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See also: Bushido - Code of the Samurai Warrior
10. Brave Warrior
16. Warrior Within
17. Dragon Warrior
18. Silent Warrior
19. Peaceful Warrior
20. Dragon Warrior
21. Silent Warrior
22. Inner Warrior
24. Quiet Warrior
25. Holy Warrior
27. Inner Warrior
28. Noble Warrior
29. Shadow Warrior
30. Wind Warrior
32. Dragon Warrior
33. Ghost Warrior
The first character, 武, is the spirit or essence of a warrior. The second character, 士, means soldier, officer, or official. 武士 is also used appropriately enough to describe a piece of a chess game. 武士 can also be translated as a soldier, cavalier, palace guard, or samurai, and sometimes as a knight. I've occasionally seen this translated as strong man or tough man (gender not necessarily implied).
By far, 武士 is the most common way to write warrior in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Note: In Japanese, this is Bushi, as in Bushido.
鬼武者 is an unusual title that can be translated two ways, daredevil warrior or demon warrior.
The most common is probably the daredevil warrior. However, the first character means demon, ghost, or soul of the departed. Therefore, it can mean the soul of a warrior or a demon warrior.
This title is Japanese only, and should not be used if your audience is Chinese.
和平武士 means “Warrior for Peace” (a warrior who fights for peace) in Chinese.
Note this is not the same thing as a “peaceful warrior.”
See Also: Peace
精神勇士 can be translated as the spirit or soul of a warrior. The first two characters can be translated as vigor, vitality, drive, spirit, mind, heart, mental essence, and psychological component. Basically, “your soul.”
The second two characters mean “warrior” or literally “brave soldier/man,” although some will translate this word as “hero.” Therefore, this is also how to say “soul of a hero.”
Note: This title is best for Chinese and old Korean. It does make sense in Japanese but is not a common or natural Kanji combination in Japanese.
We have two versions of this phrase. The only difference is the first two and last two characters are swapped. The version here suggests that you are the warrior or hero. The other version suggests that you admire or like the idea of the spirit of a warrior.
勇士精神 can be translated as the warrior's spirit or warrior's soul. The first two characters can be translated as “warrior” or literally “brave soldier/man,” although some will translate this word as “hero.” Therefore, this is also how to say “heroic spirit.”
The second two characters mean vigor, vitality, drive, spirit, mind, heart, mental essence, and psychological component. Basically “your soul.”
We have two versions of this phrase. The only difference is the first two and last two characters are swapped. The version here suggests that you admire or like the idea of the spirit of a warrior. The other version suggests that you are the warrior or hero.
天力士 means “Heavenly Warrior,” or “Hero of Heaven,” in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
Often used in a Buddhist context.
勇士 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for a brave warrior, a brave person, a hero, or a brave man.
In Japanese, this can be a given name, Yuuji.
天界力士 means “warrior of the heavenly realm” in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
This is also known as Narayana in Buddhism.
兵在精而不在多將在謀而不在勇 is a proverb that informs how it is better to have warriors of quality, rather than just a large quantity of warriors in your army/force.
This literally means: [Just as] warriors [are valued for their] quality and not [just] for quantity, [so] generals [are valued] for their tactics, not [just] for [their] bravery.
See Also: 兵在精而不在多
武 is the essence or spirit of a warrior. 武 is part of the word “wu shu” which is sometimes translated as “martial arts” or “kung fu.”
In more modern speech and another context, this can mean military, martial, warlike, fierce, and perhaps violent but usually as a prefix for a longer word or phrase.
平和の武士 can be read as “Peaceful Warrior” or “Warrior for Peace” in Japanese. This sounds like an oxymoron in Japanese, so it's a weird title. Expect Japanese people to be perplexed when they see it.
平和 (heiwa) peace; harmony.
の (no) possessive particle.
武士 (bushi) warrior; samurai; soldier.
平和的武士 means “Peaceful Warrior” in Chinese. This does in fact sound like an oxymoron in Chinese - but many of you have asked for this special title.
Note this is not the same thing as “warrior for peace.”
See Also: Peace
覺醒武士 is not a commonly used title in Chinese but is sometimes used in Martial arts and military contexts to refer to a warrior who seems always to be fully aware, enlightened, knowledgeable, noble, and just.
The first two characters are a word that means: to awaken; to come to realize; awakened to the truth; the truth dawns upon one; scales fall from the eyes; to become aware.
The last two characters mean warrior but can also refer to a samurai, soldier, or fighter.
影武者 is the title for Shadow Warrior in Chinese and Japanese.
This may refer to a few video games that share this English title, or a Japanese movie called Kagemusha.
If you are looking for the Japanese TV show, that was originally 影の軍団 (Kage no Gundan), which more literally means “Army of Shadows,” but was re-titled Shadow Warrior when released outside Japan in English.
In Japan, this title can also refer to a body double or decoy of an army general or leader used to avoid assassination. It can also be somebody who does all the work (or fighting) behind the scenes (not getting much, if any, credit).
武士の一言金鉄の如し is an old Japanese proverb about the value of the word of a warrior.
Here are a couple of versions of how this can be translated:
A warrior's single word is as unchanging and reliable as gold and steel.
A warrior's promise is as dependable as gold, and his [scabbard contains] untarnished steel (a sword).
Note: Sometimes this phrase is written as 男子の一言、金鉄の如し (danshi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi)
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
關公 is a Chinese title, Guan Gong, that means Lord Guan (The warrior saint of ancient China).
While his real name was Guan Yu / 關羽, he is commonly known by the title of Guan Gong (關公).
Some Chinese soldiers still pray to Guan Gong for protection. They would especially do this before going into battle. Statues of Guan Gong are seen throughout China.
花園里的戰士好過戰場上的園丁 is the Chinese for the phrase, “It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.”
This proverb is purported to come from the following exchange:
A student approaches his samurai master and says,
“Teacher, you instruct me how to fight, yet you preach to me about peace. How do I reconcile the two?”
The samurai responds,
“Because it is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.”
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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|
|Warrior||武士||bu shi / bushi||wǔ shì / wu3 shi4 / wu shi / wushi||wu shih / wushih|
Soul of a Warrior
|鬼武者||oni mu sha / onimusha|
|jìng wǔ shì|
jing4 wu3 shi4
jing wu shi
|ching wu shih
|jìng mì wǔ shì|
jing4 mi4 wu3 shi4
jing mi wu shi
|ching mi wu shih
|Warrior for Peace||和平武士||hé píng wǔ shì|
he2 ping2 wu3 shi4
he ping wu shi
|ho p`ing wu shih
ho ping wu shih
|Soul of a Warrior||精神勇士||jīng shén yǒng shì|
jing1 shen2 yong3 shi4
jing shen yong shi
|ching shen yung shih
|勇士精神||yǒng shì jīng shén|
yong3 shi4 jing1 shen2
yong shi jing shen
|yung shih ching shen
|戦士||sen shi / senshi|
|Warrior of Heaven||天力士||ten riki shi|
|tiān lì shì|
tian1 li4 shi4
tian li shi
|t`ien li shih
tien li shih
|武者||mu sha / musha|
|Brave Warrior||勇士||yuu shi / yuushi / yu shi||yǒng shì / yong3 shi4 / yong shi / yongshi||yung shih / yungshih|
|Warrior of the Heavenly Realm||天界力士||ten kai riki shi|
|tiān jiè lì shì|
tian1 jie4 li4 shi4
tian jie li shi
|t`ien chieh li shih
tien chieh li shih
Spirit of a Fighter
|戦士魂||senshi damashii |
|Value of Warrior Generals||兵在精而不在多將在謀而不在勇|
|bīng zài jīng ér bú zài duō jiàng zài móu ér bú zài yǒng|
bing1 zai4 jing1 er2 bu2 zai4 duo1 jiang4 zai4 mou2 er2 bu2 zai4 yong3
bing zai jing er bu zai duo jiang zai mou er bu zai yong
|ping tsai ching erh pu tsai to chiang tsai mou erh pu tsai yung|
Saint of War
|wǔ shèng / wu3 sheng4 / wu sheng / wusheng|
|武||bu||wǔ / wu3 / wu|
|Warrior Within||武者之心||wǔ zhě zhī xīn|
wu3 zhe3 zhi1 xin1
wu zhe zhi xin
|wu che chih hsin
|ryuu bu shi|
ryu bu shi
|lóng wǔ shì|
long2 wu3 shi4
long wu shi
|lung wu shih
|Peaceful Warrior||平和の武士||hei wa no bu shi|
|Peaceful Warrior||平和的武士||píng hé de wǔ shì|
ping2 he2 de wu3 shi4
ping he de wu shi
|p`ing ho te wu shih
ping ho te wu shih
|lóng zhàn shì|
long2 zhan4 shi4
long zhan shi
|lung chan shih
|Silent Warrior||沉默的武士||chén mò de wǔ shì|
chen2 mo4 de wu3 shi4
chen mo de wu shi
|ch`en mo te wu shih
chen mo te wu shih
|jué xǐng wǔ shì|
jue2 xing3 wu3 shi4
jue xing wu shi
|chüeh hsing wu shih
|Holy Warrior||聖戦士||sei senshi / seisenshi|
|The Warrior Within||中の戦士||chuu no senshi|
chu no senshi
|nèi xīn zhàn shì|
nei4 xin1 zhan4 shi4
nei xin zhan shi
|nei hsin chan shih
|dà xiá / da4 xia2 / da xia / daxia||ta hsia / tahsia|
|Shadow Warrior||影武者||kagemusha||yīng wǔ zhǔ|
ying1 wu3 zhu3
ying wu zhu
|ying wu chu
|fēng zhōng zhàn shì|
feng1 zhong1 zhan4 shi4
feng zhong zhan shi
|feng chung chan shih
|Heart of a Warrior||戰士之心|
|zhàn shì zhī xīn|
zhan4 shi4 zhi1 xin1
zhan shi zhi xin
|chan shih chih hsin
|dòu lóng zhàn shì|
dou4 long2 zhan4 shi4
dou long zhan shi
|tou lung chan shih
|yōu líng zhàn shì|
you1 ling2 zhan4 shi4
you ling zhan shi
|yu ling chan shih
|The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel||武士の一言、金鉄の如し||bushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi|
|Spiritual Warrior||霊戦士||rei sen shi|
|藩士||sou hei / souhei / so hei||sēng bīng|
|It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war||花園里的戰士好過戰場上的園丁|
|huā yuán lǐ de zhàn shì hǎo guò zhàn chǎng shàng de yuán dīng huā yuán lǐ de zhàn shì hǎo guò zhàn chǎng shàng de yuán dīng ài wēng huā yuán lǐ de zhàn shì hǎo guò zhàn chǎng shàng de yuán dīng|
hua1 yuan2 li3 de zhan4 shi4 hao3 guo4 zhan4 chang3 shang4 de yuan2 ding1 hua1 yuan2 li3 de zhan4 shi4 hao3 guo4 zhan4 chang3 shang4 de yuan2 ding1 ai4 weng1 hua1 yuan2 li3 de zhan4 shi4 hao3 guo4 zhan4 chang3 shang4 de yuan2 ding1
hua yuan li de zhan shi hao guo zhan chang shang de yuan ding hua yuan li de zhan shi hao guo zhan chang shang de yuan ding ai weng hua yuan li de zhan shi hao guo zhan chang shang de yuan ding
|hua yüan li te chan shih hao kuo chan ch`ang shang te yüan ting hua yüan li te chan shih hao kuo chan ch`ang shang te yüan ting ai weng hua yüan li te chan shih hao kuo chan ch`ang shang te yüan ting
hua yüan li te chan shih hao kuo chan chang shang te yüan ting hua yüan li te chan shih hao kuo chan chang shang te yüan ting ai weng hua yüan li te chan shih hao kuo chan chang shang te yüan ting
|Warrior of God|
Soldier of God
|神の兵士||kami no heishi|
|Heart of a Warrior|
|武士心||bu shi kokoro|
|wǔ shì xīn|
wu3 shi4 xin1
wu shi xin
|wu shih hsin
|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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