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China róu dào
Japan judo
Judo Vertical Wall Scroll

柔道 is the martial art invented in Japan and known as "Judo" around the world.

Translated directly, it means "Gentle Way" or "Flexible Way"

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Heart of Judo

China róu
Japan yawara
Heart of Judo Vertical Wall Scroll

This Kanji literally means flexible, pliable, gentle, or yielding. 柔 is also the first Kanji of the Japanese martial arts titles of Judo and Jujutsu (Jujitsu). In those cases, it's pronounced "ju" in Japanese. However, alone, the classic pronunciation is "yawara." Some translate this Kanji (in the context of martial arts) as "The Heart of Judo."

Please note that this just means pliable, gentle, and yielding in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. They do know what Judo and Jujitsu are but if this character is seen alone in China or Korea, people generally will not think of the martial arts context.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin róu dào / rou2 dao4
Taiwan jou tao
Japanese juudou / judo / じゅうどう
Heart of Judo Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese judo
Japanese judo


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Japanese kuroobi / くろおび Japanese black belt (judo, karate, etc.)

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Japanese shime / しめ Japanese (1) tie up; bind; fastening; tightening; (2) sum; total amount; total; (3) (martial arts term) judo choking (strangling) techniques; (4) (food term) last meal eaten when going restaurant hopping; (5) completion; conclusion; rounding off; (counter) (6) counter for bundles; counter for faggots; counter for bundles of 2000 sheets of paper; (7) end mark; closure mark; (female given name) Shime

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Mandarin huó / huo2
Taiwan huo
Japanese katsu / かつ
Chinese to live; alive; living; work; workmanship
Japanese (1) living; life; (2) (See 活を入れる・1) judo art of resuscitation; (suffix) (3) (abbreviation) (See 活動・1) action; activity; (personal name) Katsuji; (given name) Katsu; (personal name) Ikuru; (female given name) Iki
jīva, jīvaka; alive, living, lively, revive, movable; be lively



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Mandarin zhōng jiān / zhong1 jian1
Taiwan chung chien
Japanese chuuken / chuken / ちゅうけん
Chinese core; nucleus; backbone
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) main body (of troops); (2) nucleus; backbone; mainstay; key figure; (3) center field; centre field; center fielder; centre fielder; (4) (See 先鋒・せんぽう・2) athlete competing in the middle-number match in a team competition, i.e. second in 3-on-3, third in 5-on-5 (kendo, judo, etc.); (noun - becomes adjective with の) (5) medium-level; mid-level; midsize; (surname) Nakano; (place-name) Nakadate


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Japanese randori / らんどり Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (martial arts term) randori (freestyle judo training)


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Japanese randori / らんどり Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (martial arts term) randori (freestyle judo training)


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Mandarin rú tóng / ru2 tong2
Taiwan ju t`ung / ju tung
Japanese judō
a youth


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Japanese judou / judo / じゅどう Japanese Confucianism



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Mandarin xiān fēng / xian1 feng1
Taiwan hsien feng
Japanese senpou / senpo / せんぽう
Chinese vanguard; pioneer; avant-garde
Japanese (1) advance guard; vanguard; (2) athlete who competes in the first match of a team competition (kendo, judo, etc.)


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Japanese uchimomo / うちもも    uchimata / うちまた Japanese inner thigh; (1) inner thigh; (noun/participle) (2) (walking) pigeon-toed; one's toes turned inward; (3) uchimata (judo); throwing an opponent by putting one's leg between their legs


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Japanese fukushou / fukusho / ふくしょう Japanese (1) second in command; (2) (See 先鋒・せんぽう・2) fourth athlete to compete in a 5-on-5 team competition (kendo, judo, etc.)


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Japanese dori / どり    tori / とり Japanese (suffix noun) (1) samurai receiving this much rice as a fee; (2) offering of rice cake containing this much rice; (3) (obsolete) person receiving this amount of money as a salary; (n,n-suf) (1) taking; taker; collecting; collector; remover; removal; (2) last performer of the day (usu. the star performer); last performance of the day; (3) active partner (e.g. in judo demonstration); (prefix) (4) emphatic or formal prefix


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Japanese torite / とりて    totte / とって Japanese (1) recipient; receiver; acceptor; taker; (2) (martial arts term) (sumo) skilled practitioner (of judo, sumo, etc.); (3) person who picks up the cards (in karuta games); handle; grip; knob; (place-name) Toride


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Japanese judou / judo / じゅどう Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) passive


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Japanese yawara / やわら Japanese judo; jujutsu


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Japanese taishou(p);daishou / taisho(p);daisho / たいしょう(P);だいしょう Japanese (1) general; admiral; (2) head; chief; leader; boss; kingpin; (3) (familiar language) (familiar or jocular term for addressing a male) old chap; mate; boss; chief; man; (4) (See 先鋒・せんぽう・2) athlete who competes in the last match of a team competition (kendo, judo, etc.); (given name) Hiromasa


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Japanese newaza / ねわざ Japanese (1) (in wrestling or judo) pinning technique; (2) underhanded dealings


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Japanese newaza / ねわざ Japanese (1) (in wrestling or judo) pinning technique; (2) underhanded dealings


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Japanese kowaza / こわざ Japanese finer points (e.g. in judo); little tricks


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Japanese yamaarashi / yamarashi / やまあらし Japanese (1) mountain storm; (2) {MA} yamaarashi; judo throwing technique


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Japanese nagewaza / なげわざ Japanese (sumo) (martial arts term) throw or throwing technique (sumo, judo)



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Mandarin zhǐ dǎo / zhi3 dao3
Taiwan chih tao
Japanese shidou / shido / しどう
Chinese to guide; to give directions; to direct; to coach; guidance; tuition; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) guidance; leadership; instruction; direction; coaching; (2) {MA} shido (disciplinary action for a minor infringement of the rules of judo)


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Japanese yuukou / yuko / ゆうこう Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (ant: 無効) valid; effective; (2) {MA} yuko (judo)


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Japanese yawara / やわら Japanese judo; jujutsu


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Japanese yokoguruma / よこぐるま Japanese (exp,n) (1) (See 横車を押す) perverseness; obstinacy; something unreasonable (like pushing a cart from the side (instead of from behind)); (2) side wheel throw (judo); (surname) Yokoguruma


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Japanese judou / judo / じゅどう Japanese tree hollow; hollow in a tree


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Japanese jihou / jiho / じほう Japanese (See 先鋒・せんぽう・2) second athlete to compete in a 5-on-5 team competition (kendo, judo, etc.)


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Japanese ukigoshi / うきごし Japanese (1) wavering; unsteady; (2) (martial arts term) floating hip throw (judo)


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Japanese shimewaza / しめわざ Japanese (martial arts term) shime-waza (judo stranglehold)

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Judo柔道judoróu dào / rou2 dao4 / rou dao / roudaojou tao / joutao
Heart of Judoyawararóu / rou2 / roujou

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