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Martial Arts Character Wall Decor

Here's a 10” x 10” (25.4 cm x 25.4 cm) leatherette covered decor sign with the Chinese (also Japanese kanji and Korean hanja) character for martial arts, 武 (wǔ), cut from gold ADA appliqué plastic.

In the photos you see wall signs in black, rawhide, and rosé colors.

The character 武 (wǔ) means military or of the martial arts. It’s pronounced in Japanese as mu or bu; in Korean as mu or moo. What’s interesting is that it consists of 止 and 戈. It’s easy to spot the 止 part on the bottom left hand side of 武 (wǔ). For the 戈 part, picture that long diagonal stroke being moved from the lower middle bottom towards the upper left. Or maybe imagine that stroke symbolizes an arm. Instead of holding or grabbing a weapon, the arm moves up to feel the head as if to think before acting. That stroke looks horizontal on the upper left. I’d say it’s “levelheaded!”

止 means stop. 戈 is the general term for weapon or war. An ancient Chinese book written about 300 BC contains a phrase 止戈為武, literally 止 (stop) 戈 (war) 為 (is) 武 (wǔ), meaning the essence of 武 (wǔ) is to stop (止) fights or wars (戈).

The Art of War by Sun Tzu, written maybe in the 5th century BC, has a similar concept. Sun Tzu states it’s not best to go to war 100 times and win 100 times (百戰百勝); what is better is to 不戰而屈人之兵, literally 不 (no) 戰 (war, fighting) 而 (and) 屈 (bend) 人之 (other’s) 兵 (force), meaning the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting at all.



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Martial Arts Character Wall Decor

$50.00


The character can be in gold ADA plastic or real wood with color.

Choose the wall decor (background) in the color of your choice here.



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