Kodokan in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Kodokan

  2. Kodokan Aikido

  3. Kodokan Judo

  4. Seiryoku Zenyo


Kodokan

kou dou kan
Kodokan Scroll

光道館 is Kodokan. 光道館 is the title of an Aikido dojo, studio, or hall.

Be careful in selecting the correct Kodokan, as there are a few different titles that romanize as Kodokan.

Here's how the characters break down in meaning for this one:
1. Light / Bright
2. Way / Path (the Tao/Dao as in Taoism/Daoism)
3. Schoolroom / Building / Establishment / Mansion / Hall (of learning)

Altogether, you get something like, "The Path of Light Establishment".

Kodokan

kou dou kan
Kodokan Scroll

This title refers to a certain kind or school of Judo martial arts.

Here's how the characters break down in meaning for this one:
1. Mutual Assistance or Association. Can also refer to a lecture, speech, or explaining something (as in teaching).
2. Way / Path (the Tao/Dao as in Taoism/Daoism)
3. Schoolroom / Building / Establishment / Mansion / Small Castle / Hall (of learning)

Altogether, you get something like, "The Path of Mutual Learning Hall".

More about Kodokan from the Institute of Kodokan.

Kodokan

koudoukan
Kodokan Scroll

弘道館 is a Japanese title that romanizes as Kodokan.

There are a few martial arts titles that romanize as Kodokan, so be careful to choose the correct one. This one kind of means, "Great Way Hall".

In the old Buddhist context, the 弘 Kanji can mean vast, great, to enlarge, spread abroad, or widely to proclaim.

The 道 part is the "Way" as seen in many martial arts titles. It is the root character of Taoism/Daoism (romanized as Tao or Dao from Chinese, but Do in Japanese).

The 館 or hall part is implied to be a dojo or place of learning.

Kodokan Aikido

kou dou kan ai ki dou
Kodokan Aikido Scroll

This is Kodokan Aikido.

Be sure this is the right Kodokan for your school, as there are two different titles that romanize as Kodokan in Japanese.

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.

Seiryoku Zenyo

sei ryoku zen yo
Seiryoku Zenyo Scroll

精力善用 means "maximum efficiency" and is often associated with Judo.

It is often matched with "Jita Kyoei" (mutual benefit) to complete the philosophy of Kodokan Judo.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)
Kodokan光道館
讲道馆
kou dou kan
koudoukan
ko do kan
kodokan
Kodokan講道館
讲道馆
kou dou kan
koudoukan
ko do kan
kodokan
Kodokan弘道館koudoukan / kodokan
Kodokan Aikido光道館合気道 / 光道館合氣道
光道馆合气道
kou dou kan ai ki dou
koudoukanaikidou
ko do kan ai ki do
kodokanaikido
Kodokan Judo講道館柔道
讲道馆柔道
kou dou kan juu dou
koudoukanjuudou
ko do kan ju do
kodokanjudo
Seiryoku Zenyo精力善用sei ryoku zen yo
seiryokuzenyo
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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