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Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield

doujou de naki senjou de warau
Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield Scroll

道場で泣き戦場で笑う is a Japanese phrase that means, "Cry in the dojo, laugh on the battlefield".

You'll see this phrase in a lot of dojos as a kind of philosophical joke.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

See Also:  The More We Sweat in Training the Less We Bleed in Battle

Shinken Shobu

Death Match

shinken shoubu
Shinken Shobu Scroll

In modern Japanese, this means to take something very seriously.

The literal and historic meaning is "real sword battle". In old times, a Samurai apprentice would practice with a wooden practice sword. Once they were trained and qualified, they would wield a real steal sword, made for battle and killing. They were ready for a "death match" or Shinken Shobu.

真剣 is an adjective that has come to mean serious or earnest. The literal translation being "real sword".

勝負 in the simplest terms means match, contest, game, or bout. Depending on the context, it could also mean victory or defeat, winning and losing, or the outcome of a battle.

There is a suggestion in Shinken Shobu that you train with serious and real intent, as we should train with the same fervor and dedication as if the battle was real. "Train as we fight".

See Also:  The More We Sweat in Training the Less We Bleed in Battle

Warriors Adapt and Overcome

Soldiers need a fluid plan

bīng wú cháng shì shuǐ wú cháng xíng
Warriors Adapt and Overcome Scroll

This literally translates as: Troops/soldiers/warriors have no fixed [battlefield] strategy [just as] water has no constant shape [but adapts itself to whatever container it is in].

Figuratively, this means: One should seek to find whatever strategy or method is best suited to resolving each individual problem.

This proverb is about as close as you can get to the military idea of "adapt improvise overcome". 兵無常勢水無常形 is best way to express that idea in both an ancient way, and a very natural way in Chinese.

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ā xiū luó
    a1 xiu1 luo2
a hsiu lo
 ashura; asura
    あしゅら; あすら
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Asura, malevolent spirits in Indian mythology
{Buddh} Asura; demigod; anti-god; titan; demigods that fight the Devas (gods) in Hindu mythology; (female given name) Ashura
asura, 修羅 originally meaning a spirit, spirits, or even the gods, it generally indicates titanic demons, enemies of the gods, with whom, especially Indra, they wage constant war. They are defined as 'not devas', and 'ugly', and 'without wine'. Other forms are 阿須羅 (or 阿蘇羅, or 阿素羅); 阿修倫 (or羅須倫 or 阿修輪 or 羅須輪); 阿素洛; 阿差. Four classes are named according to their manner of rebirth-egg, born, womb-born, transformation-born, and spawn- or water-born. Their abode is in the ocean, north of Sumeru, but certain of the weaker dwell in a western mountain cave. They have realms, rulers, and palaces, as have the devas. The 阿修羅道 is one of the six gatis, or ways of reincarnation. The 修羅場 or 修羅巷 is the battlefield of the asuras against Indra. The 阿修羅琴 are their harps.


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 seirou / sero
wooden watchtower; battlefield watchtower


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 shuukotsu / shukotsu
(n,vs,vt,vi) (1) collecting bones and remains (e.g. on a battlefield); (n,vs,vt,vi) (2) putting cremated remains in an urn


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{mil} war area; battlefield; theater; theatre


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 senjou(p); ikusaba / senjo(p); ikusaba
    せんじょう(P); いくさば
battlefield; battleground; (surname) Senba


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old battlefield


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battle array; battle formation; battlefield



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zhàn dì
    zhan4 di4
chan ti



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zhàn chǎng
    zhan4 chang3
chan ch`ang
    chan chang
battlefield; CL:個|个[ge4]



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zhàn kuàng
    zhan4 kuang4
chan k`uang
    chan kuang
battlefield situation; battle progress



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bài zhèn
    bai4 zhen4
pai chen
to be defeated on the battlefield; to be beaten in a contest



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lóu lǔ
    lou2 lu3
lou lu
watch tower; movable battlefield turret



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shā chǎng
    sha1 chang3
sha ch`ang
    sha chang
sandpit; battleground; battlefield



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jiāng chǎng
    jiang1 chang3
chiang ch`ang
    chiang chang


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xuè tián
    xue4 tian2
hsüeh t`ien
    hsüeh tien
field of blood; battlefield; hateful place; Aceldama (field bought by Judas Iscariot with his 30 pieces of silver in Matthew 27:7)


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xuè lù
    xue4 lu4
hsüeh lu
desperate getaway (from a battlefield); to cut a bloody path out of a battlefield
way out; means of escape


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(See 戦場) battlefield; battleground; (surname) Gunba



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jun zhèn
    jun1 zhen4
chün chen
battle formation
camp; battlefield


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(n,vs,vi) moving from one battlefield to another; fighting on successive fronts; fighting in various battles


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(1) {mil} field battle; field operations; open battle; (2) battlefield; battlefront



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yě zhàn
    ye3 zhan4
yeh chan
battlefield operation; paintball


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 kosou / koso
(noun/participle) (1) (obscure) motivating the troops on the battlefield with war drums and war cries; (2) (obscure) making an uproar


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 kosou / koso
(noun/participle) (1) (obscure) motivating the troops on the battlefield with war drums and war cries; (2) (obscure) making an uproar


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 shusenjou / shusenjo
main theater of war; principal battlefield



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xiū luó chǎng
    xiu1 luo2 chang3
hsiu lo ch`ang
    hsiu lo chang
 shuraba; shurajou(ok) / shuraba; shurajo(ok)
    しゅらば; しゅらじょう(ok)
(1) fighting scene; scene of carnage (bloodshed); (2) (しゅらじょう only) (See 阿修羅・あしゅら,帝釈天・たいしゃくてん) location of the fight between the Asuras and Shakra; (3) (しゅらば only) (colloquialism) difficulties (in a love relationship); (4) (しゅらば only) (colloquialism) crunch time (esp. for cartoonists)
lit. battlefield of asuras; lit. battlefield of asuras



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xiū luó jun
    xiu1 luo2 jun1
hsiu lo chün
 shura no ikusa
The army of asuras, fighting on the 修羅場 asura battlefield against Indra; army of titans


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 kosenjou / kosenjo
ancient battlefield; (place-name) Kosenjou



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dì yī xiàn
    di4 yi1 xian4
ti i hsien
 daiissen / daissen
front line; forefront
the front (of a battlefield); forefront


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(1) grapple; scuffle; fight; (2) defeating one's enemy on the battlefield


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(1) grapple; scuffle; fight; (2) defeating one's enemy on the battlefield

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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
Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield道場で泣き戦場で笑うdoujou de naki senjou de warau
dojo de naki senjo de warau
Shinken Shobu真剣勝負shinken shoubu
shinken shobu
Warriors Adapt and Overcome兵無常勢水無常形
bīng wú cháng shì shuǐ wú cháng xíng
bing1 wu2 chang2 shi4 shui3 wu2 chang2 xing2
bing wu chang shi shui wu chang xing
ping wu ch`ang shih shui wu ch`ang hsing
ping wu chang shih shui wu chang hsing
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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