Custom Karate-do Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

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  1. Karate-Do

  2. Goju Ryu Karate-Do

  3. Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

  4. Shidokan Karate-Do

  5. Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

  6. Shotokan Karate-Do

  7. Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do

  8. Danketsu Karate-Do

  9. Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do

10. Isshin Ryu Karate Do

11. Kempo Karate / Law of the Fist Empty Hand

12. Law of the Fist Karate / Kempo Karate

13. Goju Ryu

14. Shorinji Kempo / Kenpo


Karate-Do

kōng shǒu dào
kara te dou
Karate-Do Scroll

The literal meaning of these characters is "empty hand method" or "empty hand way".

Credit is given that karate started in China but migrated and became refined, and vastly popular in Japan.

Karate is a martial art that uses no blades of weapons other than the "natural weapons" that God gave to humans (fists and feet). The last character somehow became optional but the meaning of that character is "method" or "the way" as in Taoism / Daoism.

Goju Ryu Karate-Do

gou juu ryuu kara te dou
Goju Ryu Karate-Do Scroll

This is the title of the Goju-Ryu Karate-Do school of martial arts.

Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

Japanese Genbu Karate Club
rì běn kōng shǒu dào xuán wǔ huì
ni ppon kara te dou gen bu kai
Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai Scroll

This is the title for Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai.
A Japanese karate association of the Genbu school.

Note that while this title does make perfect sense in Chinese, it is really a Japanese title. In fact, the first word is "Japanese/Japan".


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Shidokan Karate-Do

shi dou kan kara te dou
Shidokan Karate-Do Scroll

This is the full Japanese title for Shidōkan Karate-Do, a style of full-contact karate.

This is a newer karate style, founded in 1980 by Yoshiji Soeno.

Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do Scroll

This is the title for Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do.
A school of Karate.

Note that while this title can be pronounced in Chinese, it only makes complete sense in Japanese.

Shotokan Karate-Do

sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
shou tou kan kara te dou
Shotokan Karate-Do Scroll

These Japanese Kanji make up the title for Shotokan Karate.

This should be considered a Japanese-only title. It does make sense and is pronounceable in Chinese and Korean but only as a title for a building (perhaps a martial arts hall) surrounded by pine trees - followed by the characters for "The empty hand method" (kong shou dao / Karate-do). Also, the first two characters were simplified in both Japanese and Chinese. The third character was simplified in Chinese but not Japanese.

Upon request, we can offer the fully traditional Chinese version but be sure you know what you are asking for.

Note: This would be understood in Chinese and Korean Hanja by a person from those cultures who is familiar with martial arts and various schools of Japanese karate.

Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do

ue chi ryuu kara te dou
Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Scroll

上地流空手道 is the title of the Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do school of Okinawan martial arts.

Uechi actually means "higher stages of practice" in a Buddhist context.

Danketsu Karate-Do

dan ketsu kara te dou
Danketsu Karate-Do Scroll

団結空手道 is the title for Danketsu Karate-Do, a dojo located in Stroudsburg, PA.

団結 (danketsu) means union, unity, or combination.

空手道 (karate-do) means "empty hand way".


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Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do

matsu bayashi ryu kara te dou
Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do Scroll

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".

Just a little note: 松 can also be written in the traditional form of 鬆.

Isshin Ryu Karate Do

i sshin ryuu kara te dou
Isshin Ryu Karate Do Scroll

This is the full title for Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do.

The literal meaning is "one heart method empty hand way".

There are also other ways you can translate this, but if you are looking for this title, you already know that.

This would make a great wall scroll for your dojo or private studio, if you study this form of Japanese (technically from Okinawa) Karate.

Because this is a specifically-Japanese title, I strongly recommend that you select our Japanese Master Calligrapher to create this artwork for you.

Kempo Karate / Law of the Fist Empty Hand

kōng shǒu quán fǎ
kara te ken pou
Kempo Karate / Law of the Fist Empty Hand Scroll

The first two characters mean "karate" - technically they express "empty hand".

The last two express "fist law" which is Romanized from Japanese as "Kenpo" or "Kempo".

That "empty hand" translation can be understood better when you grasp the idea that karate is a martial art without weapons (other than the weapons organic to your body, such as your foot, hand, fist, etc). When you practice karate, you do so with empty hands (no weapons).

Note: There is also an antiquated way to write karate. It has the same pronunciation but a different first character which means "Tang" as in the Tang Dynasty. Some dojos use that form - let us know if you need that alternate form, and we'll add it for you.

Law of the Fist Karate / Kempo Karate

quán fǎ táng shǒu
ken pou kara te
Law of the Fist Karate / Kempo Karate Scroll

The first two characters mean "fist law" which is Romanized from Japanese as "Kenpo" or "Kempo".

The last two are a secondary way to express "karate".

Notes:
The more common way to express "karate" is literally "empty hand" (meaning "without weapons in your hand"). This version would be translated literally as "Tang hand" (as in the Tang Dynasty) or "China hand" (sometimes "Tang" means "China" in Japanese). Even though the character for "Tang" is used instead of "empty", it's still pronounced "kara-te" in Japanese.

拳法唐手 is not commonly used in China - so please consider it to be a Japanese-only title.

Many Japanese people will say the last two Kanji are the old and antiquated way to say Karate. This fact does not stop this title from existing, as these four characters are often seen in Kenpo / Kempo Dojos around the western world.

Goju Ryu

gou juu ryuu
Goju Ryu Scroll

剛柔流 is the title of the Goju-Ryu or Gōjū-Ryū school / style of Karate / Japanese martial arts.

Shorinji Kempo / Kenpo

shào lín sì quán fǎ
shourinji kenpou
Shorinji Kempo / Kenpo Scroll

少林寺拳法 is a specific type of martial arts in Japan that claims origins in the Kung Fu practiced in the original Shaolin Monastery of China.

The first three characters mean "Shaolin Monastery" and you might notice the Japanese is pronounced in a very similar way. 少林寺拳法 is because many words were "borrowed" from the original Chinese when Japan did not have a written language and simply absorbed Chinese characters into their language around the 5th century. When a Japanese word did not exist, the Chinese pronunciation was often absorbed as well as the written form.

The last two characters mean "fist law" or "method of the fist". It has long been argued as to whether the Japanese for these characters should be Romanized as "kempo" or "kenpo". The official method should be "kenpou" but it's common to drop the "u" that comes after the "o".

I imagine if you are looking for this title, you already know what it means, so the above is simply extra information that a student of Shorinji Kempo might want to know.




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