The Name Ken in Japanese/Chinese on a Custom-Made Wall Scroll.

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  1. Ken

  2. Ken Zen Ichi Nyo

  3. Kaio-Ken

  4. Aiki-Ken

  5. Kaio-Ken

  6. Ki Ken-Tai Icchi

Ken Scroll

肯 is the name Ken in Chinese (Mandarin).

Ken Scroll

ケン is the name Ken in Japanese.

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

Ken Zen Ichi Nyo

ken zen ichi nyo
Ken Zen Ichi Nyo Scroll

拳禪一如 is a Japanese phrase that is often translated as “train both body and spirit.”

Here's the breakdown of the words in this phrase:
拳 means fist.
禅 is zen, which means meditation.
一如 is a word that means “to be just like,” “oneness,” “true nature,” or “true character.”

So to get to the translation of “train both body and spirit,” you must understand that “fist” is representing “body” and the idea of mediation is representing “mind.”

I have to say, this is not how I would translate this. To me, it's really about training with your mind and remembering that mediation is a huge part of training, not just your fist. As the Shaolin Buddhist monks show us, meditation is just as important as physical training in martial arts.

jiè wàng quán
kai ou ken
Kaio-Ken Scroll

界王拳 is the name Kaioken in Japanese. The meaning is World King Fist. This title is associated with Dragon Ball Z.

This can be pronounced in Chinese, but would only be recognized by Chinese fans of Dragon Ball Z.

ai ki ken
Aiki-Ken Scroll

合気剣 is Aiki-Ken, a style of Japanese sword technique.

jiè wáng quán
kai ou ken
Kaio-Ken Scroll

This is Kaiōken in Japanese.

界 = Community, circles, world, border, or boundary.
王 = King
拳 = Fist

Often translated as World Lord Fist, Fist of the World King, Kamajamaja (Norwegian), and Leptonski Udarac (Slovenian).

Associated with Goku's attack technique in Dragon Ball Z.

Ki Ken-Tai Icchi

ki ken tai icchi
Ki Ken-Tai Icchi Scroll

気剣体一致 is the title Ki Ken-Tai Icchi.

気 = energy, 剣 = sword, 体 = body, 一致 = synchronization/unity. So, “energy, sword, and body in unison” would be one way to translate this. Sometimes written with the possessive article, の, making it 気剣体の一致 or “Ki Ken-Tai no Icchi.” Let me know in the special instructions if you want that の character added by the calligrapher.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kenkěn / ken3 / kenk`en / ken
Ken Zen Ichi Nyo拳禪一如
ken zen ichi nyo
Kaio-Ken界王拳kai ou ken / kaiouken / kai o kenjiè wàng quán
jie4 wang4 quan2
jie wang quan
chieh wang ch`üan
chieh wang chüan
Aiki-Ken合気剣ai ki ken / aikiken
Kaio-Ken界王拳kai ou ken / kaiouken / kai o kenjiè wáng quán
jie4 wang2 quan2
jie wang quan
chieh wang ch`üan
chieh wang chüan
Ki Ken-Tai Icchi気剣体一致ki ken tai icchi
ki ken tai ichi
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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Ki Ken-Tai Icchi Scroll
Ki Ken-Tai Icchi Scroll
Ki Ken-Tai Icchi Scroll
Ki Ken-Tai Icchi Scroll

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