Karate-Do in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Karate-Do

  2. Danketsu Karate-Do

  3. Shidokan Karate-Do

  4. Shotokan Karate-Do

  5. Snow Leopard Karate-Do

  6. Goju Ryu Karate-Do

  7. Karate-Do Shinyo-Kai

  8. Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

  9. Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

10. Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do

11. Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do

12. Isshin Ryu Karate Do


kōng shǒu dào
kara te dou
Karate-Do Scroll

The literal meaning of these characters is "empty hand method" or "empty hand way".

Credit is given that karate started in China but migrated and became refined, and vastly popular in Japan.

Karate is a martial art that uses no blades of weapons other than the "natural weapons" that God gave to humans (fists and feet). The last character somehow became optional but the meaning of that character is "method" or "the way" as in Taoism / Daoism.

Danketsu Karate-Do

dan ketsu kara te dou
Danketsu Karate-Do Scroll

団結空手道 is the title for Danketsu Karate-Do, a dojo located in Stroudsburg, PA.

団結 (danketsu) means union, unity, or combination.

空手道 (karate-do) means "empty hand way".


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Shidokan Karate-Do

shi dou kan kara te dou
Shidokan Karate-Do Scroll

士道館空手道 is the full Japanese title for Shidōkan Karate-Do, a style of full-contact karate.

士道館空手道 is a newer karate style, founded in 1980 by Yoshiji Soeno.

Shotokan Karate-Do

sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
shou tou kan kara te dou
Shotokan Karate-Do Scroll

These Japanese Kanji make up the title for Shotokan Karate.

This should be considered a Japanese-only title. It does make sense and is pronounceable in Chinese and Korean but only as a title for a building (perhaps a martial arts hall) surrounded by pine trees - followed by the characters for "The empty hand method" (kong shou dao / Karate-do). Also, the first two characters were simplified in both Japanese and Chinese. The third character was simplified in Chinese but not Japanese.

Upon request, we can offer the fully traditional Chinese version but be sure you know what you are asking for.

Note: This would be understood in Chinese and Korean Hanja by a person from those cultures who is familiar with martial arts and various schools of Japanese karate.

Snow Leopard Karate-Do

xuě bào kōng shǒu dào
yukihyou karate
Snow Leopard Karate-Do Scroll

雪豹空手道 is the Japanese (and Chinese) title for Snow Leopard Karate-Do.

Goju Ryu Karate-Do

gou juu ryuu kara te dou
Goju Ryu Karate-Do Scroll

剛柔流空手道 is the title of the Goju-Ryu Karate-Do school of martial arts.

Karate-Do Shinyo-Kai

kara te dou shin you kai
Karate-Do Shinyo-Kai Scroll

空手道心養会 is the Japanese Kanji for
Karate-Dō Shinyō-Kai.

Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

Japanese Genbu Karate Club

rì běn kōng shǒu dào xuán wǔ huì
ni ppon kara te dou gen bu kai
Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai Scroll

日本空手道玄武會 is the title for Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai.
A Japanese karate association of the Genbu school.

Note that while this title does make perfect sense in Chinese, it is really a Japanese title. In fact, the first word is "Japanese/Japan".


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Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do Scroll

糸東流氣目館空手道 is the title for Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do.
A school of Karate.

Note that while this title can be pronounced in Chinese, it only makes complete sense in Japanese.

Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do

ue chi ryuu kara te dou
Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Scroll

上地流空手道 is the title of the Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do school of Okinawan martial arts.

Uechi actually means "higher stages of practice" in a Buddhist context.

Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do

matsu bayashi ryuu kara te dou
Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do Scroll

鬆林流空手道 is the Japanese title for the Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do school of martial arts.

If directly translated, it means, "Pine Forest Style Empty Hand Way".

Notes:
1. 松林流 can be pronounced Matsubayashi-Ryū or Shōrin-Ryū. This can be confusing as Shōrin can also represent 少林 which refers to the Shaolin (little forest) style.
2. 松 can also be written in the traditional form of 鬆.

Isshin Ryu Karate Do

i sshin ryuu kara te dou
Isshin Ryu Karate Do Scroll

一心流空手道 is the full title for Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do.

The literal meaning is "one heart method empty hand way".

There are also other ways you can translate this, but if you are looking for this title, you already know that.

This would make a great wall scroll for your dojo or private studio, if you study this form of Japanese (technically from Okinawa) Karate.

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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
Karate-Do空手道kara te dou
karatedou
kara te do
kōng shǒu dào
kong1 shou3 dao4
kong shou dao
kongshoudao
k`ung shou tao
kungshoutao
kung shou tao
Danketsu Karate-Do団結空手道dan ketsu kara te dou
danketsukaratedou
dan ketsu kara te do
Shidokan Karate-Do士道館空手道shi dou kan kara te dou
shidoukankaratedou
shi do kan kara te do
Shotokan Karate-Do鬆濤館空手道
松涛館空手道
shou tou kan kara te dou
shoutoukankaratedou
sho to kan kara te do
sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
song1 tao1 guan3 kong1 shou3 dao4
song tao guan kong shou dao
songtaoguankongshoudao
sung t`ao kuan k`ung shou tao
sungtaokuankungshoutao
sung tao kuan kung shou tao
Snow Leopard Karate-Do雪豹空手道yukihyou karate
yukihyoukarate
yukihyo karate
xuě bào kōng shǒu dào
xue3 bao4 kong1 shou3 dao4
xue bao kong shou dao
xuebaokongshoudao
hsüeh pao k`ung shou tao
hsüehpaokungshoutao
hsüeh pao kung shou tao
Goju Ryu Karate-Do剛柔流空手道
刚柔流空手道
gou juu ryuu kara te dou
goujuuryuukaratedou
go ju ryu kara te do
Karate-Do Shinyo-Kai空手道心養会kara te dou shin you kai
karatedoushinyoukai
kara te do shin yo kai
Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai日本空手道玄武會
日本空手道玄武会
ni ppon kara te dou gen bu kai
nipponkaratedougenbukai
ni pon kara te do gen bu kai
rì běn kōng shǒu dào xuán wǔ huì
ri4 ben3 kong1 shou3 dao4 xuan2 wu3 hui4
ri ben kong shou dao xuan wu hui
jih pen k`ung shou tao hsüan wu hui
jih pen kung shou tao hsüan wu hui
Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do糸東流氣目館空手道
糸东流気目馆空手道
shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-do
mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
mi4 dong1 liu2 qi4 mu4 guan3 kong1 shou3 dao4
mi dong liu qi mu guan kong shou dao
mi tung liu ch`i mu kuan k`ung shou tao
mi tung liu chi mu kuan kung shou tao
Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do上地流空手道ue chi ryuu kara te dou
uechiryuukaratedou
ue chi ryu kara te do
Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do松林流空手道matsu bayashi ryuu kara te dou
matsu bayashi ryu kara te do
Isshin Ryu Karate Do一心流空手道i sshin ryuu kara te dou
isshinryuukaratedou
i shin ryu kara te do
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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