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The name Kendo in Chinese / Japanese...

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Haidong Gumdo

 hǎi dǒng jiàn dào
Haidong Gumdo Scroll

海東劍道 is the Korean martial arts style that means Eastern Sea Sword Way.

The character meanings break down this way:
海 = Sea
東 = East/Eastern
劍 = Sword
道 = Way/Path/Style/Method

This can sometimes be romanized as “Hae Dong Kum Do,” “Haidong Kendo,” “Hae Dong Geom Do,” “Haedong Geomdo,” or “Haedong Kumdo.”

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Heijoshin / Presence of Mind

 píng cháng xīn
 hei jou shin
Heijoshin / Presence of Mind Scroll

平常心 is the title Heijoshin, as associated with Kendo and Aikido schools of Japanese martial arts.

平常心 is also a word in Japanese that can be translated as “one's self-possession” or “presence of mind.”

In Chinese and Korean, this means “simplicity heart,” “composure,” “calmness,” or a “sense of orderliness.” In Chinese and Korean, this implies that you enjoy what you have, keep your heart in balance, and have no over-blown ambitions.

Kendo / The Way of the Sword

 jiàn dào
Kendo / The Way of the Sword Scroll

Often associated with Kenjutsu, 剱道/劍道 means “The way of the sword” in Japanese (and Korean with an alternate form of the first character).
This is also the term used for swordsmanship and even fencing in Japanese and Korean, depending on context.

Note: These same characters are also used separately in Chinese, but this exact combination yields a common title in Japanese only (perhaps someone who is really into swords would use this in China).

Note: There is more than one way to write the “sword” character (shown above is the Japanese version - if you want the Korean version, please let me know when you place your order).

See Also:  Sword | Katana

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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 kendou / kendo

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Kendo / The Way of the Sword
kendo; Japanese martial art using bamboo swords; (surname) Kendō

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 dou / do
large intestine; torso
(1) trunk; torso; body; abdomen; waist; (2) plastron (in kendo); touching the plastron (kimari-te in kendo); (3) frame (of a drum, etc.); sound box (of a shamisen, etc.); hull (of a ship); (4) (rare) {hanaf} (also written as 筒) (See 親・おや・2) dealer

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face; side; surface; aspect; top; classifier for objects with flat surfaces such as drums, mirrors, flags etc
(1) face; (2) mask; face guard; (3) {MA} striking the head (in kendo); (4) surface (esp. a geometrical surface); (5) page; (n,suf) (6) aspect; facet; side; (n,suf) (7) chamfer; (counter) (8) counter for broad, flat objects, levels or stages, e.g. in a video game; (personal name) Hootsuki


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(1) (See 面・2) mask; (2) {MA} (See 面・3) striking the head (kendo)


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 joudan / jodan
(1) upper tier; upper section; upper deck; upper row; upper step; upper grade; upper berth; top shelf; (2) (See 上座) place of honor; place of honour; (3) (See 上段の間) dais; raised part of floor; (4) overhead position (of a sword in kendo, etc.); (surname) Jōdan


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 gedan; kadan
    げだん; かだん
(1) lower tier; lower step; lower column; lower berth; bottom shelf; (2) low position (of a sword in kendo, etc.); (place-name, surname) Shimodan



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zhōng jiān
    zhong1 jian1
chung chien
 chuuken / chuken
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


see styles
 kendou / kendo
(given name) Kendou


see styles
 kendou / kendo
(given name) Kendou



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


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(See 剣闘士・けんとうし) gladiator


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 fukushou / fukusho
(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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jiàn dào
    jian4 dao4
chien tao
kendō (sports)



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xuān dòng
    xuan1 dong4
hsüan tung
to disturb


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 tare(p); dare; tare; dare
    たれ(P); だれ; タレ; ダレ
(1) (kana only) (oft. ダレ in compounds) sauce (esp. soy or mirin-based dipping sauce); (2) (たれ only) hanging; something hanging (flap, lappet, etc.); (3) (たれ only) (kendo) loin guard; (4) (たれ only) kanji radical enclosing the top-left corner of a character; (suffix noun) (5) (たれ, タレ only) (kana only) (derogatory term) (used after a noun or na-adjective; also ったれ) -ass; -head


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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) {mil} 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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xiǎn dào
    xian3 dao4
hsien tao
mountain path


see styles
{MA} strike (kendo)


see styles
 kendou / kendo
(given name) Kendou


see styles
qián dù
    qian2 du4
ch`ien tu
    chien tu


see styles
 gekiken; gekken
    げきけん; げっけん
fencing; kendo


see styles
 kendou / kendo
inappropriate means to a worthy end; expediency; (surname) Gondō


see styles
 jihou / jiho
(See 先鋒・せんぽう・2) second athlete to compete in a 5-on-5 team competition (kendo, judo, etc.)


see styles
jiān dù
    jian1 du4
chien tu
khaṇda, a piece, fragment, portion, section, chapter; a collection; the rules, monastic rules; also used for skandha, v. 塞. There are categories of eight, and twenty subjective divisions for the eight, v. the Abhidharma 八犍度論 B. N. 1273.


see styles
 kendou / kendo
(surname) Kendou


see styles
 kendou / kendo
(given name) Kendou


see styles
prefectural land; prefectural territory


see styles
 kendou / kendo
prefectural road


see styles
 kendou / kendo
(given name) Kendou


see styles
zhú dāo
    zhu2 dao1
chu tao
shinai (bamboo sword for kendō)
{MA} bamboo sword (for kendo); bamboo fencing stick

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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
Haidong Gumdo海東劍道
hǎi dǒng jiàn dào
hai3 dong3 jian4 dao4
hai dong jian dao
hai tung chien tao
Presence of Mind
平常心hei jou shin
hei jo shin
píng cháng xīn
ping2 chang2 xin1
ping chang xin
p`ing ch`ang hsin
ping chang hsin
The Way of the Sword
剱道 / 劍道
kendou / kendojiàn dào / jian4 dao4 / jian dao / jiandaochien tao / chientao
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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