanized a variety of ways such as:
Tai Chi Ving Tsun Kung Fu
Tai Qi Yong Chun Gong Fu
Taai Gik Wing Ceon Gung Fu

Be sure this is the right title for what you are looking for before you order.

Five Elements Tai Chi Fist

China wǔ xíng tài jí quán
Japan go gyou tai kyoku ken
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Five Elements <mark>Tai Chi</mark> Fist

This is a certain school or style of Tai Chi (Taiji). The characters literally mean "Five Elements Tai Chi Fist".

Notes:
In Taiwan, it would be Romanized as "Wu Hsing Tai Chi Chuan" - see the standard Mandarin method above in the gray box (used in mainland China and the official Romanization used by the Library of Congress).

The last three characters are sometimes translated as "Grand Ultimate Fist", so the whole thing can be "Five Elements Grand Ultimate Fist" if you wish.

I have not confirmed use of this title in Korean, but if it is used, it's probably only by martial arts enthusiasts. The pronunciation is correct as shown above for Korean.

Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan

China tài jí quán
Japan tai kyoku ken
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<mark>Tai Chi</mark> Chuan / Tai Ji Quan

This is the famous Taoist meditation and martial art exercise. The direct translation of these characters would be something like "grand ultimate fist", but that does not quite hit the mark for what this title really means.

An early-morning walk through any city in China near a park or open area will yield a view of Chinese people practicing this ancient technique.

The typical scene is an old man of no less than 80 years on this earth, with a wispy white beard and perhaps a sword in one hand. He makes slow moves that are impossibly smooth. He is steady-footed, and always in balance. For him, time is meaningless and proper form and technique is far more important than speed.

For the younger generation, faster moves may look impressive and seem smooth to the casual observer. But far more discipline and mental strength is needed to create perfectly smooth moves in virtual slow motion.

Note: There are two ways to Romanize these Chinese characters as seen in the title above. The pronunciation and actual characters are the same in Chinese. If you really used English sounds/words to pronounce this, it would be something like "tie jee chew-on" (just make the "chew-on" as one flowing syllable).

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
China
Japan ki
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Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

This character is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in “life force” or “spiritual energy”. It is most often translated as “energy flow,” or literally as “air” or “breath”. Some people will simply translate this as “spirit”, but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

米The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice is shown to the right.

Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.

氣氣The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like one the symbols shown to the right.

氣However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical is shown to the right.

The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the “flow” of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.


気The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese, but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.

More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee”, but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.


See Also...  Energy | Life Force | Vitality | Life | Birth | Soul


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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
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Tai Chi / Tai Ji太极
太極
taikyokutài jí
tai ji
t`ai chi
tai4 ji2
taiji
taichi
tai chi
Tai Chi Chuan Dao
Tai Ji Quan Dao
太极拳道
太極拳道
n/atài jí quán dào
tai ji quan dao
t`ai chi ch`üan tao
tai4 ji2 quan2 dao4
taijiquandao
taichichüantao
tai chi chüan tao
Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu太极咏春功夫
太極詠春功夫
n/atài jí yǒng chūn gōng fu
tai ji yong chun gong fu
t`ai chi yung ch`un kung fu
tai4 ji2 yong3 chun1 gong1 fu
taijiyongchungongfu
taichiyungchunkungfu
tai chi yung chun kung fu
Five Elements Tai Chi Fist五行太极拳
五行太極拳
go gyou tai kyoku ken
gogyoutaikyokuken
go gyo tai kyoku ken
wǔ xíng tài jí quán
wu xing tai ji quan
wu hsing t`ai chi ch`üan
wu3 xing2 tai4 ji2 quan2
wuxingtaijiquan
wuhsingtaichichüan
wu hsing tai chi chüan
Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan太极拳
太極拳
tai kyoku ken
taikyokuken
tài jí quán
tai ji quan
t`ai chi ch`üan
tai4 ji2 quan2
taijiquan
taichichüan
tai chi chüan
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy气 / 気
ki
qi
ch`i
qi4
chi
chi

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