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• Highest quality Japanese embroidery available, done in house, by our own staff.

• Fast, accurate service: we normally ship within 7–10 days of receipt of your order.

Standard thread colors include black, dark brown, blue, midnight blue, navy blue, red, platinum white, sterling silver, traditional Japanese gold and gold luster. Traditional Japanese gold has more of an orange hue to it and the gold luster appears closer to the metal. Custom thread colors are also available on request.

• Custom design service: please call toll free,
1 800 717-6288.

• Produced using the finest material from manufacturers in Japan, Germany, and the United States.

• Guaranteed, FREE Japanese translations.

You can order all our martial arts embroidery designs in two distinct styles of calligraphy - Type A and Type B, as shown here at no extra cost.

Type A - Kaisho

 

Type B - Gyosho

When ordering a embroidered uniform or belt by telephone, we will ask you to send us the spelling of the name, or image of the kanji (Chinese character) you require us to embroider, (unless it is one of our standard, advertised, designs), via email or fax.

This is to ensure complete accuracy and avoid misunderstandings.


We translate non-Japanese names into Japanese using the most common English pronunciation and the katakana, phonetic alphabet. If your name is pronounced otherwise, please call us so we can hear the pronunciation over the phone and translate it precisely.

Translation is free for customers ordering embroidery.

The Japanese perceive English a little differently from native speakers so the name Smith, for example, is correctly rendered in Japanese as Smithu. Different translators may even use different combinations of katakana characters to produce the same sound, and both can be correct. However, for a precise rendition of an English name in Japanese, the translator needs to be completely fluent in both languages and, needless to say, ours are.

Quality: Our custom embroidery is created "in house" using the very best Japanese industrial embroidery machines and special software. We only embroider karate uniforms and belts, and have spent many years perfecting the process.

Calligraphy: We developed the concept of digitizing Japanese characters, stroke by stroke as they are written by Oriental calligraphers, and used it to produce "Gyosho," a computer generated typeface that retains all the warmth and beauty of the written original. (Please see below). Designs embroidered in "Gyosho" using titanium needles and the best quality tri-lobal Dacron embroidery threads from Japan and Germany are beautiful, durable, and unique to our company.

 

             
Aikido

Art of Self Defense

Bushido
Butokukai
Butokukan
Chito Ryu
Dentoukan
Goju Ryu
Goshinjutsu
Iaido
Isshin Ryu
Karate Do
Kobayashi Ryu
Kobudo
Kyokushinkai
Lone Wolf
Matsubayash Ryu
Phoenix
Seibukan
Shito Ryu
Shobayashi Ryu
     
Shohei Ryu
Shorinji
Shotokai Shotokan

Society For Study

Todedo Uechi Ryu
       
Unshakable Spirit
Wado Ryu
Yoshukai         

             
America
Budo
Certain Victory
Dojo
Family
Hanshi
Heaven & Earth
(Tenchi)
 
Japan
Judo
Jujutsu
Kendo
Kenpo
Kokusai
Kyoshi
Masterless
Warrior
Mushin
Peace

Peace and Tranquility

Renmei
Renshi
Ryukyu
Senpai
Sensei
Shihan
Shuri
Soke
Tode
Tradition
Universe
Water and Fragrance
White Crane
White Dragon
White Tiger
White Horse
White Wolf
   
1st Dan
Shodan
2nd Dan
Nidan
3rd Dan
Sandan
4th Dan
Yondan
5th Dan
Godan
6th Dan
Rokudan
7th Dan
Nandan
8th Dan
Hachidan
9th Dan
Kyudan
10th Dan
Judan

             
 
Cloud
Courage
Crane
Discipline
Dragon
East
Emptiness
(Mu)
   
Friend
Gods
Honor
Megumi

North

On
Patience
Respect
Samurai
School
(Ha)
Speed
Thunder
Tiger
Truth
Sincerity
         
West
Willow
(Flexibility)
         

             
Goju Ryu
Karate Do
Isshin Ryu
Karate Do
Japan Karate
Association

Karate Ni
Sente Nashi
Kobayashi Ryu
Karate Do
Nihon
Karate Do
Okinawan
Goju Ryu
Okinawan
Karate Do
Okinawan
Kobudo
Matsubayashi
Ryu Karate Do
Seibukan
Karate Do
Shito Ryu
Karate Do
Shobayashi Ryu
Karate Do
Shotokan
Karate Do
Uechi Ryu
Karate Do
Wado Ryu
Karate Do

 

Ken Zen Ichi Nyo-The Fist and Zen are One
*When embroidered on the back of a jacket,
we recommend using the extra large option.

 

Nana Korobi - Indomitable Spirit
*When embroidered on the back of a jacket,
we recommend using the extra large option.


Onko Chishin - Modern Knowledge From Ancient Wisdom.
*When embroidered on the back of a jacket,
we recommend using the extra large option.

 

Shin Gi Tai - Unite Your Mind, Body, and Technique.
*When embroidered on the back of a jacket,
we recommend using the extra large option.

 

 

Special Designs $25 each

Okinawan Flag

Shotokan Tiger


Shohei Ryu Crest

 

Special Design $30



God of War and Tea
(two color)



 

Special Design $20






Japanese Flag


 

Embroidery

Thirty years ago the Singer Commercial swing needle machine was the workhorse of the custom embroidery industry. The karate belt or uniform was guided by hand while the operator used a knee control to alter the "swing" or width of the needle's path to create the design. Even with a skilled and experienced embroiderer results were somewhat unpredictable and the sewing had the tendency to be of low density and would come unraveled as a result.

Other major drawbacks included the inability to produce exact duplicates of designs, and insufficient power to sew through the entire belt. This meant that the covering material had to be embroidered first then the belt assembled by sewing over the face of the design, noticeably detracting from its appearance.

Technology has come to the rescue, but at a price. Modern Japanese embroidery machines like the Tajima multi-needle units we use are run by special software that allows size, stitch density, and sequence to be carefully programmed into the machine before sewing begins.

Artistically speaking, the new machines have opened up many avenues. For example, we have developed a way to create the three dimensional effect of hand rendered Japanese calligraphy by individually digitizing the characters of a classic script of the Gyosho.

We sew the calligraphy with almost twice the normal amount of stitching. This gives great visual depth, excellent base coverage, and superb color density. The end result is an elegant design that is both true to the calligrapher's art and robust enough to withstand serious use. It is also very, very beautiful!

The cost of all this? A modern Japanese embroidery machine with the full software package will cost you about as much as a new Lexus. And just think, when you buy a new Meijin uniform the embroidery is FREE! (up to value of $15.00).

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Order Desk: (800) 717-6288
As we produce, publish, or manufacture much of what we sell,
we welcome questions of a technical nature on
(818) 889-3856
(8am-8pm PST Mon-Sat)

Dragon Associates Inc.
P.O. Box 3691, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359

e-mail:  mamasan@dragon-tsunami.org