The name Exercise in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Exercise

  2. Training / Drill

  3. Practice / Train / Drill

  4. Tai Chi Ball

  5. Discipline

  6. Moderation / Temperance

  7. Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan


(for body or mind)

 duàn liàn
Exercise Scroll

鍛煉/鍛鍊 means to exercise in much the same way we use the word exercise in English.

This can be exercising your body at the gym or exercising your mind in studies. Most of the time, this refers to physical exercise.

This can also be translated as to temper, to toughen, to train, to drill, to forge, or simply discipline.

Training / Drill

 xùn liàn
Training / Drill Scroll

If training or drill is important to you (especially for military drill and training), 訓練 might be just the thing for a drill master to hang behind his/her desk.

This term is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It can also mean practice or exercise, depending on context.

Practice / Train / Drill

Practice / Train / Drill Scroll

練 is a Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word that is the simplest way to say practice, train, drill, exercise, or to describe the effort taken to perfect one's skill.

Tai Chi Ball

 tài jí qiú
 tai kyoku kyuu
Tai Chi Ball Scroll

太極球 is the title “Tai Chi Ball.”

This may refer to any number of variations of exercise balls, some with yin-yang themes, others strictly for taichi/taiji or qigong exercises.

 duàn liàn
 tan ren
Discipline Scroll

鍛練 is the Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja word used for discipline.

This has a meaning like “forging or creating something from lots of training and practice.” My Japanese dictionary translates this as “tempering, forging, hardening, disciplining, training.”

This is for Japanese and Korean only. In Chinese, these characters might be translated as (physical) “exercise.”


The modern form of the second Japanese Kanji looks like the first image to the right. There’s also an alternate modern form after that, and finally, an alternate traditional form. Because calligraphy is an art, the calligrapher could choose any of these possible forms. Let us know if you have a preference.

See Also:  Self-Control | Will-Power

Moderation / Temperance

 jié zhì
Moderation / Temperance Scroll

節制 means moderation or temperance in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Moderation is creating a healthy balance in your life between work and play, rest and exercise. You don't overdo or get swept away by the things you like. You use your self-discipline to take charge of your life and your time.

節制 can also be translated as sobriety or self-restraint.

This is often used as part of the Seven Heavenly Virtues to represent sobriety and/or temperance.

See Also:  Prudence | Ethics | Humble | Humility

Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan

 tài jí quán
 tai kyoku ken
Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan Scroll

太極拳 is the famous Taoist meditation and martial art exercise. The direct translation of these characters would be something like “grand ultimate fist,” but that does not quite hit the mark for what this title really means.

An early-morning walk through any city in China near a park or an open area will yield a view of Chinese people practicing this ancient technique.

A typical scene is an old man of no less than 80 years on this earth, with a wispy white beard and perhaps a sword in one hand. He makes slow moves that are impossibly smooth. He is steady-footed and always in balance. For him, time is meaningless and proper form, and technique is far more important than speed.

For the younger generation, faster moves may look impressive and seem smooth to the casual observer. But more discipline and mental strength are needed to create perfectly smooth moves in virtual slow motion.

Note: There are two ways to Romanize these Chinese characters, as seen in the title above. The pronunciation and actual characters are the same in Chinese. If you really used English sounds/words to pronounce this, it would be something like “tie jee chew-on” (make the “chew-on” one flowing syllable).

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Practice / Train / Drill

Skill Acquired Through Hard Training

The More We Sweat in Training, the Less We Bleed in Battle

Training / Drill

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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More info & calligraphy:

Practice / Train / Drill
to practice; to train; to drill; to perfect (one's skill); exercise; (literary) white silk; to boil and scour raw silk
(surname) Ren
To train, practise, drill, exercise.


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rěn nài
    ren3 nai4
jen nai
to endure; to bear with; to exercise patience; to restrain oneself; patience; endurance
(noun, transitive verb) endurance; perseverance; patience



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tài jí quán
    tai4 ji2 quan2
t`ai chi ch`üan
    tai chi chüan

More info & calligraphy:

Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan
shadowboxing or Taiji, T'aichi or T'aichichuan; traditional form of physical exercise or relaxation; a martial art
{MA} grand ultimate fist; Tai Chi Chuan


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 baapii / bapi

More info & calligraphy:

burpee (exercise); (personal name) Burpee

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to check; to examine; to inspect; to exercise restraint
A case; rule; to collate; compose; pick up.



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lì tí
    li4 ti2
li t`i
    li ti
 reidai / redai
problem or question solved for illustrative purposes in the classroom; practice question (used in preparation for an exam); sample question
example; exercise (for the reader)


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jiàn shēn
    jian4 shen1
chien shen
to exercise; to keep fit; to work out; physical exercise


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chū cāo
    chu1 cao1
ch`u ts`ao
    chu tsao
to drill; to exercise; to go outdoors for physical exercise



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zhí xíng
    zhi2 xing2
chih hsing
 yuukou / yuko
to implement; to carry out; to execute; to run
(noun, transitive verb) (1) (しっこう, しゅぎょう only) execution; carrying out; performance; enforcement; exercise; service; conduct; (noun, transitive verb) (2) (しっこう only) {law} execution; (3) {Buddh} lead monk performing various tasks in a temple; (surname) Yūkou
temple executor


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sù shēn
    su4 shen1
su shen
body sculpting (weight loss and exercise)


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 jisshuu / jisshu
(noun, transitive verb) practice (in the field); training (esp. practical and hands-on); practical exercise; drill



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duì kè
    dui4 ke4
tui k`o
    tui ko
to give answering phrase (school exercise in memory or composition)



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qiáng shēn
    qiang2 shen1
ch`iang shen
    chiang shen
to strengthen one's body; to keep fit; to build up one's health (through exercise, nutrition etc)



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rěn ràng
    ren3 rang4
jen jang
to exercise forbearance; patient and accommodating



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xuán chuí
    xuan2 chui2
hsüan ch`ui
    hsüan chui
to hang down; to dangle; to be suspended
(n,vs,vi) (1) pull-up (exercise); chin-up; chinning; (n,vs,vi) (2) suspension; dangling; hanging


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lā jīn
    la1 jin1
la chin
stretching (exercise)


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 furuu / furu
(irregular okurigana usage) (transitive verb) (1) to swing; to wield (physically); to exert; (2) to exercise (e.g. power, ability); to exhibit; to display; to wield (metaphorically); (3) to flourish; to prosper; to thrive



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juǎn fù
    juan3 fu4
chüan fu
crunch (physical exercise)


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 furuu / furu
(transitive verb) (1) to swing; to wield (physically); to exert; (2) to exercise (e.g. power, ability); to exhibit; to display; to wield (metaphorically); (3) to flourish; to prosper; to thrive


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(1) sliding feet; shuffling (one's feet); (2) (sumo) moving legs forward with feet never leaving the ground (exercise)


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cāo yǎn
    cao1 yan3
ts`ao yen
    tsao yen
drill; exercise; demonstration; to demonstrate



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shōu liǎn
    shou1 lian3
shou lien
to dwindle; to vanish; to make vanish; to exercise restraint; to curb (one's mirth, arrogance etc); to astringe; (math.) to converge



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fàng fēng
    fang4 feng1
fang feng
to allow in fresh air; to allow a prisoner out for exercise; to give out information



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chén liàn
    chen2 lian4
ch`en lien
    chen lien
morning exercise


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 kikou / kiko
breathing exercise; breath control; spirit cultivation; chi kung; qigong



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huó dòng
    huo2 dong4
huo tung
 katsudou / katsudo
to exercise; to move about; to operate; to use connections (personal influence); loose; shaky; active; movable; activity; campaign; maneuver; behavior; CL:項|项[xiang4],個|个[ge4]
(noun/participle) (1) activity (of a person, organization, animal, volcano, etc.); action; (2) (abbreviation) (obsolete) (See 活動写真) movie (esp. during the silent movie period)


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shēn dūn
    shen1 dun1
shen tun
squat (exercise)



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yǎn xí
    yan3 xi2
yen hsi
 enshuu / enshu
maneuver; exercise; practice; to maneuver
(n,vs,vt,vi) (1) practice; exercise; drill; (n,vs,vt,vi) (2) military exercise; manoeuvres; maneuvers; drill; (3) seminar


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(transitive verb) (1) to knead; to thicken into a paste (stirring over a flame); (2) to polish (a plan, etc.); to refine; to elaborate; to work out; (3) to train; to drill; to exercise; (4) to tan (leather); (5) to temper (steel); (v5r,vi) (6) to walk in procession; to parade; to march


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guǎn shù
    guan3 shu4
kuan shu
to exercise control over; restriction; control
{bot} (See 維管束) vascular bundle

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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
Exercise鍛煉 / 鍛鍊
duàn liàn
duan4 lian4
duan lian
tuan lien
kunrenxùn liàn / xun4 lian4 / xun lian / xunlianhsün lien / hsünlien

renliàn / lian4 / lianlien
Tai Chi Ball太極球
tai kyoku kyuu
tai kyoku kyu
tài jí qiú
tai4 ji2 qiu2
tai ji qiu
t`ai chi ch`iu
tai chi chiu
Discipline鍛練 / 鍛錬
tan ren / tanrenduàn liàn
duan4 lian4
duan lian
tuan lien
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhichieh chih / chiehchih
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Ji Quan
tai kyoku ken
tài jí quán
tai4 ji2 quan2
tai ji quan
t`ai chi ch`üan
tai chi chüan
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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