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道天地將法 is a list of five key points to analyzing your situation from the first chapter of Sun Tzu's Art of War.
This reads like a 5-part military proverb. Sun Tzu says that to sharpen your skills, you must plan. To plan well, you must know your situation. Therefore, you must consider and discuss the following:
1. Philosophy and Politics: Make sure your way or your policy is agreeable among all of your troops (and the citizens of your kingdom as well). For when your soldiers believe in you and your way, they will follow you to their deaths without hesitation and will not question your orders.
2. Heaven/Sky: Consider climate / weather. This can also mean considering whether God is smiling upon you. In the modern military, this could be waiting for clear skies so that you can have air support for an amphibious landing.
3. Ground/Earth: Consider the terrain in which the battle will take place. This includes analyzing defensible positions, and exit routes, while using varying elevations to your advantage. When you plan an ambush, you must know your terrain and the best location from which to stage that ambush. This knowledge will also help you avoid being ambushed, as you will know where the likely places in which to expect an ambush from your enemy.
4. Leadership: This applies to you as the general and your lieutenants. A leader should be smart and be able to develop good strategies. Leaders should keep their word, and if they break a promise, they should punish themselves as harshly as they would punish subordinates. Leaders should be benevolent to their troops, with almost a fatherly love for them. Leaders must have the ability to make brave and fast decisions. Leaders must have steadfast principles.
5. [Military] Methods: This can also mean laws, rules, principles, models, or systems. You must have an efficient organization in place to manage both your troops and supplies. In the modern military, this would be a combination of how your unit is organized and your SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).
Notes: This is a simplistic translation and explanation. Much more is suggested in the actual text of the Art of War (Bing Fa). It would take a lot of study to master all of these aspects. In fact, these five characters can be compared to the modern military acronyms such as BAMCIS or SMEAC.
CJK notes: I have included the Japanese and Korean pronunciations but in Chinese, Korean and Japanese, this does not make a typical phrase (with subject, verb, and object) it is a list that only someone familiar with Sun Tzu’s writings would understand.
military strategy, tactics, and procedure
孫子兵法 is the full title of the most famous book of military proverbs about warfare.
The English title is “Sun Tzu's The Art of War.”
The last two characters have come to be known in the west as “The Art of War,” but a better translation would be “military strategy and tactics,” “military skills” or “army procedures.”
Note: Sometimes the author's name is Romanized as “Sun Zi” or “Sunzi.”
It's written the same in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your art of war search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition
More info & calligraphy:Warrior Essence / Warrior Spirit / Martial
(1) (archaism) the art of war; martial arts; military arts; (2) military force; the sword; (3) valor; bravery; (4) military officer; military man; (surname) Tokubu
| bīng fǎ
heihou; hyouhou / heho; hyoho
art of war; military strategy and tactics
More info & calligraphy:Art of War
art of war; strategy; tactics; (surname) Heihou
| sūn zǐ bīng fǎ
sun1 zi3 bing1 fa3
sun tzu ping fa
“Art of War”, one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1], written by Sun Tzu 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3]
More info & calligraphy:Sun Tzu - Art of War
| zhī bǐ zhī jǐ
zhi1 bi3 zhi1 ji3
chih pi chih chi
to know the enemy and know oneself (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War")
More info & calligraphy:Know Thy Enemy, Know Thyself
| bīng shū
heisho / hesho
a book on the art of war
book on military science
| heijutsu / hejutsu
the art of war; strategy; tactics
| sūn wǔ
Sun Wu, also known as Sun Tzu 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3] (c. 500 BC, dates of birth and death uncertain), general, strategist and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period (700-475 BC), believed to be the author of the “Art of War” 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3], one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1]
(person) Sun Tzu (Chinese general and strategist, 544-496 BCE)
| sī mǎ fǎ
si1 ma3 fa3
ssu ma fa
“Methods of Sima”, also called “Sima Rangju’s Art of War”, one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1], written by Sima Rangju 司馬穰苴|司马穰苴[Si1 ma3 Rang2 ju1]
| sūn wǔ zǐ
sun1 wu3 zi3
sun wu tzu
Sun Wu, famous general, strategist and Legalist philosopher, contemporary with Confucius 孔子[Kong3 zi3] (551-479 BC), author of "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3], also known as Sun Tzu 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3]
| liù tāo sān lüè
liu4 tao1 san1 lu:e4
liu t`ao san lu:e
liu tao san lu:e
rikutousanryaku / rikutosanryaku
"Six Secret Strategic Teachings" 六韜|六韬[Liu4 tao1] and "Three Strategies of Huang Shigong" 三略[San1 lu:e4], two of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1], attributed to Jiang Ziya 姜子牙[Jiang1 Zi3 ya2]
(1) (yoji) The Six Secret Teachings and The Three Strategies of Huang Shigong (two ancient Chinese military treatises); (2) (yoji) secrets (of the art of war, etc.); mysteries
| sūn bìn bīng fǎ
sun1 bin4 bing1 fa3
sun pin ping fa
Sun Bin's "The Art of War"
| wǔ jīng qī shū
wu3 jing1 qi1 shu1
wu ching ch`i shu
wu ching chi shu
Seven Military Classics of ancient China viz "Six Secret Strategic Teachings" 六韜|六韬[Liu4 tao1], "Methods of Sima" 司馬法|司马法[Si1 ma3 Fa3], "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3], "Wuzi" 吳子|吴子[Wu2 zi3], "Wei Liaozi" 尉繚子|尉缭子[Wei4 Liao2 zi5], "Three Strategies of Huang Shigong" 黃石公三略|黄石公三略[Huang2 Shi2 gong1 San1 lu:e4] and "Duke Li of Wei Answering Emperor Taizong of Tang" 唐太宗李衛公問對|唐太宗李卫公问对[Tang2 Tai4 zong1 Li3 Wei4 Gong1 Wen4 dui4]
| bǎi zhàn bù dài
bai3 zhan4 bu4 dai4
pai chan pu tai
to come unscathed through a hundred battles (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3]); to win every fight
| zhī jǐ zhī bǐ
zhi1 ji3 zhi1 bi3
chih chi chih pi
know yourself, know your enemy (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3])
(See 天狗・1) Kurama tengu; tengu of Kyoto's Mount Kurama, said to have taught the art of war to Minamoto no Yoshitsune
| sonshinoheihou / sonshinoheho
(work) The Art of War (military text by Sun Tzu; c. 5th century BCE); (wk) The Art of War (military text by Sun Tzu; c. 5th century BCE)
| zhì zhī sǐ dì ér hòu shēng
zhi4 zhi1 si3 di4 er2 hou4 sheng1
chih chih ssu ti erh hou sheng
place sb on a field of death and he will fight to live (idiom based on Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3]); to fight desperately when confronting mortal danger; fig. to find a way out of an impasse
| chū qí bù yì , gōng qí bù bèi
chu1 qi2 bu4 yi4 , gong1 qi2 bu4 bei4
ch`u ch`i pu i , kung ch`i pu pei
chu chi pu i , kung chi pu pei
to catch an enemy off guard with a surprise attack (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3])
| zhī jǐ zhī bǐ , bǎi zhàn bù dài
zhi1 ji3 zhi1 bi3 , bai3 zhan4 bu4 dai4
chih chi chih pi , pai chan pu tai
know yourself and know your enemy, and you will never be defeated (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3])
| zhī bǐ zhī jǐ , bǎi zhàn bù dài
zhi1 bi3 zhi1 ji3 , bai3 zhan4 bu4 dai4
chih pi chih chi , pai chan pu tai
knowing the enemy and yourself will get you unscathed through a hundred battles (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War")
(expression) (proverb) (from Sun Tzu's The Art of War) if you know your enemy and know yourself, in a hundred battles you will never be defeated; know your enemy
|(expression) (proverb) (from Sun Tzu's The Art of War) if you know your enemy and know yourself, in a hundred battles you will never be defeated; know your enemy
|(expression) (proverb) (from Sun Tzu's Art of War) hide your true strength, and then later swiftly attack the unprepared enemy; first be like a (meek) virgin, later like a running hare
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Romaji (Romanized Japanese)
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese
|Art of War
|hyou hou / hyouhou / hyo ho
|bīng fǎ / bing1 fa3 / bing fa / bingfa
|ping fa / pingfa
|Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis
|dou ten chi shou hou
do ten chi sho ho
|dào tiān dì jiàng fǎ
dao4 tian1 di4 jiang4 fa3
dao tian di jiang fa
|tao t`ien ti chiang fa
tao tien ti chiang fa
|Sun Tzu - Art of War
|son shi hyou hou
son shi hyo ho
|sūn zǐ bīng fǎ
sun1 zi3 bing1 fa3
sun zi bing fa
|sun tzu ping fa
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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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