More Sweat in Training - Less Bleeding in Battle - Chinese Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 32.4cm x 69.6cm  ≈  12¾" x 27½"

Silk/Brocade: 41.5cm x 125.9cm  ≈  16¼" x 49½"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 50.5cm  ≈  19¾"

More Sweat in Training - Less Bleeding in Battle - Chinese Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll


The More We Sweat in Training,
The Less We Bleed in Battle

Chinese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

There is more than one way to translate this ancient Chinese military proverb. Here are a few interpretations:

A drop of sweat spent in a drill is a drop of blood saved in war.

More practice will give one a better chance of success in real situation.

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.

I heard this many times when I was a U.S. Marine, but I had no idea at the time that it was actually an old Chinese proverb.

About the artist:

This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing. He's an older gentleman who has been involved with the art community of China, all of his life. Now in retirement, he creates calligraphy for us for sort of "hobby income".

About the materials and construction of this wall scroll:

The calligraphy was done using black Chinese ink on xuan paper (known incorrectly in the west as "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to our Wall Scroll Workshop where it was laminated to more sheets of xuan paper, and built into a beautiful silk brocade wall scroll. Except for the use of a lathe to turn the wooden knobs, this wall scroll is virutally 100% handmade from start to finish (even the paper is made by hand).