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Self-Defense

China zì wèi
Japan ji ei
Self-Defense Vertical Wall Scroll

自衛 means self-defense in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa

China quán fǎ
Japan kenpou
Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa Vertical Wall Scroll

This form of martial arts can be translated in several ways. Some will call it "fist principles" or "the way of the fist," or even "law of the fist." The first character literally means fist. The second can mean law, method, way, principle or Buddhist teaching.

Kempo is really a potluck of martial arts. Often a combination of Chinese martial arts such as Shaolin Kung Fu with Japanese martial arts such as Karate, Jujutsu (Jujitsu), Aikido, and others. You may see the term "Kempo Karate" which basically means Karate with other disciplines added. In this way, Kempo becomes an adjective rather than a title or school of martial arts.

These facts will long be argued by various masters and students of Kempo. Even the argument as to whether it should be spelled "kenpo" or "Kempo" ensues at dojos around the world (the correct Romaji should actually be "kenpou" if you precisely follow the rules).

The benefit of Kempo is that the techniques are easier to learn and master compared to pure Kung Fu (wu shu). Students are often taught basic Karate moves, kicks, and punches before augmenting the basic skills with complex Kung Fu techniques. This allows students of Kempo achieve a level where they can defend themselves or fight in a relatively short amount of time (a few years rather than a decade or more).

Because the definition of this word is so fluid, I should make some notes here:

1. Purists in Okinawa will claim that "Okinawa Kenpo" or "Ryukyu Hon Kenpo" is the original and true version of this martial art from the old kingdom. There is actually little or no connection between Okinawa Kenpo and the way the word is used elsewhere.

2. In Chinese, where these characters are pronounced "quan fa" (sometimes Romanized as "chuan fa" because the Chinese-pinyin "q" actually sounds like an English "ch" sound), these characters do not hold the connotation of being a mixed martial art. It is simply defined as "the law of the fist."

3. In my Japanese dictionary, it oddly defines Kenpo as "Chinese art of self-defense." I personally don't feel this is the most common way that people perceive the word but just something you should know.

Five Reflections / Gosei

Japan shi se i ni moto ru na ka ri shi ka? gen kou ni ha zu ru na ka ri shi ka?
ki ryo ku ni ka ku ru na ka ri shi ka? do ryo ku ni u ra mi na ka ri shi ka?
bu sho u ni wa ta ru na ka ri shi ka?
Five Reflections / Gosei Vertical Wall Scroll

These are the "Five Reflections" of Vice Admiral Hajime Matsushita of the Japanese Imperial Navy.

These days, the Five Reflections are recited or contemplated daily by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force recruits in training. This long proverb is popularly translated into English this way:

Hast thou not gone against sincerity?
Hast thou not felt ashamed of thy words and deeds?
Hast thou not lacked vigor?
Hast thou not exerted all possible efforts?
Hast thou not become slothful?


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Taekwondo

China tái quán dào
Japan te kon do
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll

跆拳道 is one of the most widespread types of martial arts in the world as well as being an Olympic sport. Taekwondo was born in Korea with influences of Chinese and Japanese styles, combined with traditional Korean combat skills. Some will define it as the "Korean art of empty-handed self-defense."

In the simplest translation, the first character means "kick," the second character can mean either "fist" or "punching" the third means "way" or "method." Altogether, you could say this is "Kick Punch Method." When heard or read in various Asian languages, all will automatically think of this famous Korean martial art. It is written the same in Japanese Kanji, Chinese, and Korean Hanja characters - so the appearance of the characters are rather universal. However, you should note that there is another way to write this in modern Korean Hangul characters which looks like the image to the right. Taekwondo Hangul Characters

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Note: Taekwondo is sometimes Romanized as Tae-Kwondo, Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-do, Taegwondo, Tae Gweon Do, Tai Kwon Do, Taikwondo, Taekwando, Tae Kwan Do and in Chinese Taiquandao, Tai Quan Dao, Taichuando, or Tai Chuan Tao.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ fo2
Taiwan fo
Japanese hotoke / ほとけ    butsusaki / ぶつさき
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Buddha; Buddhism
Japanese (surname) Hotoke; (surname) Butsusaki

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Mandarin xìn / xin4
Taiwan hsin
Japanese shin / しん
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese letter; mail; CL:封[feng1]; to trust; to believe; to profess faith in; truthful; confidence; trust; at will; at random
Japanese (1) honesty; sincerity; fidelity; (2) trust; reliance; confidence; (3) (religious) faith; devotion; (counter) (4) counter for received messages; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Michi; (female given name) Makoto; (personal name) Noburu; (personal name) Nobutsugu; (surname) Nobutaka; (personal name) Nobuji; (surname) Nobusaki; (personal name) Nobukatsu; (female given name) Nobu; (personal name) Shinji; (surname, female given name) Shin; (female given name) Shino; (female given name) Akira

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Mandarin qiè / qie4
Taiwan ch`ieh / chieh
Japanese warawa / わらわ    mekake / めかけ    sobame / そばめ    onname / おんなめ
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese concubine; I, your servant (deprecatory self-reference for women)
Japanese (pn,adj-no) (archaism) (humble language) (feminine speech) I; me; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) mistress; kept woman; concubine

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Mandarin yǐng / ying3
Taiwan ying
Japanese kage / かげ    eiji / eji / えいじ    ei / e / えい
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese picture; image; film; movie; photograph; reflection; shadow; trace
Japanese (1) shadow; silhouette; figure; shape; (2) reflection; image; (3) ominous sign; (4) light (stars, moon); (5) trace; shadow (of one's former self); (surname) Kage; (personal name) Eiji; (given name) Ei

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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin / にん
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to bear; to endure; to tolerate; to restrain oneself
Japanese (archaism) endurance; forbearance; patience; self-restraint; (given name) Nin; (surname, female given name) Shinobu; (place-name) Shinobi; (female given name) Shino; (p,s,g) Oshi; (female given name) Azumi
kṣānti, 羼提 (or 羼底); patience, endurance, (a) in adverse circumstances, (b) in the religious state. There are groups of two, three, four, five, six, ten, and fourteen, indicating various forms of patience, equanimity, repression, forbearance, endurance, constancy, or "perseverance of the saints," both in mundane and spiritual things; to endure

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Mandarin kòng // kōng / kong4 // kong1
Taiwan k`ung / kung
Japanese kuu / ku / くう    kara / から
Chinese to empty; vacant; unoccupied; space; leisure; free time; empty; air; sky; in vain
Japanese (1) empty air; sky; (2) {Buddh} shunyata; emptiness; the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phenomenon; (3) (abbreviation) (See 空軍) air force; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) fruitlessness; meaninglessness; (5) (See 五大・1) void (one of the five elements); (can be adjective with の) (6) {math} empty (e.g. set); (noun - becomes adjective with の) emptiness; vacuum; blank; (female given name) Ron; (personal name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Hikari; (female given name) Haruka; (female given name) Noa; (surname) Sorasaki; (female given name) Sora; (female given name) Sukai; (female given name) Shieru; (personal name) Kuukai; (surname, female given name) Kuu; (female given name) Kanata; (female given name) Kasumi; (female given name) Urue; (surname, female given name) Aki; (female given name) Aoi

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Mandarin shēn / shen1
Taiwan shen
Japanese mi / み
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese body; life; oneself; personally; one's morality and conduct; the main part of a structure or body; pregnant; classifier for sets of clothes: suit, twinset; Kangxi radical 158
Japanese (1) body; (2) oneself; (3) one's place; one's position; (4) main part; meat (as opposed to bone, skin, etc.); wood (as opposed to bark); blade (as opposed to its handle); container (as opposed to its lid); (surname) Misaki

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Mandarin guǐ / gui3
Taiwan kuei
Japanese oni(p);ki / おに(P);き
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese ghost; demon; terrible; damnable; clever; sly; crafty; (suffix for sb with a certain vice or addiction etc); one of the 28 constellations
Japanese (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) (See 亡魂) spirit of a deceased person; (3) (おに only) ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.); (4) (おに only) (See 鬼ごっこ・おにごっこ) it (in a game of tag, hide-and-seek, etc.); (5) (き only) {astron} (See 二十八宿,朱雀・すざく・2) Chinese "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (prefix) (6) (おに only) (slang) (See 超・1) very; extremely; super-; (surname) Miniwa; (surname) Kisaragi; (surname) Oniyanagi; (personal name) Onikatsu; (surname) Oni

修養


修养

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Mandarin xiū yǎng / xiu1 yang3
Taiwan hsiu yang
Japanese shuuyou / shuyo / しゅうよう
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese accomplishment; training; self-cultivation
Japanese (noun/participle) self-improvement; (mental) training; self-discipline; cultivation
cultivating moral character

克己

see styles
Japanese kokki / こっき
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) self denial; self control; (given name) Yoshimi; (given name) Kokki; (surname, given name) Katsumi; (female given name) Katsuki

我慢

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Mandarin wǒ màn / wo3 man4
Taiwan wo man
Japanese gaman / がまん
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (noun/participle) patience; endurance; perseverance; tolerance; self-control; self-denial; (surname) Gaman
abhimāna, ātma-mada. Egoism exalting self and depreciating others; self-intoxication, pride; identity

拳法

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Mandarin quán fǎ / quan2 fa3
Taiwan ch`üan fa / chüan fa
Japanese kenpou / kenpo / けんぽう
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese boxing; fighting technique
Japanese Chinese art of self-defence (defense)

捨己


舍己

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Mandarin shě jǐ / she3 ji3
Taiwan she chi
Japanese sutemi / すてみ    suteki / すてき
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese selfless; self-sacrifice (to help others); self-renunciation; altruism
Japanese (given name) Sutemi; (given name) Suteki

正念

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Mandarin zhèng niàn / zheng4 nian4
Taiwan cheng nien
Japanese shounen / shonen / しょうねん
Chinese correct mindfulness (Buddhism)
Japanese (1) {Buddh} (See 八正道) right mindfulness; (2) true faith (in rebirth in the promised land); (place-name) Shounen
samyak-smṛti, right remembrance, the seventh of the 八正道; 'right mindfullness, the looking on the body and the spirit in such a way as to remain ardent, self-possessed and mindful, having overcome both hankering and dejection. ' Keith; correct mindfulness

武術


武术

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Mandarin wǔ shù / wu3 shu4
Taiwan wu shu
Japanese bujutsu / ぶじゅつ
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese military skill or technique (in former times); all kinds of martial art sports (some claiming spiritual development); self-defense; tradition of choreographed fights from opera and film (recent usage); also called kungfu 功夫; CL:種|种[zhong3]
Japanese (1) {MA} martial arts; military arts; (2) (See 武術太極拳) wushu; modern sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts

無我


无我

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Mandarin wú wǒ / wu2 wo3
Taiwan wu wo
Japanese muga / むが
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese anatta (Buddhist concept of "non-self")
Japanese (1) selflessness; self-effacement; self-renunciation; (2) {Buddh} anatta; anatman; doctrine that states that humans do not possess souls; (female given name) Muga
anātman; nairātmya; no ego, no soul (of an independent and self-contained character), impersonal, no individual independent existence (of conscious or unconscious beings, anātmaka). The empirical ego is merely an aggregation of various elements, and with their disintegration it ceases to exist; therefore it has nm ultimate reality of its own, but the Nirvāṇa Sūtra asserts the reality of the ego in the transcendental realm. The non-Buddhist definition of ego is that it has permanent individuality 常一之體 and is independent or sovereign 有主宰之用. When applied to men it is 人我, when to things it is 法我. Cf. 常 11; no-self

無量


无量

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Mandarin wú liàng / wu2 liang4
Taiwan wu liang
Japanese muryou / muryo / むりょう
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese measureless; immeasurable
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) immeasurable; (given name) Muryou
apramāṇa; amita; ananta; immeasurable, unlimited, e.g. the 'four infinite' characteristics of a bodhisattva are 慈悲喜捨 kindness, pity, joy, and self-sacrifice; uncountable

独立

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Japanese dokuritsu / どくりつ Japanese (adj-na,n,vs) independence (e.g. Independence Day); self-support

空無


空无

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Mandarin kōng wú / kong1 wu2
Taiwan k`ung wu / kung wu
Japanese kūmu
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Unreality, or immateriality, of things, which is defined as nothing existing of independent or self-contained nature; emptiness

節制


节制

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Mandarin jié zhì / jie2 zhi4
Taiwan chieh chih
Japanese sessei / sesse / せっせい
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to control; to restrict; to moderate; to temper; moderation; sobriety; to administer
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) moderation; self-restraint; temperance

自信

see styles
Mandarin zì xìn / zi4 xin4
Taiwan tzu hsin
Japanese jishin / じしん
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to have confidence in oneself; self-confidence
Japanese (noun/participle) self-confidence; confidence (in oneself); (surname) Jishin

自制

see styles
Mandarin zì zhì / zi4 zhi4
Taiwan tzu chih
Japanese jisei / jise / じせい
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to maintain self-control; self-control
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) self control; self restraint

自力

see styles
Mandarin zì lì / zi4 li4
Taiwan tzu li
Japanese jiriki(p);jiryoku / じりき(P);じりょく
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) one's own strength; one's own efforts; (2) {Buddh} self-salvation; (place-name) Jiriki
self-power

自尊

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Mandarin zì zūn / zi4 zun1
Taiwan tzu tsun
Japanese jison / じそん
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese self-respect; self-esteem; ego; pride
Japanese self-respect; esteem; self-importance; pride

自強


自强

see styles
Mandarin zì qiáng / zi4 qiang2
Taiwan tzu ch`iang / tzu chiang
Japanese jikyou / jikyo / じきょう
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to strive for self-improvement
Japanese (noun/participle) strenuous effort

自律

see styles
Mandarin zì lǜ / zi4 lu:4
Taiwan tzu lü
Japanese jiritsu / じりつ
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese self-discipline; self-regulation; autonomy (ethics); autonomic (physiology)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) (See 他律) autonomy (philosophy); (2) self-control

自恃

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Mandarin zì shì / zi4 shi4
Taiwan tzu shih
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese self-esteem; self-reliance; overconfident; conceited

自愛


自爱

see styles
Mandarin zì ài / zi4 ai4
Taiwan tzu ai
Japanese jiai / じあい
Chinese self-respect; self-love; self-regard; regard for oneself; to cherish one's good name; to take good care of one's health
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) taking care of oneself (esp. used as an epistolary imperative); (2) self-love

自然

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Mandarin zì rán / zi4 ran2
Taiwan tzu jan
Japanese shizen / しぜん
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese nature; natural; naturally
Japanese (1) nature; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) natural; spontaneous; (adv,adv-to) (3) naturally; spontaneously; (female given name) Minori; (female given name) Mizuki; (female given name) Neito; (given name) Jinen; (surname, given name) Shizen; (female given name) Kokoro

自省

see styles
Mandarin zì xǐng / zi4 xing3
Taiwan tzu hsing
Japanese jisei / jise / じせい
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to examine oneself; to reflect on one's shortcomings; introspection; self-awareness; self-criticism
Japanese (noun/participle) self-examination; reflection; (given name) Jisei

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Self-Defense自衛
自卫
ji ei / jieizì wèi / zi4 wei4 / zi wei / ziweitzu wei / tzuwei
Kenpo
Kempo
Quan Fa
Chuan Fa
拳法kenpou / kenpoquán fǎ / quan2 fa3 / quan fa / quanfach`üan fa / chüanfa / chüan fa
Five Reflections
Gosei
一至誠に悖るなかりしか一言行に恥づるなかりしか一氣力に缺くるなかりしか一努力に憾みなかりしか一不精に亘るなかりしかshi se i ni moto ru na ka ri shi ka? gen kou ni ha zu ru na ka ri shi ka?
ki ryo ku ni ka ku ru na ka ri shi ka? do ryo ku ni u ra mi na ka ri shi ka?
bu sho u ni wa ta ru na ka ri shi ka?
shi se i ni moto ru na ka ri shi ka? gen ko ni ha zu ru na ka ri shi ka?
ki ryo ku ni ka ku ru na ka ri shi ka? do ryo ku ni u ra mi na ka ri shi ka?
bu sho u ni wa ta ru na ka ri shi ka?
shiseinimotorunakarishika?genkonihazurunakarishika?
kiryokunikakurunakarishika?doryokuniuraminakarishika?
bushouniwatarunakarishika?
Taekwondo跆拳道te kon do / tekondotái quán dào
tai2 quan2 dao4
tai quan dao
taiquandao
t`ai ch`üan tao
taichüantao
tai chüan tao
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