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3. Martial Arts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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 a place where spiritual or psychic events are performed.
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.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|bujutsu||wǔ shù / wu3 shu4 / wu shu / wushu|
|武道||bu dou / budou / bu do / budo||wǔ dào / wu3 dao4 / wu dao / wudao||wu tao / wutao|
|wǔ yì / wu3 yi4 / wu yi / wuyi||wu i / wui|
Martial Arts Ethics
|武德||butoku||wǔ dé / wu3 de2 / wu de / wude||wu te / wute|
|Martial Arts Skills||武技||bugi||wǔ jì / wu3 ji4 / wu ji / wuji||wu chi / wuchi|
Martial Arts Studio
|dou jou / doujou / do jo / dojo||dào cháng|
|Martial Arts Master||武芸者||bugeisha||wǔ yún zhě|
wu3 yun2 zhe3
wu yun zhe
|wu yün che
|Mixed Martial Arts|
|散打||sàn dǎ / san4 da3 / san da / sanda||san 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
|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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