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  1. Kai

  2. Isshin-Kai / Isshinkai

  3. Kai Zen / Kaizen

  4. Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

  5. Wado-Kai Aikido

  6. Wado-Kai

  7. Armor

  8. Wado-Ryu

  9. Wado-Ryu Karate


Kai

China kǎi
Japan tanoshi
Kai Vertical Wall Scroll

凱 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Kai.

This Chinese character means triumphant or victorious. In Chinese, it can be the surname, Kai.

Note: In Japanese this can be the given name Tanoshi.

Kai

Japan kai
Kai Vertical Wall Scroll

カイ is the name Kai written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Isshin-Kai / Isshinkai

Japan isshin kai
Isshin-Kai / Isshinkai Vertical Wall Scroll

一心会 is the Japanese martial arts title "Isshinkai" or "Isshin-Kai."

It literally means "One Heart Association" or "Single-Heart Club." This title is often associated with Isshin-Ryu Aikido and Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do. This title is appropriate for the name for a dojo that teaches these styles.

Kai Zen / Kaizen

China gǎi shàn
Japan kai zen
Kai Zen / Kaizen Vertical Wall Scroll

改善 means betterment, improvement, to make better, or to improve - specifically incremental and continuous improvement.

改善 became very important in post-war Japan when Edwards Deming came to Japan to teach concepts of incremental and continuous improvement (for which the big 3 auto-makers did not want to hear about at the time - even kicking Deming out of their offices). The Japanese workforce absorbed this concept at a time with their culture was in flux and primed for change.

This kaizen term is closely associated with the western title "Total Quality Management." Perhaps dear to my heart since I spent years studying this at university before I moved to China where TQM did not seem to exist. Slowly, this concept has entered China as well (I've actually given lectures on the subject in Beijing).

If you are trying to improve processes at your business or need to remind yourself of your continuous TQM goals, this would be a great wall scroll to hang behind your desk, or in your workplace.


See Also:  Kansei

Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

Japanese Genbu Karate Club
China rì běn kōng shǒu dào xuán wǔ huì
Japan ni ppon kara te dou gen bu kai
Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai Vertical Wall 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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Wado-Kai Aikido

Japan wa dou kai ai ki do
Wado-Kai Aikido Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the title for Wado-Kai Aikido.


See Also:  Wado-Ryu

Wado-Kai

Japan wa dou kai
Wado-Kai Vertical Wall Scroll

Wado-Kai is used as a title for styles of Karate and Aikido.

Breaking down the characters into the proper Japanese Romaji, you have "wa dou kai" or "wa dō kai." The meaning is roughly-translated as "Harmony Way Club" or "Peace Method Association." The first Kanji should probably be read as harmony, rather than peace in this case.


See Also:  Wado-Ryu

Armor

China kǎi
Japan yoroi
Armor Vertical Wall Scroll

Armor 鎧 is a simple way to write armor or armour in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be Yoroi (a Japanese place-name). It can also refer to mail as in chain mail.

Wado-Ryu

Style of Karate or Jujitsu
Japan wa dou ryuu
Wado-Ryu Vertical Wall Scroll

Wado-Ryu is a style of Karate or Jujutsu (Jujitsu).
Note: Many will argue as to whether this is a style of Karate or Jujutsu.

While some find Wado-Ryu similar to Shotokan Karate, enough differences exist in perspective and technique that it stands by itself.

Breaking down the characters into the proper Japanese Romaji, you have "wa dou ryuu" or "wa dō ryū." The meaning is roughly-translated as "Harmony Way Style" or "Peace Method Style." The first Kanji should probably be read as harmony, rather than peace in this case.


See Also:  Wado-Kai

Wado-Ryu Karate

Japan wa dou ryuu kara te
Wado-Ryu Karate Vertical Wall Scroll

和道流空手 is the Japanese martial arts title, "Wado-Ryu Karate."


See Also:  Wado-Kai




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kai
tanoshikǎi / kai3 / kaik`ai / kai
Kaiカイkai
Isshin-Kai
Isshinkai
一心会 / 一心會
一心会
isshin kai / isshinkai / ishin kai / ishinkai
Kai Zen
Kaizen
改善kai zen / kaizengǎi shàn / gai3 shan4 / gai shan / gaishankai shan / kaishan
Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai日本空手道玄武會
日本空手道玄武会
ni ppon kara te dou gen bu kai
nipponkaratedougenbukai
ni pon kara te do gen bu kai
niponkaratedogenbukai
rì běn kōng shǒu dào xuán wǔ huì
ri4 ben3 kong1 shou3 dao4 xuan2 wu3 hui4
ri ben kong shou dao xuan wu hui
jih pen k`ung shou tao hsüan wu hui
jih pen kung shou tao hsüan wu hui
Wado-Kai Aikido和道會合気道
和道会合気道
wa dou kai ai ki do
wadoukaiaikido
wa do kai ai ki do
wadokaiaikido
Wado-Kai和道會
和道会
wa dou kai / wadoukai / wa do kai / wadokai
Armor
yoroikǎi / kai3 / kaik`ai / kai
Wado-Ryu和道流wa dou ryuu
wadouryuu
wa do ryu
wadoryu
Wado-Ryu Karate和道流空手wa dou ryuu kara te
wadouryuukarate
wa do ryu kara te
wadoryukarate
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.