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5. Shaolin Chan
13. Shaolin Disciple
松林 is a Japanese, Chinese, and Korean word that means pine forest.
Also, a Japanese surname that romanizes as Matsubayashi or Shorin/Shourin.
鬆林流空手道 is the Japanese title for the Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do school of martial arts.
If directly translated, it means “Pine Forest Style Empty Hand Way.”
1. 松林流 can be pronounced Matsubayashi-Ryū or Shōrin-Ryū. This can be confusing as Shōrin can also represent 少林 which refers to the Shaolin (little forest) style.
2. 松 can also be written in the traditional form of 鬆.
The 少林 or Shaolin monks of China have been practicing the art of Kung Fu for thousands of years. While there are many schools of Kung Fu in China, Shaolin are one of the more religiously devout and disciplined.
The title of Shaolin actually refers to a specific Buddhist monastery. It should be noted that the Shaolin were famous in China long before the Kung Fu TV show. Their fame in China is due to the monks' heroic and swift rescue of an emperor during the Tang Dynasty. Most Chinese people are not keenly aware of the Kung Fu TV show and have no idea who David Carradine is or anything about his character, Kwai Chang Caine.
Note: The literal meaning of 少林 is “little forest.”
The fame of the Shaolin has spread all over Asia, as even though this is a Chinese title, the same characters are used in Japanese with the same meaning.
少林寺 is the full title of the Shaolin Temple.
This refers to the Buddhist monastery famous for its kung fu monks.
少林寺 is also known in Japanese, where they use the same characters but romanize them as Shourinji or Shōrinji.
Some believe this monastery and temple represent where Bodhidharma sat with his face to a wall for nine years, leading to his discovery of enlightenment and the establishment of Buddhism in China.
少林禪 translates as “Little Forest Meditation.”
少林禪 is part of a movement to provide spiritual and mental health by integrating the practices of martial arts and meditation.
More information at Shaolin Chan Foundation.
Shaolin Temple Style
少林流 is the Japanese martial arts title “Shorin-ryu.”
Though the first part of the title comes from the Shaolin (small forest) monks of China.
In Japan, this refers to the Okinawa School of Karate.
Note that often in Japanese, the first Kanji of this title was changed to the version shown to the right. If you prefer this version, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.
Matsumura Sōkon's Shaolin Style
I've noticed you are searching for "Shorin-Ryu". There is a lot of confusion about whether it should be 少林 or 小林. The original Chinese Shaolin is 少林 but somehow in Japanese, it became 小林 (both versions are pronounced "Shorin" in Japanese). It is hard to say which one is correct. If you want a different first character from the titles shown on this page, please let me know by putting a note in the "Special Instructions" tab when you customize your calligraphy artwork.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Romaji (Romanized Japanese)
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese
|sōng lín / song1 lin2 / song lin / songlin
|sung lin / sunglin
|matsu bayashi ryuu kara te dou
matsu bayashi ryu kara te do
|sho rin / shorin
|shǎo lín / shao3 lin2 / shao lin / shaolin
|shou rin ji
sho rin ji
|shào lín sì
shao4 lin2 si4
shao lin si
|shao lin ssu
|sho rin zen
|shǎo lín chán
shao3 lin2 chan2
shao lin chan
|shao lin ch`an
shao lin chan
|shi dou kan
shi do kan
|sho rin ryu shi dou kan
sho rin ryu shi do kan
|Shorin Ji Ryu
|shou rin ji ryuu
sho rin ji ryu
|shou rin ryuu
sho rin ryu
|matsu mura shou rin ryuu
matsu mura sho rin ryu
|shou bayashi / ko bayashi
shoubayashi / kobayashi
sho bayashi / ko bayashi
|xiǎo lín / xiao3 lin2 / xiao lin / xiaolin
|hsiao lin / hsiaolin
|sho rin ryuu sho bu kan
sho rin ryu sho bu kan
|shǎo lín dì zǐ
shao3 lin2 di4 zi3
shao lin di zi
|shao lin ti tzu
|nippon shou rin ryuu
nipon sho rin ryu
|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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