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  1. Martial Arts / Wu Shu

  2. Martial Arts / Budo

  3. Martial Arts

  4. Martial Morality...

  5. Martial Arts Skills

  6. Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

  7. Martial Arts Master

  8. Mixed Martial Arts

  9. The Nature of Martial Arts

10. Shaolin Martial Arts

Martial Arts / Wu Shu

China wǔ shù
Japan bujutsu
Martial Arts / Wu Shu Vertical Wall Scroll

武術 is the very Chinese way to express "Martial Arts." Some even use this word to directly describe Kung Fu. But this is a label that fits all disciplines from Karate to Kung Fu to Taekwondo.

Note: This also means Martial Arts with the same appearance in old Korean Hanja characters and is pronounced "musul" or "musur" in Korean.

While this is best if your audience is Chinese or Korean, this also means "martial arts" in Japanese.

Martial Arts / Budo

Way of the Warrior
China wǔ dào
Japan bu dou
Martial Arts / Budo Vertical Wall Scroll

武道 is the very common Japanese way to say "Martial Arts."

武道 is used mostly in Japanese dojos but is also understood in Chinese and Korean.

Some will use this title to mean chivalry (the conduct of a knight) or military art. The way this word is understood would depend on the context in which it is used.

The first character means "force" or "warlike" or "essence of a warrior."

The second character means "method," "path," and "the way." It is the same character used to describe/mean the philosophy of Taoism / Daoism.

Some will also translate this as, "The Way of the Warrior," especially in the context of Korean martial arts.

Martial Arts

China wǔ yì
Martial Arts Vertical Wall Scroll

武藝 is a Korean Hanja title that means, "martial arts" or "military skill."

武藝 is also a word in Chinese but used more often in the context of Korean martial arts.

From Korean, this is romanized as either "mu ye" or "moo ye." If you want to order this in modern Korean Hangul, just click the Hangul in the pronunciation box next to the Korean flag above.

Martial Morality
Martial Arts Ethics / Virtue

China wǔ dé
Japan butoku
Martial Morality / Martial Arts Ethics / Virtue Vertical Wall Scroll

This refers to the virtue, morality, and ethics that any practitioner of martial arts should posses. This can be used in both Chinese and Japanese in lieu of English terms such as "soldierly virtue," "good conduct" (military), "warrior ethics," and being honorable in regards to any fight or competition.

See Also:  Morality of Mind | Morality of Deed

Martial Arts Skills

China wǔ jì
Japan bugi
Martial Arts Skills Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be translated as "martial arts skills," "warrior skills," or "military skills" depending on usage. In both Japanese and Chinese, rather than meaning martial arts, this speaks more to the skills that you posses in regards to martial arts. This phrase also has a light suggestion of "having an itch to show off these skills."

Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

China dào cháng
Japan dou jou
Dojo / Martial Arts Studio Vertical Wall Scroll

道場 is the Japanese term for a room or hall in which martial arts are taught. 道場 is often spelled "dojo" which has become a word in the English lexicon. However, the true Romaji is "doujou" or "dōjō."

Please note: The Chinese definition of these characters is quite different. In Chinese, this is a place where Buddhist or Taoist mass is held. It could also be the place where spiritual or psychic events are performed.

Martial Arts Master

China wǔ yún zhě
Japan bugeisha
Martial Arts Master Vertical Wall Scroll

武芸者 is the Japanese Kanji title for "Martial Arts Master." It suggests that you have reached at least the level of black belt, and are probably to the level where you are ready to become an instructor.

Please consider carefully where you stand before ordering this phrase on a wall scroll. If you are not a master, this will make you look a bit foolish.

If you want to get this as a gift for your master at the dojo. Try to discreetly make sure this term is used in your school. Different schools and styles of Japanese martial arts use different terms. You may notice in the Romaji and the characters, this has the same characters as "geisha" which means "person skilled in arts" (what a geisha girl really is). The title here has the character for "martial," "warrior," and/or "military" in front of it. Therefore the literal translation is "martial art person."

These Kanji are valid Chinese characters and Korean Hanja but this title does not really make sense in Chinese and not often used in Korean, though a Chinese or Korean would be able to guess the meaning by looking at the first and last characters.

Mixed Martial Arts

China sàn dǎ
Mixed Martial Arts Vertical Wall Scroll

散打 is Sanda, a Chinese word for "Mixed Martial Arts" or "MMA".

Mixed Martial Arts

China zōng hé gé dòu
Mixed Martial Arts Vertical Wall Scroll

綜合格鬥 is a common Chinese title for "Mixed Martial Arts" or "MMA."

The characters or words in this title break down this way:
綜合 zōng hé = composite / synthesized / to sum up / to integrate / to synthesize.
格 gé = style / frame / rule.
斗 dòu = fight / to battle / to struggle.

Mixed Martial Arts

Japan sougoukakutougi
Mixed Martial Arts Vertical Wall Scroll

総合格闘技 is a Japanese title for mixed martial arts or MMA.

Note: Some will use other titles for this rather new word or evolving concept. This seems to be the most common right now in the Japanese language.

The Nature of Martial Arts

China zì rán wǔ dào
Japan shi zen bu do
The Nature of Martial Arts Vertical Wall Scroll

The first two characters create a word that means nature, natural, or spontaneous. The last two characters are often translated as martial arts.

Shaolin Martial Arts

China shǎo lín wǔ gōng
Shaolin Martial Arts Vertical Wall Scroll

少林武功 is the title for "Shaolin Wu Gong" or "Shaolin martial arts."

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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
Martial Arts
Wu Shu
bujutsuwǔ shù / wu3 shu4 / wu shu / wushu
Martial Arts
武道bu dou / budou / bu do / budowǔ dào / wu3 dao4 / wu dao / wudaowu tao / wutao
Martial Arts武藝
wǔ yì / wu3 yi4 / wu yi / wuyiwu i / wui
Martial Morality
Martial Arts Ethics
武德butokuwǔ dé / wu3 de2 / wu de / wudewu te / wute
Martial Arts Skills武技bugiwǔ jì / wu3 ji4 / wu ji / wujiwu chi / wuchi
Martial Arts Studio
dou jou / doujou / do jo / dojodào cháng
dao4 chang2
dao chang
tao ch`ang
tao chang
Martial Arts Master武芸者bugeishawǔ yún zhě
wu3 yun2 zhe3
wu yun zhe
wu yün che
Mixed Martial Arts散打sàn dǎ / san4 da3 / san da / sandasan ta / santa
Mixed Martial Arts綜合格鬥
zōng hé gé dòu
zong1 he2 ge2 dou4
zong he ge dou
tsung ho ko tou
Mixed Martial Arts総合格闘技sougoukakutougi
The Nature of Martial Arts自然武道shi zen bu do
zì rán wǔ dào
zi4 ran2 wu3 dao4
zi ran wu dao
tzu jan wu tao
Shaolin Martial Arts少林武功shǎo lín wǔ gōng
shao3 lin2 wu3 gong1
shao lin wu gong
shao lin wu kung
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