Custom "Push Or Knock" - "Consider Your Words" Chinese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

We have many options to create artwork with Push Or Knock characters on a wall scroll or portrait...

Merge / Unify

dǎ chéng yī piàn
tajou ippen
Merge / Unify Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese proverb means, "to merge", "to integrate", "to become as one", "to unify together", "to knock all into one", or "to bring things together or into order".

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Always rising after a fall or repeated failures

shichi ten hakki / nana korobi ya oki
Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight Scroll

This Japanese proverb relays the vicissitudes of life, with the meaning "seven times down eight times up".

Some would more naturally translate it into English as "Always rising after a fall or repeated failures" or compare it to the English, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again".

The first Kanji is literally "7". The second means "fall down" (sometimes this Kanji means "turn around", "revolve" or "turn over" but in this case, it holds the meaning of "fall"). The third is "8". And the last is "get up", "rouse", or "rise".

Basically, if you fail 7 times, you should recover from those events and be prepared to rise an 8th time. This also applies if it is the world or circumstances that knock you down seven times...
...just remember that you have the ability to bounce back from any kind of adversity.

Note: This can be pronounced two ways. One is "shichi ten hakki" or "shichitenhakki". The other is "nana korobi ya oki" also written, "nanakorobi-yaoki".

Special Note: The second character is a Kanji that is not used in China. Therefore, please select a Japanese calligrapher for this title.

Push or Knock

To weigh one's words

fǎn fù tuī qiāo
Push or Knock Scroll

During the Tang Dynasty, a man named Jia Dao (born in the year 779), a well studied scholar and poet, went to the capital to take the imperial examination.

One day as he rides a donkey through the city streets, a poem begins to form in his mind. A portion of the poem comes into his head like this:

"The bird sits on the tree branch near a pond,
A monk approaches and knocks at the gate..".

At the same time, he wondered if the word "push" would be better than "knock" in his poem.

As he rides down the street, he imagines the monk pushing or knocking. Soon he finds himself making motions of pushing, and shaking a fist in a knocking motion as he debates which word to use. He is quite a sight as he makes his way down the street on his donkey with hands and fists flying about as the internal debate continues.

As he amuses people along the street, he becomes completely lost in his thoughts and does not see the mayor's procession coming in the opposite direction. Jia Bao is blocking the way for the procession to continue down the road, and the mayor's guards immediately decide to remove Jia Bao by force. Jia Bao, not realizing that he was in the way, apologizes, explains his poetic dilemma, and awaits his punishment for blocking the mayor's way.

The mayor, Han Yu, a scholar and author of prose himself, finds himself intrigued by Jia Dao's poem and problem. Han Yu gets off his horse, and addresses Jia Bao, stating, "I think knock is better". The relieved Jia Bao raises his head, and is invited by the mayor to join the procession, and are seen riding off together down the street exchanging their ideas and love of poetry.

In modern Chinese, this idiom is used when someone is trying to decide which word to use in their writing or when struggling to decide between two things when neither seems to have a downside.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
打成一片tajou ippen
tajo ipen
dǎ chéng yī piàn
da3 cheng2 yi1 pian4
da cheng yi pian
ta ch`eng i p`ien
ta cheng i pien
Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight七転八起shichi ten hakki / nana korobi ya oki
shichi ten haki / nana korobi ya oki
Push or Knock反復推敲
fǎn fù tuī qiāo
fan3 fu4 tui1 qiao1
fan fu tui qiao
fan fu t`ui ch`iao
fan fu tui chiao
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.

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.

Synonyms of knock ?
Chinese New Year. 2007 Calendar. Infoplease Tools. Distance Calculator ... usage: deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room"...

WordWeb Online Lookup
Verb: knock nók. Deliver a sharp blow or push "He knocked the glass clear across the room" ... "knock on the door" Knock against with force or violence - bump...

The iPod Clone Wars: mini, shuffle knock-offs at Computex
A lot of the products they push out is becoming as good if not ... saying make what these Taiwanese or Chinese knock-off makers do any more legitimate.

knock | English | Dictionary & Translation by Babylon
...for knock, Thesaurus and Translations of knock to English, Chinese, French, ... deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room"...

Chinese Perspective on poetry of Hopkins
...could not decide which to choose, "push" or "knock at", when a famous poet Han ... been the set-phrase "tuiqiao" (push or knock at), meaning "weigh" "deliberate"...

Online Etymology Dictionary
1804 (n.), from Chinese k'o-t'ou custom of touching the ground with the forehead ... from PIE *steup- "to push, stick, knock, beat," with derivations referring to...

Chinese Company Copies Power Mac G4 Design || The Mac Observer
...could be an issue, however, if a Chinese company began selling an iPod knock-off.
... not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple...

Taiwan sounds alarm on Chinese missiles - Breaking News - World - Breaking News
...on January 11 to knock out an ageing Chinese weather satellite by crashing into it.
... once in a while to push the budget," said Wendell Minnick, Asia...

"Dareway" Segway knock-off for kids - Engadget
or you could get a better-looking ZAPPY3: ... Palm pushes Direct Push to Palm OS ... It begins: black market Vista copies already on Chinese shelves (57)...

GoodLink brings push email to Moto Q - Engadget Mobile
...300, although customers will be able to knock $100 off that if they sign up for a two year plan.
... Engadget Simplified Chinese. AOL | Yahoo. Engadget...

"Dareway" Segway knock-off for kids - Engadget
Palm pushes Direct Push to Palm OS ... It begins: black market Vista copies already on Chinese shelves (57) ... Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines...

Knock Detection - Thor Racing (Japanese Performance Car Tuning)
(The semantics of knock, pre-ignition, or detonation can be argued among ... in the cylinder so that it will push the piston down with the most force.

knock | English | Dictionary & Translation by Babylon Portuguese | knock in German | knock in Russian | knock in Japanese | knock ... deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room"...

Mutantfrog Travelogue " Blog Archive " Yakuza Push Back as Rigged Boxing Match Makes Waves in the Japanese ...
Adam Richards "can knock people out" ... the boxing industry and/or Dentsu to get Japanese people interested in the sport...

The iPod Clone Wars: mini, shuffle knock-offs at Computex
...the same thing about the Koreans in the 80s, and the Japanese in the 50s and 60s.
... A lot of the products they push out is becoming as good if not better than a...

WordWeb Online Lookup
Verb: knock nók. Deliver a sharp blow or push "He knocked the glass clear across the room" ... "knock on the door" Knock against with force or violence - bump...

Core...The Yellow Peril
When push came to shove, however, even-handedness proved difficult if not ... graphics-to a gallery of Japanese leaders wielding blood-stained swords, or...

EastSouthWestNorth: That Japanese History Textbook, 2001 vs. 2005
...Chiang Kai-shek's policy was to knock down the Communist forces inside China ... Saigon became a important military position for the southern push of Japan.