The name Sho-Dan in Chinese / Japanese...

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初段 is a Japanese Kanji word that literally means “beginning degree.”

初段 is the lowest black belt rank in Japanese martial arts and the game of Go.

The first Kanji means first, new, or beginning in Japanese.

Other ways to translate this title include “lowest grade” or “first grade.”

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Simple Dictionary Definition



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xiū suǒ duàn
    xiu1 suo3 duan4
hsiu so tuan
 shu sho dan
To cut of illusion in practice, or performance.



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sī wéi suǒ duàn
    si1 wei2 suo3 duan4
ssu wei so tuan
 shiyui sho dan
eliminated by contemplation



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fán nǎo zhàng duàn
    fan2 nao3 zhang4 duan4
fan nao chang tuan
 bonnō shō dan
elimination of afflictive hindrances



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jiàn kǔ suǒ duàn
    jian4 ku3 suo3 duan4
chien k`u so tuan
    chien ku so tuan
 ken ku sho dan
[afflictions] eliminated by insight into the truth of suffering



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xiū dào suǒ duàn fán nǎo
    xiu1 dao4 suo3 duan4 fan2 nao3
hsiu tao so tuan fan nao
 shudō sho dan bonnō
afflictions removed in the path of cultivation



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jiàn kǔ suǒ duàn fán nǎo
    jian4 ku3 suo3 duan4 fan2 nao3
chien k`u so tuan fan nao
    chien ku so tuan fan nao
 ken ku sho dan bonnō
afflictions eliminated by insight into the truth of suffering

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)
Sho-Dan初段sho dan / shodan

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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