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Boxing in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Boxing
  2. Kick-Boxing
  3. Fighting Spirit
  4. Tantui
  5. Savate
  6. Drunken Fist
  7. Muay Thai
  8. Ba Gua Zhang

Boxing

China quán jī
Boxing

拳擊 is the term used in Chinese to refer to the original Olympic sport of combat and fighting. If you like to strap on your boxing gloves and go a few rounds, or are just a fan of boxing, this could make a nice wall scroll for you.

Note that Japanese use the same first character (which means fist) but a different Kanji for the second. Please see our Japanese boxing entry for that version.

Boxing

Japan ken tou
Boxing

拳闘 is the term used in Japanese Kanji to refer to the original Olympic sport of combat and fighting. This can also be translated as "prize fighting."

The first Kanji means fist. The second means fight. So when literally translated, this means "fist fight" (though understood in Japanese as a more refined sport, versus street fighting).

Note: A completely different second character is used in the Chinese word for boxing but a Chinese person would still be able to guess the meaning of these Kanji.

Kick-Boxing

Japan kikkubokushingu
Kick-Boxing

This is the Japanese Katakana word for kickboxing. This is a transliteration or borrowed word, meaning that it's meant to sound like "kick-boxing," rather than being an organic Japanese Kanji word that means "kick-boxing."


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Kick-Boxing

China tī quán
Kick-Boxing

踢拳 is kickboxing in Chinese.

The first character means "kick," and the second means "fist" hence "boxing."

Fighting Spirit

The Will to Fight
China dòu zhì
Fighting Spirit

This literally means fighting spirit. As in the spirit that a warrior, soldier, athlete or fighter must possess.

斗Note: There is more than one way to write the first character of this word. It is sometimes written like the version shown to the right (yes, it's completely different but has the same meaning & pronunciation). If you have a preference, please let us know in the special instructions about your order.

Fighting Spirit

Japan tou shi
Fighting Spirit

This literally means "fighting spirit" or "the will to fight." As in the spirit that a warrior, soldier, athlete or fighter must possess.

Fighting Spirit

Alternate Japanese version
Japan tou kon
Fighting Spirit

闘魂 is an alternate title with the meaning "fighting spirit" or "the will to fight."

Fighting Spirit

Japan tou ki
Fighting Spirit

闘氣 is an alternate Japanese title for "fighting spirit." This one is more like "fighting energy." The second character is "ki" the same "ki" in Aikido. This "ki" is the spiritual energy that all martial arts practitioners must master and focus.

Tantui

China tán tuǐ
Tantui

潭腿 is the title for "Tantui," a northern school of martial arts boxing.

Savate

Japan sobatto
Savate

ソバット is the Japanese Katakana for the French word, Savate, meaning "kick-fighting," or "French boxing."


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Drunken Fist

Japan suiken
Drunken Fist

酔拳 is the Japanese version of the title for Drunken Fist, or Drunken Boxing.

Muay Thai

Japan mue tai
Muay Thai

ムエタイ is the Japanese Katakana title for "Muay Thai" or "Thai boxing."


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Ba Gua Zhang

Martial arts term
China bā guà zhǎng
Japan hakkeshou
Ba Gua Zhang

八卦掌 is the title Baguazhang, a form of Chinese boxing.

Literally-translated, this means, "Eight Trigrams Palm.

You will see this romanized as, "Ba Gua Zhang," or "Pa Kua Chang" (same characters, just different romanization used in mainland China versus Taiwan).

八卦掌 is also known in Japan as hakkeshou or hakkesho.

Search for Boxing in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Boxing拳擊
拳击
quán jī / quan2 ji1 / quan ji / quanjich`üan chi / chüanchi / chüan chi
Boxing拳闘
拳斗
ken tou / kentou / ken to / kento
Kick-Boxingキックボクシングkikkubokushingu
kikubokushingu
Kick-Boxing踢拳tī quán / ti1 quan2 / ti quan / tiquant`i ch`üan / tichüan / ti chüan
Fighting Spirit斗志dòu zhì / dou4 zhi4 / dou zhi / douzhitou chih / touchih
Fighting Spirit闘誌
闘志
tou shi / toushi / to shi / toshi
Fighting Spirit闘魂tou kon / toukon / to kon / tokon
Fighting Spirit闘氣
闘気气
tou ki / touki / to ki / toki
Tantui潭腿tán tuǐ / tan2 tui3 / tan tui / tantuit`an t`ui / tantui / tan tui
Savateソバットsobatto
Drunken Fist酔拳suiken
Muay Thaiムエタイmue tai / muetai
Ba Gua Zhang八卦掌hakkeshou / hakeshobā guà zhǎng
ba1 gua4 zhang3
ba gua zhang
baguazhang
pa kua chang
pakuachang
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.



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