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 zì wèi
 ji ei
Self-Defense Scroll

自衛 means self-defense in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Defense / Defend

Defense / Defend Scroll

防 is a single Chinese character and Korean Hanja that means to protect, defend, guard against, prevent, ward off, or counter.

防 means the same thing in Japanese, though seldom seen alone as a single Kanji. When written alone, it could be the Japanese surname Fusegi.

Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa

 quán fǎ
Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa Scroll

拳法 is a form of martial arts that can be translated in several ways.

Some will call it “fist principles,” “the way of the fist,” or even “law of the fist.” The first character literally means fist. The second can mean law, method, way, principle, or Buddhist teaching.

Kempo is really a potluck of martial arts. Often a combination of Chinese martial arts such as Shaolin Kung Fu with Japanese martial arts such as Karate, Jujutsu (Jujitsu), Aikido, and others. You may see the term “Kempo Karate,” which basically means Karate with other disciplines added. In this way, Kempo becomes an adjective rather than a title or school of martial arts.

These facts will long be argued by various masters and students of Kempo. Even the argument as to whether it should be spelled “kenpo” or “Kempo” ensues at dojos around the world (the correct Romaji should actually be “kenpou” if you precisely follow the rules).

The benefit of Kempo is that the techniques are easier to learn and master than pure Kung Fu (wu shu). Students are often taught basic Karate moves, kicks, and punches before augmenting the basic skills with complex Kung Fu techniques. This allows students of Kempo to achieve a level where they can defend themselves or fight in a relatively short amount of time (a few years rather than a decade or more).

Because the definition of this word is so fluid, I should make some notes here:

1. Purists in Okinawa will claim that “Okinawa Kenpo” or “Ryukyu Hon Kenpo” is the original and true version of this martial art from the old kingdom. It is actually little or no connection between Okinawa Kenpo and the way the word is used elsewhere.

2. In Chinese, where these characters are pronounced “quan fa” (sometimes Romanized as “chuan fa” because the Chinese-pinyin “q” actually sounds like an English “ch” sound), these characters do not hold the connotation of being a mixed martial art. It is simply defined as “the law of the fist.”

3. My Japanese dictionary oddly defines Kenpo as the “Chinese art of self-defense.” I personally don't feel this is the most common way that people perceive the word but just something you should know.


military strategy

 fēng lín huǒ shān
 fuu rin ka zan
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風林火山 is the battle strategy and proverb of Japanese feudal lord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573 AD).

This came from the Art of War by Chinese strategist and tactician Sun Tzu (Sunzi).

You can think of this as an abbreviation to remind officers and troops how to conduct battle.

風林火山 is a word list: Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain.

The more expanded meaning is supposed to be...

“Swift as the wind, quiet as the forest, fierce as fire, and immovable as a mountain”

“As fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain”

“Move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as a forest, attack as fierce as fire, undefeatable defense like a mountain”

“Move swiftly like the wind, stay silent like the forest, attack fiercely like fire, take a tactical position on the mountain”

See Also:  Art of War

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Alert / on Guard / Lingering Mind

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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fáng dú
    fang2 du2
fang tu
 boudoku / bodoku
defense against poison; defense against poison gas; anti-narcotics measures; defense against computer viruses



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zì wèi duì
    zi4 wei4 dui4
tzu wei tui
 jieitai / jietai
self-defense force; the Japanese armed forces
(1) Japan Self-Defense Forces; JSDF; (2) self-defence force; self-defense force



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háng kōng zì wèi duì
    hang2 kong1 zi4 wei4 dui4
hang k`ung tzu wei tui
    hang kung tzu wei tui
 koukuujieitai / kokujietai
air self-defense force
{mil} Japan Air Self-Defense Force; JASDF; (o) Air Self-Defense Force; ASDF



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zì wèi
    zi4 wei4
tzu wei
 jiei / jie

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to defend oneself; self-defense
(n,vs,vt,vi,adj-no) self-defense; self-defence


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gōng fáng
    gong1 fang2
kung fang
 koubou / kobo
attack and defense; the midfield (in soccer)
offense and defense; offence and defence


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hǎi fáng
    hai3 fang2
hai fang
coastal defense
coastal defense; coastal defence; (place-name) Haiphong (Vietnam); Haifeng; Hai Phong


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 kuuji / kuji
(abbreviation) (See 航空自衛隊・こうくうじえいたい) Air Self-Defense Force; ASDF; (o) (abbreviation) Air Self-Defense Force; ASDF



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fáng yù
    fang2 yu4
fang yü
 bougyo / bogyo
defense; to defend
(n,vs,adj-no) defense; defence; safeguard; protection


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fáng kōng
    fang2 kong1
fang k`ung
    fang kung
 boukuu / boku
anti-aircraft defense
air defense; air defence



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fáng wèi
    fang2 wei4
fang wei
 bouei / boe
to defend; defensive; defense
(noun, transitive verb) defense; defence; protection


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 kokubouhi / kokubohi
defence expenditure; defense expenditure; defence cost; defense cost



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guó fáng bù
    guo2 fang2 bu4
kuo fang pu
Defense Department; Ministry of National Defense


see styles
 jieikan / jiekan
Japanese Self-Defense Force official; Self-Defense Force official


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 jieikan / jiekan
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship; Self-Defense Force ship; JMSDF ship


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 boueichou / boecho
(See 防衛省) Japan Defense Agency (became Ministry of Defense in January 2007); (place-name) Boueichō


see styles
 boueihi / boehi
defense spending; defense costs


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 kokuboushishutsu / kokuboshishutsu
defense outlay; defense spending



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guó fáng bù zhǎng
    guo2 fang2 bu4 zhang3
kuo fang pu chang
Defense secretary; Defense Minister


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 kouseibougyo / kosebogyo
attack as a form of defense; attacking (active) defense



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zhèng dàng fáng wèi
    zheng4 dang4 fang2 wei4
cheng tang fang wei
reasonable self-defense; legitimate defense


see styles
 gunjisangyou / gunjisangyo
defense contractor; defence contractor; defense industry; defence industry



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fáng wèi dà chén
    fang2 wei4 da4 chen2
fang wei ta ch`en
    fang wei ta chen
 boueidaijin / boedaijin
minister of defense (esp. in Japan)
(See 防衛相) Minister of Defense; Minister of Defence



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fáng wèi guò dàng
    fang2 wei4 guo4 dang4
fang wei kuo tang
excessive self-defense (self-defense with excessive force)


see styles
 jieitaihaken / jietaihaken
Self-Defense Force mission; Self-Defense Force dispatch


see styles
 nihonkaijoujieitai / nihonkaijojietai
Japan maritime self defense force (defence); (o) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force; JMSDF


see styles
 nihonkoukuujieitai / nihonkokujietai
Japan air self defense force (defence); (o) Japan Air Self-Defense Force; JASDF


see styles
 nihonrikujoujieitai / nihonrikujojietai
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force; (o) Japan Ground Self-Defense Force; JGSDF



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wǔ shù
    wu3 shu4
wu shu

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Martial Arts / Wushu
military skill or technique (in former times); all kinds of martial art sports (some claiming spiritual development); self-defense; tradition of choreographed fights from opera and film (recent usage); also called kungfu 功夫; CL:種|种[zhong3]
(1) martial arts; military arts; (2) (See 武術太極拳) wushu (Chinese martial art)



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sà dé
    sa4 de2
sa te

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THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), US Army anti-ballistic missile system


see styles

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Goshin Jutsu
art of self-defense (defence)

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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
ji ei / jieizì wèi / zi4 wei4 / zi wei / ziweitzu wei / tzuwei
bou / bofáng / fang2 / fang
Quan Fa
Chuan Fa
拳法kenpou / kenpoquán fǎ / quan2 fa3 / quan fa / quanfach`üan fa / chüanfa / chüan fa
fuu rin ka zan
fu rin ka zan
fēng lín huǒ shān
feng1 lin2 huo3 shan1
feng lin huo shan
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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