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  1. Pine

  2. Jimson

  3. Pine Forest / Matsubayashi

  4. Relax

  5. Squirrel

  6. Ascension

  7. Corazon

  8. Nixon

  9. Shotokan

10. Ericson

11. Gin

12. Shotokan-Ryu

13. Presentacion

14. Shotokan Karate-Do

15. Shotokan Aikido

16. Wing Chun Fist Maxims


Pine or Fir Trees
China sōng
Japan matsu
Pine Vertical Wall Scroll

If you love pine trees or pine forests, this character is for you. Also used to refer to fir trees.

鬆Sometimes you'll see a complex alternate version of this character. The meaning is still primarily pine but it can also have other meanings. If you want this special version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.

枩There's another rare alternate version of this character as shown to the right. In this case, the character's radicals are arranged vertically instead of horizontally.


China jí sōng
Jimson Vertical Wall Scroll

吉鬆 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Jimson.

Pine Forest / Matsubayashi

Japan matsubayashi
Pine Forest / Matsubayashi Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese, Chinese, and Korean word means pine forest.

Also a Japanese surname that romanizes as Matsubayashi or Shourin.


Chill Out
China fàng sōng
Relax Vertical Wall Scroll

放鬆 means to relax in Chinese.

In most cases it's used to suggest that a person "relax," "hang loose" or "chill out."

In context where this word is not applied to a human, it can mean to loosen, as in to loosen a knot in a rope.


China sōng shǔ
Squirrel Vertical Wall Scroll

松鼠 is the common Chinese word for squirrel.


China ā sōng sēn
Ascension Vertical Wall Scroll

阿鬆森 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Ascensión


China kē lā sōng
Corazon Vertical Wall Scroll

科拉鬆 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Corazon.


China ní kè sōng
Nixon Vertical Wall Scroll

尼克松 is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Nixon.


China sōng tāo guǎn
Japan shou tou kan
Shotokan Vertical Wall Scroll

These Kanji characters make up the title for Shotokan.

This should be considered a Japanese-only title. It does make sense and is pronounceable in Chinese and Korean but only as a title for a building (perhaps a martial arts hall) surrounded by pine trees. Also, the first two characters were simplified in both Japanese and Chinese. The third character was simplified in Chinese but not Japanese.

Upon request, we can offer the fully traditional Chinese version but be sure you know what you are asking for.

Note: This would be understood in Chinese and Korean Hanja by a person from those cultures who is familiar with martial arts and various schools of Japanese karate.


China āi lǐ kè sōng
Ericson Vertical Wall Scroll

埃里克鬆 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Ericson.


China dù sōng zǐ jiǔ
Gin Vertical Wall Scroll

杜松子酒 is the full Chinese name for the alcohol known as gin.

If you like this juniper-berry-based liquor, this could be the title for you. Don't skimp on the vermouth!


Martial arts term
Japan shou tou kan ryuu
Shotokan-Ryu Vertical 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 pǔ léi sēn tǎ sōng
Presentacion Vertical Wall Scroll

普雷森塔鬆 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Presentacion

Shotokan Karate-Do

China sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
Japan shou tou kan kara te dou
Shotokan Karate-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

These Japanese Kanji make up the title for Shotokan Karate.

This should be considered a Japanese-only title. It does make sense and is pronounceable in Chinese and Korean but only as a title for a building (perhaps a martial arts hall) surrounded by pine trees - followed by the characters for "The empty hand method" (kong shou dao / Karate-do). Also, the first two characters were simplified in both Japanese and Chinese. The third character was simplified in Chinese but not Japanese.

Upon request, we can offer the fully traditional Chinese version but be sure you know what you are asking for.

Note: This would be understood in Chinese and Korean Hanja by a person from those cultures who is familiar with martial arts and various schools of Japanese karate.

Shotokan Aikido

China sōng tāo guǎn hé qì dào
Japan shou tou kan ai ki dou
Shotokan Aikido Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the title for Shotokan Aikido in Japanese.

Note: Chinese and Korean pronunciations of these characters are included above, however, this title would only be understood in Chinese or Korean by someone who practices or is familiar with Shotokan Aikido. Please consider this title to be "Japanese only."

See Also:  Martial Arts | Hapkido

Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 1)

Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 1) Vertical Wall Scroll

A customer asked me to split these Wing Chun maxims into two parts, so he could order a couplet. It thought this was a good idea, so it's been added here.

Chinese text of part 1:
1 有手黐手,無手問手
2 來留區送, 甩手直沖
3 怕打終歸打, 貪打終被打
4 粘連迫攻, 絕不放鬆
5 來力瀉力, 借力出擊

A couplet is a set of two wall scrolls that start and finish one phrase or idea. Often, couplets are hung with the first wall scroll on the right side, and the second on the left side of a doorway or entrance. The order in Chinese is right-to-left, so that's why the first wall scroll goes on the right as you face the door.

Of course, couplets can also be hung together on a wall. Often they can be hung to flank an alter, or table with incense, or even flanking a larger central wall scroll. See an example here from the home of Confucius

Be sure to order both part 1 and 2 together. One without the other is like Eve without Adam.

Wing Chun Fist Maxims

Wing Chun Kuen Kuit
Wing Chun Fist Maxims Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the chant or poem of Wing Chun. I call it a "chant" because it was meant to be a somewhat rhythmic poem to help practitioners memorize many aspects of Wing Chun.

You will see this referred to as, "Wing Chun Kuem Kuit." This Cantonese romanization is popular in the west (and there is no official way to romanize Cantonese, so many variations exist). In Mandarin it would be, "Yong Chun Quan Jue." The last character (kuit or kyut from Cantonese, jue or chüeh from Mandarin) kind of means "secrets of the art." It's a short way to write 口訣, meaning "mnemonic chant" or "rhyme for remembering."

In the west (especially in the military), we often use acronyms to remember things. There's no initials to make acronyms in Chinese, so in ancient times, chants like this are used to remember vast amounts of information.

This is the Chinese text:
1 有手黐手,無手問手
2 來留區送, 甩手直沖
3 怕打終歸打, 貪打終被打
4 粘連迫攻, 絕不放鬆
5 來力瀉力, 借力出擊
6 步步追形, 點點朝午
7 以形補手, 敗形不敗馬
8 腰馬一致, 心意合一
9 拳由心發, 動法無形
10 活人練活死功夫

I will presume you already know the meaning of the 10 maxims, so I will skip that to keep this calligraphy entry from getting too large.

Some think 练拳者必记 is the title but that just says, "Training fist people should remember:." Therefore, I've not included that in the calligraphy. However, you can put a note in the special instructions if you want it added.

Note: On a traditional calligraphy wall scroll, the characters will be written in vertical columns, starting from the right, and proceeding left.

Note: This is an except and variation from a huge 口訣. These 10 maxims are used extensively in Wing Chun training, and you'll find them all over the internet. Just know there is a much longer version out there, along with several variations and excepts like this one. If you know of, or want a different version, just contact me, and I will add it for you.

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin sōng / song1
Taiwan sung
Japanese matsu(p);matsu / まつ(P);マツ
Wing Chun Fist Maxims Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese pine; CL:棵[ke1]; surname Song
Japanese (1) pine tree (Pinus spp.); (2) (See 梅・うめ・2,竹・たけ・2) highest (of a three-tier ranking system); (personal name) Yoshiaki; (surname) Matsuyanagi; (personal name) Matsumune; (personal name) Matsumine; (surname) Matsutaka; (personal name) Matsusue; (surname) Matsuzaki; (surname) Matsusaki; (surname, female given name) Matsu; (personal name) Shousuke; (personal name) Katsumasa; (personal name) Katsuhisa; (personal name) Katsuhata; (personal name) Katsunuma; (personal name) Katsusuke; (personal name) Katsu

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Mandarin sōng / song1
Taiwan sung
Japanese su / す
Chinese loose; to loosen; to relax
Japanese (1) (kana only) cavity (in old root vegetables, tofu, metal casting, etc.); pore; hollow; bubble; blowhole; (can be adjective with の) (2) (kana only) porous; pithy; spongy



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Mandarin fàng sōng / fang4 song1
Taiwan fang sung
Chinese to loosen; to relax


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Japanese matsubayashi / まつばやし
Wing Chun Fist Maxims Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese pine forest; (place-name, surname) Matsubayashi; (surname) Matsuhayashi; (place-name, surname) Shourin


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Mandarin sōng shǔ / song1 shu3
Taiwan sung shu
Wing Chun Fist Maxims Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese squirrel


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Mandarin ní kè sōng / ni2 ke4 song1
Taiwan ni k`o sung / ni ko sung
Wing Chun Fist Maxims Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Richard Nixon (1913-1994), US president 1969-1974; surname Nixon


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Mandarin dù sōng zǐ jiǔ / du4 song1 zi3 jiu3
Taiwan tu sung tzu chiu
Wing Chun Fist Maxims Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese gin


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Japanese shoutoukanryuu / shotokanryu / しょうとうかんりゅう
Wing Chun Fist Maxims Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (martial arts term) Shotokan (style of karate)


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Japanese koshou / kosho / こしょう Japanese (obscure) (See 老松) old pine; (surname) Furumatsu; (surname) Komatsu


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Japanese karamatsu / からまつ Japanese (kana only) (Japanese) larch (Larix leptolepis, Larix kaempferi); (place-name) Toumatsu; (place-name, surname) Karamatsu



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Mandarin zuǐ sōng / zui3 song1
Taiwan tsui sung
Chinese loose-tongued


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Mandarin sù sōng / su4 song1
Taiwan su sung
Japanese shukumatsu / しゅくまつ
Chinese Susong county in Anqing 安慶|安庆[An1 qing4], Anhui
Japanese (surname) Shukumatsu



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Mandarin kuān sōng / kuan1 song1
Taiwan k`uan sung / kuan sung
Chinese to relax (policy); relaxed


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Japanese komatsu / こまつ Japanese small pine; young pine; (surname) Hide; (surname) Komatsuzaki; (surname) Komatsusaki; (p,s,f) Komatsu; (surname) Komazaki; (surname) Komasa; (surname) Omatsuzaki


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Japanese kyoshou / kyosho / きょしょう Japanese (obscure) big pine tree; (given name) Kyoshou


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Mandarin bā sōng / ba1 song1
Taiwan pa sung
Chinese bassoon (loanword)


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Japanese ichimatsu / いちまつ Japanese (1) (abbreviation) (See 市松模様) check (pattern); (2) (abbreviation) (See 市松人形) ichimatsu doll; (surname, given name) Ichimatsu



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Mandarin xīng sōng / xing1 song1
Taiwan hsing sung
Chinese variant of 惺忪[xing1 song1]



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Mandarin shǒu sōng / shou3 song1
Taiwan shou sung
Chinese liberal with one's money; free-spending



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Mandarin fǔ sōng / fu3 song1
Taiwan fu sung
Japanese bushou / busho / ぶしょう
Chinese Fusong county in Baishan 白山, Jilin
Japanese (given name) Bushou


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Mandarin qǔ sōng / qu3 song1
Taiwan ch`ü sung / chü sung
Japanese magarimatsu / まがりまつ
Chinese Qusum county, Tibetan: Chu gsum rdzong, in Lhokha prefecture 山南地區|山南地区[Shan1 nan2 di4 qu1], Tibet
Japanese (place-name) Magarimatsu


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Japanese nezu;nezu / ねず;ネズ Japanese (kana only) temple juniper (Juniperus rigida); needle juniper; (personal name) Morimatsu


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Mandarin sōng xià / song1 xia4
Taiwan sung hsia
Japanese matsumoto / まつもと    matsushita / まつした
Chinese Matsushita (name); Panasonic (brand), abbr. for 下電器|下电器[Song1 xia4 Dian4 qi4]
Japanese (surname) Matsumoto; (place-name, surname) Matsushita


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Mandarin sōng jǐng / song1 jing3
Taiwan sung ching
Japanese matsue / まつえ    matsui / まつい
Chinese Matsui (Japanese surname)
Japanese (personal name) Matsue; (p,s,f) Matsui


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Mandarin sōng rén / song1 ren2
Taiwan sung jen
Japanese matsuni / まつに
Chinese pine nuts
Japanese (surname) Matsuni


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Mandarin sōng běi / song1 bei3
Taiwan sung pei
Japanese matsukita / まつきた
Chinese Songbei district of Harbin 哈爾濱|哈尔滨[Ha1 er3 bin1] in Heilongjiang
Japanese (surname) Matsukita


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Mandarin sōng yuán / song1 yuan2
Taiwan sung yüan
Japanese matsubara / まつばら
Chinese Songyuan prefecture level city in Jilin province 吉林省 in northeast China
Japanese pine grove; (place-name, surname) Matsuwara; (place-name, surname) Matsubara; (place-name, surname) Matsuhara; (surname) Machibara


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Japanese matsuhodo;matsuhodo / まつほど;マツホド Japanese (kana only) (archaism) (See 茯苓) Poria cocos (species of basidiomycete used in Chinese medicine)


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Mandarin sōng zǐ / song1 zi3
Taiwan sung tzu
Japanese matsuko / まつこ    sonjiya / そんじや    shoushi / shoshi / しょうし    shouko / shoko / しょうこ
Chinese pine nut
Japanese (p,s,f) Matsuko; (personal name) Sonjiya; (female given name) Shoushi; (female given name) Shouko


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Mandarin sōng wěi / song1 wei3
Taiwan sung wei
Japanese matsunoo / まつのお    matsuo / まつお
Chinese Matsuo (Japanese surname and place name)
Japanese (surname) Matsunoo; (place-name, surname) Matsuo

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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
matsusōng / song1 / songsung
jí sōng / ji2 song1 / ji song / jisongchi sung / chisung
Pine Forest
fàng sōng
fang4 song1
fang song
fang sung
Squirrel松鼠sōng shǔ / song1 shu3 / song shu / songshusung shu / sungshu
ā sōng sēn
a1 song1 sen1
a song sen
a sung sen
kē lā sōng
ke1 la1 song1
ke la song
k`o la sung
ko la sung
Nixon尼克松ní kè sōng
ni2 ke4 song1
ni ke song
ni k`o sung
ni ko sung
shou tou kan
sho to kan
sōng tāo guǎn
song1 tao1 guan3
song tao guan
sung t`ao kuan
sung tao kuan
āi lǐ kè sōng
ai1 li3 ke4 song1
ai li ke song
ai li k`o sung
ai li ko sung
Gin杜松子酒dù sōng zǐ jiǔ
du4 song1 zi3 jiu3
du song zi jiu
tu sung tzu chiu
Shotokan-Ryu松濤館流shou tou kan ryuu
sho to kan ryu
pǔ léi sēn tǎ sōng
pu3 lei2 sen1 ta3 song1
pu lei sen ta song
p`u lei sen t`a sung
pu lei sen ta sung
Shotokan Karate-Do鬆濤館空手道
shou tou kan kara te dou
sho to kan kara te do
sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
song1 tao1 guan3 kong1 shou3 dao4
song tao guan kong shou dao
sung t`ao kuan k`ung shou tao
sung tao kuan kung shou tao
Shotokan Aikido鬆濤館合氣道 (Old Japanese/Chinese)
松涛館合気道 (Modern Japanese)
shou tou kan ai ki dou
sho to kan ai ki do
sōng tāo guǎn hé qì dào
song1 tao1 guan3 he2 qi4 dao4
song tao guan he qi dao
sung t`ao kuan ho ch`i tao
sung tao kuan ho chi tao
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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