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  1. Heart of Judo

  2. Flexibility

  3. Resilience / Flexibility

  4. Flexibility

  5. Resilience / Flexibility

  6. Flexibility Overcomes Strength

Heart of Judo

Heart of Judo Scroll

This 柔 Kanji literally means flexible, pliable, gentle, or yielding.

柔 is also the first Kanji of the Japanese martial arts titles of Judo and Jujutsu (Jujitsu). In those cases, it's pronounced “ju” in Japanese. However, alone, the classic pronunciation is “yawara.” Some translate this Kanji (in the context of martial arts) as “The Heart of Judo.”

Please note that this just means pliable, gentle, and yielding in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. They do know what Judo and Jujitsu are but if this character is seen alone in China or Korea, people generally will not think of the martial arts context.

 líng huó xìng
Flexibility Scroll

靈活性 is a Chinese and Korean word that means flexibility or being open to change.

You consider others' ideas and feelings and don't insist on your own way. Flexibility gives you creative new ways to get things done. Flexibility helps you to keep changing for the better. 靈活性 could also be defined as having a “flexible nature.”

See Also:  Cooperation

Resilience / Flexibility

 tán xìng
Resilience / Flexibility Scroll

彈性 means resilience, flexibility, or elasticity in Chinese characters and old Korean Hanja.


Alternate / Japanese version

 róu ruǎn xìng
Flexibility Scroll

柔軟性 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja word that means “flexibility.”

It can also mean “compatibility,” “pliability,” “softness” and “elasticity.”

See Also:  Flexibility | Cooperation

Resilience / Flexibility

 dan ryoku sei
Resilience / Flexibility Scroll

弾力性 means elasticity, flexibility, adaptability, or resilience in Japanese Kanji.

Flexibility Overcomes Strength

Softness Overcomes Hardness

 yǐ róu kè gāng
Flexibility Overcomes Strength Scroll

以柔克剛 can be translated as “Softness Overcomes Hardness,” “Flexibility Overcomes Power,” “Flexibility Overcomes Strength,” “Overcoming Powerful Strength with Flexibility,” or “Use Softness to Conquer Strength.”

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An Open Book Benefits Your Mind

Calm and Open Mind

Flower Open / Blooming Flower

Hunt Foxes With Stealth, Hunt Wolves in the Open

Listen With Open Mind

Open and Calm Mind

Open Door

Open Hearted

Open Mind

Open the Minds of the Next Generation to Stimulate Thinking

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Heart of Judo
soft; flexible; supple; yielding; rho (Greek letter Ρρ)
(ant: 剛) softness; gentleness; weakness; (surname, female given name) Yawara
Pliant, yielding, soft.

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(bound form) machine; mechanism; (bound form) aircraft; (bound form) an opportunity; (bound form) crucial point; pivot; (bound form) quick-witted; flexible; (bound form) organic
loom; (surname) Hata
The spring, or motive principle, machine, contrivance, artifice, occasion, opportunity; basis, root or germ; natural bent, fundamental quality; key



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shēn suō
    shen1 suo1
shen so

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Tension and Relaxation
to lengthen and shorten; flexible; adjustable; retractable; extensible; telescoping (collapsible)
(n,vs,vt,vi) expansion and contraction; elasticity; flexibility

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graceful; tactful
(female given name) En

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soft; flexible
(adj-t,adv-to) soft
soft, yielding.


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bā yīn
    ba1 yin1
pa yin
ancient classification system for musical instruments, based on the material of which the instrument is made (metal 金, stone 石, clay 土, leather 革, silk 絲|丝, wood 木, gourd 匏, bamboo 竹); the eight kinds of sound produced by instruments in these categories; music
The eight tones of a Buddha's voice―beautiful, flexible, harmonious, respect-producing, not effeminate (i.e. manly), unerring, deep and resonant; eight vocal attributes



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dòng l
    dong4 l
tung l
flowing; flexible; lively (Internet slang)


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 katou / kato



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yuán tōng
    yuan2 tong1
yüan t`ung
    yüan tung
 enzuu / enzu
flexible; accommodating
(personal name) Enzuu
Universally penetrating; supernatural powers of omnipresence; universality; by wisdom to penetrate the nature or truth of all things; perfectly penetrating


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(adjectival noun) (kana only) supple; flexible; elastic


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(1) (kana only) (obscure) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii); (2) any thin, but flexible bamboo


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(v5u,vi) (1) (kana only) to bend; to warp; to yield; (v5u,vi) (2) (kana only) (See しなやか・1) to be supple (e.g. bamboo, body); to be flexible; to be pliant


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 shinaru; shiwaru
    しなる; しわる
(v5r,vi) (1) (kana only) (See 撓う・1) to bend; to warp; to yield; (v5r,vi) (2) (kana only) (See しなやか・1,撓う・2) to be supple (e.g. bamboo, body); to be flexible; to be pliant



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yì wān
    yi4 wan1
i wan



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róu ruǎn
    rou2 ruan3
jou juan
 juunan / junan
(noun or adjectival noun) flexible; lithe; soft; pliable



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róu rèn
    rou2 ren4
jou jen
pliable and tough; supple and strong; flexible



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jī dòng
    ji1 dong4
chi tung
 kidou / kido
locomotive; motorized; power-driven; adaptable; flexible (use, treatment, timing etc)
(1) maneuver (usu. of military force); manoeuvre; (can act as adjective) (2) (See 機動隊) mobile; nimble; agile; quick to respond; (surname) Kidou



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jī biàn
    ji1 bian4
chi pien
improvisation; flexible; adaptable; pragmatic


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huó fan
    huo2 fan5
huo fan
flexible; adaptable


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(adjectival noun) adaptable; flexible; versatile; unfixed


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niú pí
    niu2 pi2
niu p`i
    niu pi
cowhide; leather; fig. flexible and tough; boasting; big talk
cowhide; oxhide
ox hide— mortal happiness injures the wisdom-life of gods and men, just as ox hide shrinks and crushes a man who is wrapped in it and placed under the hot sun; ox-hide


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shé guǎn
    she2 guan3
she kuan
 jakan; dakan
    じゃかん; だかん
flexible hose
coil; hose


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(1) bellows (of an accordion, camera, etc.); (2) {archit} cornice; (3) rickrack; ricrac; wave-shaped braid; (4) pleated shape; accordion pleats; pleated flexible design



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biàn tōng
    bian4 tong1
pien t`ung
    pien tung
pragmatic; flexible; to act differently in different situations; to accommodate to circumstances



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ruǎn guǎn
    ruan3 guan3
juan kuan
hose; flexible tube


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tōng róng
    tong1 rong2
t`ung jung
    tung jung
flexible; to accommodate; to stretch or get around regulations; a short-term loan
to blend



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líng huó
    ling2 huo2
ling huo
flexible; nimble; agile



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sōng ruǎn
    song1 ruan3
sung juan
flexible; not rigid; spongy; soft or runny (not set hard); loose (soil)


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(abbreviation) flexible cable


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(adjectival noun) (See 弾力) elastic; flexible

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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
Heart of Judoyawararóu / rou2 / roujou
líng huó xìng
ling2 huo2 xing4
ling huo xing
ling huo hsing
tán xìng / tan2 xing4 / tan xing / tanxingt`an hsing / tanhsing / tan hsing
junanseiróu ruǎn xìng
rou2 ruan3 xing4
rou ruan xing
jou juan hsing
弾力性dan ryoku sei
Flexibility Overcomes Strength以柔克剛
yǐ róu kè gāng
yi3 rou2 ke4 gang1
yi rou ke gang
i jou k`o kang
i jou ko kang
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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