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  1. Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen

  2. Bruce Lee

  3. Chong / Sung / Su

  4. Chow / Zhou

  5. Tian / Tien

  6. Five Families / Tsoi Li Hoi Fut Hung

  7. Kung / Gong / Mitsugi

  8. Hong Kong

  9. Jackie Chan

10. Jeet Kune Do


Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen

hēi qí mén
hak ki mun
Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen Scroll

Often romanized as "Hek Ki Boen" from Cantonese, this is the title for a certain branch school of Wing Chun or Eng Chun martial arts.

lǐ xiǎo lóng
bu ruu su ri
Bruce Lee Scroll

李小龍 is the real full name of Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee Many people have no idea that Bruce Lee had a "real" Chinese name. In Mandarin and Cantonese, he is known as "Lǐ XiǎoLóng" and "Léi SíuLùng" respectively.

He kept his family name pronunciation (Li = Lee). 李 is a common family name that also means "plum".

His given name 小龍 (Xiao-Long) literally means "little dragon". 李小龍 is why you often see the character for dragon associated with Bruce Lee on various posters etc.

For a pronunciation lesson, the "X" in Romanized Mandarin is pronounced like a "sh" sound but with your tongue at the bottom of your mouth. The vowel sound in "Long" is like the English "oh", not like the "ah" sound in the English word "long".

If you are a big Bruce Lee fan, you should know this information, and you should have this wall scroll hanging in your room or martial arts studio.

Note: Japanese use these same exact Chinese characters / Kanji to write Bruce Lee's real name (with different pronunciation - which is a bit like how the name "Bruce Lee" sounds in English).


See Also:  Kung Fu | Marital Arts

Chong / Sung / Su

Surname
chóng
sung
Chong / Sung / Su Scroll

崇 is the surname "Chong" or "Zhong" in Mandarin Chinese, "Sung" in Cantonese and Korean, and Su in Japanese.

崇 is used in other Chinese words and other Asian languages with the following meanings:
high; sublime; lofty; to esteem; to worship; eminent; honorable; honourable; reverence; adore/adoration.

Chow / Zhou

Surname
zhōu
shuu
Chow / Zhou Scroll

周 originally represents the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC) of ancient China.

It has become a surname in China that romanizes as Zhou from Mandarin, Chou in Taiwan, and often written as Chow from Cantonese.

The actual meaning is circle, circumference, lap, cycle, all, thorough, or perimeter. It is used in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja with that meaning - though it can also be used as a name in those languages as well.

tián
Tien
den
Tian / Tien Scroll

This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese character means field or farm.

Most of the time, this refers to a rice field.

However, this is very commonly used as a surname that romanizes from Mandarin as Tian, and from Cantonese and Taiwanese, it's romanized as Tien.

In Japanese, it can be the surname Yanakida, Tatsuru, or Tazaki. There are other romanizations used for Japanese surnames for this character. When just a field, it is pronounced "den" in Japanese.

Five Families / Tsoi Li Hoi Fut Hung

cài lǐ hé fú xióng
tsoi lee ho fat hung
Five Families / Tsoi Li Hoi Fut Hung Scroll

蔡李何佛雄 is the five families as associated with San Soo Kung Fu.

The characters are always the same, but there are several ways these are romanized from Cantonese, Mandarin, and other dialects. Some common ones include Tsoi Li Hoi Fut Hung and Choi Li Ho Fut Hung.

If you are using a different romanization, that does not mean it's wrong. It might just be that your school is using a different dialect or romanization scheme.

Kung / Gong / Mitsugi

Surname
gòng
mitsugi
Kung / Gong / Mitsugi Scroll

貢 is a Chinese surname that can romanize as Gong from Mandarin or Kung from Cantonese.

In Japan, this can be the surname or given name Mitsugi. The meaning of this is tribute or gifts.

xiāng gǎng
hoeng1 gong2
hon kon
Hong Kong Scroll

香港 is the Chinese and Japanese name for the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of The Peoples Republic of China known as Hong Kong (formerly a British administrated territory).

The romanization "Hong Kong" is probably a British approximation of the Cantonese pronunciation for this land.


See Also:  Great Britain | China | Macao | Taiwan | Singapore | Japan | Vietnam | Korea | Asia

chéng lóng
sing lung
jakkii chiin
Jackie Chan Scroll

Jackie Chan 成龍 is the Chinese and Japanese stage name of Jackie Chan, Kung Fu film, and Cantonese pop star icon.

His birth name was 陳港生 (romanized as Chan Kong-sang or Can Gong-sang in Cantonese, or Chén Gǎng-shēng in Mandarin.

jié quán dào
jeet kune do
sekken dou
Jeet Kune Do Scroll

In Cantonese, this is Jeet Kune Do. Often it is explained as the "Way of the Intercepting Fist". 截拳道 is a martial art style founded by Bruce Lee.

The first character means to cut-off or sever.
The second character is fist.
The last character means way or method.


See Also:  Bruce Lee


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Black Flag Gate
Hek Ki Boen
黑旗門
黑旗门
hēi qí mén
hei1 qi2 men2
hei qi men
heiqimen
hei ch`i men
heichimen
hei chi men
Bruce Lee李小龍
李小龙
bu ruu su ri
buruusuri
bu ru su ri
burusuri
lǐ xiǎo lóng
li3 xiao3 long2
li xiao long
lixiaolong
li hsiao lung
lihsiaolung
Chong
Sung
Su
chóng / chong2 / chongch`ung / chung
Chow
Zhou
shuu / shuzhōu / zhou1 / zhouchou
Tian
Tien
dentián / tian2 / tiant`ien / tien
Five Families
Tsoi Li Hoi Fut Hung
蔡李何佛雄cài lǐ hé fú xióng
cai4 li3 he2 fu2 xiong2
cai li he fu xiong
cailihefuxiong
ts`ai li ho fu hsiung
tsailihofuhsiung
tsai li ho fu hsiung
Kung
Gong
Mitsugi

mitsugigòng / gong4 / gongkung
Hong Kong香港hon kon / honkonxiāng gǎng
xiang1 gang3
xiang gang
xianggang
hsiang kang
hsiangkang
Jackie Chan成龍
成龙
jakkii chiin
jakkiichiin
jaki chin
jakichin
chéng lóng
cheng2 long2
cheng long
chenglong
ch`eng lung
chenglung
cheng lung
Jeet Kune Do截拳道sekken dou / sekkendou / seken do / sekendojié quán dào
jie2 quan2 dao4
jie quan dao
jiequandao
chieh ch`üan tao
chiehchüantao
chieh chüan 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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