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róu dào
juu dou
Judo Scroll

柔道 is the martial art invented in Japan and known as "Judo" around the world.

Translated directly, it means "Gentle Way" or "Flexible Way"

More about Judo

Kodokan Judo

kou dou kan juu dou
Kodokan Judo Scroll

講道館柔道 is the title for the Kodokan Judo school of Japanese martial arts.

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.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Judo柔道juu dou / juudou / ju do / judoróu dào / rou2 dao4 / rou dao / roudaojou tao / joutao
Kodokan Judo講道館柔道
kou dou kan juu dou
ko do kan ju do
Heart of Judoyawararóu / rou2 / roujou
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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róu dào / rou2 dao4
jou tao
 juudou / judo / じゅうどう
Heart of Judo Scroll


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 kuroobi / くろおび
Heart of Judo Scroll
black belt (judo, karate, etc.)


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 juudo / judo / ジュード
Heart of Judo Scroll
(personal name) Jude

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 shime / しめ (1) tie up; bind; fastening; tightening; (2) sum; total amount; total; (3) (martial arts term) judo choking (strangling) techniques; (4) (food term) last meal eaten when going restaurant hopping; (5) completion; conclusion; rounding off; (counter) (6) counter for bundles; counter for faggots; counter for bundles of 2000 sheets of paper; (7) end mark; closure mark; (female given name) Shime

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huó / huo2
 katsu / かつ
to live; alive; living; work; workmanship
(1) living; life; (2) (See 活を入れる・1) judo art of resuscitation; (suffix) (3) (abbreviation) (See 活動・1) action; activity; (personal name) Katsuji
jīva, jīvaka; alive, living, lively, revive, movable; be lively



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zhōng jiān / zhong1 jian1
chung chien
 chuuken / chuken / ちゅうけん
core; nucleus; backbone
(1) nucleus; backbone; mainstay; key figure; (adj-no,n) (2) medium-level; mid-level; middle-ranking; midsize; (3) main body (of troops); crack troops; select troops; (4) {baseb} center field; centre field; center fielder; centre fielder; (5) (See 先鋒・せんぽう・2) athlete competing in the middle-number match in a team competition, i.e. second in 3-on-3, third in 5-on-5 (kendo, judo, etc.); (surname) Nakano


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 randori / らんどり (irregular okurigana usage) (martial arts term) randori (freestyle judo training)


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 randori / らんどり (irregular okurigana usage) (martial arts term) randori (freestyle judo training)


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rú tóng / ru2 tong2
ju t`ung / ju tung
a youth


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 judou / judo / じゅどう Confucianism



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xiān fēng / xian1 feng1
hsien feng
 senpou / senpo / せんぽう
vanguard; pioneer; avant-garde
(1) advance guard; vanguard; (2) athlete who competes in the first match of a team competition (kendo, judo, etc.)


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 uchimomo / うちもも    uchimata / うちまた inner thigh; (1) inner thigh; (noun/participle) (2) (walking) pigeon-toed; one's toes turned inward; (3) uchimata (judo); throwing an opponent by putting one's leg between their legs


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 fukushou / fukusho / ふくしょう (1) second in command (of an army); (2) {sports} vice-captain; (3) (See 先鋒・せんぽう・2) fourth athlete to compete in a 5-on-5 team competition (kendo, judo, etc.)


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 juudou / judo / じゅうどう (place-name) Juudou


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 dori / どり    tori / とり (suffix noun) (1) samurai receiving this much rice as a fee; (2) offering of rice cake containing this much rice; (3) (obsolete) person receiving this amount of money as a salary; (n,n-suf) (1) taking; taker; collecting; collector; remover; removal; (2) last performer of the day (usu. the star performer); last performance of the day; (3) active partner (e.g. in judo demonstration); (prefix) (4) emphatic or formal prefix


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 toride / とりで (1) recipient; receiver; acceptor; taker; (2) (martial arts term) (sumo) skilled practitioner (of judo, sumo, etc.); (3) person who picks up the cards (in karuta games); handle; grip; knob; (place-name) Toride


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 judou / judo / じゅどう (noun - becomes adjective with の) (ant: 能動) passivity


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 yawara / やわら judo; jujutsu


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 taishou(p);daishou(ok) / taisho(p);daisho(ok) / たいしょう(P);だいしょう(ok) (1) general; admiral; (2) head; chief; leader; boss; kingpin; (3) (familiar language) (familiar or jocular term for addressing a male) old chap; mate; boss; chief; man; (4) (See 先鋒・せんぽう・2) athlete who competes in the last match of a team competition (kendo, judo, etc.); (given name) Hiromasa


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 newaza / ねわざ (1) (in wrestling or judo) pinning technique; (2) underhanded dealings


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 newaza / ねわざ (1) (in wrestling or judo) pinning technique; (2) underhanded dealings


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 judou / judo / じゅどう (given name) Judou


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 kowaza / こわざ finer points (e.g. in judo); little tricks


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 yamaarashi / yamarashi / やまあらし (1) mountain storm; (2) {MA} yamaarashi; judo throwing technique


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 nagewaza / なげわざ (sumo) (martial arts term) throw or throwing technique (sumo, judo)



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zhǐ dǎo / zhi3 dao3
chih tao
 shidou / shido / しどう
to guide; to give directions; to direct; to coach; guidance; tuition; CL:個|个[ge4]
(noun/participle) (1) guidance; leadership; instruction; direction; coaching; (2) {MA} shido (disciplinary action for a minor infringement of the rules of judo)


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 yuukou / yuko / ゆうこう (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (ant: 無効) valid; effective; (2) {MA} yuko (judo)


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 yawara / やわら judo; jujutsu


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 yokoguruma / よこぐるま (exp,n) (1) (See 横車を押す) perverseness; obstinacy; something unreasonable (like pushing a cart from the side (instead of from behind)); (2) side wheel throw (judo); (surname) Yokoguruma


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 judou / judo / じゅどう tree hollow; hollow in a tree

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