# How to express “Stone Master” as a compliment

I dabble in Shodo and I am designing a calligraphy to give as a gif to a martial arts master.

He is French, and his name is Pierre (Pierre, just like all other derivatives of Latin "Petrus", like Peter, Pietro, Pedro, Piotr... all come from a root word meaning Stone... in fact in French Pierre translates to Peter as a personal name, and to "stone" when used as a word for a thing).

So I wanted to write a Kanji combination to express the concept of Stone Master, and I come up with:

主

My question: what would the effect on someone who is fluent in Japanese?

I understand this is not a common word, but I just want to be sure that it is not demeaning/funny/inappropriate (I expect him to hang it in his dojo where it will be also seen by some Japanese person in the future).

I also appreciate any suggestion about something that is - in your opinion - better/more appropriate/more "honorific" for the same concept, as long as, if possible, it is written in Kanji only, which works better for me when doing Shodo.

Further remarks:

According to this (but take in account that I had to use Google Translator because I do not know Chinese at all) "石主" in Chinese it is some sort of mythical figure.

Final (?) note

Thanks everybody, in the end I went for a different idea altogether

• English "master" has a lot of meanings, so could you be more specific about its meaning? Are you just trying to say "Master Pierre", or are you trying to say something more fantasy-like, say, "Pierre, The Master of Stone"? Or something else? – naruto Jan 15 '19 at 11:14
• My question: what would the effect on someone who is fluent in Japanese? That is a tough question because over 99% of Japanese-speakers would not even know that "Pierre" means "stone" in the first place. Even I, who is among the remaining 1%, would not know what 「石主」 meant without an explanation. Upon seeing 「石主」 with no explanation, most Japanese-speakers (myself included) would think it means "the owner of some kind of stone". – l'électeur Jan 15 '19 at 12:01
• @naruto: "Master" in the sense of "Teacher", "Expert". He is a Martial Art master, and this is what we are trying to celebrate. "Stone Warrior" would be also acceptable, but we are his students so I thought that something implying excellency at the art, more than proficiency on the battlefield would be better. – p.marino Jan 15 '19 at 12:22
• @l'électeur - the "inner joke' about Pierre/Stone is something that does need to be immediately understood by a casual Japanese user: we will explain "why there is a stone in the title" directly to him (also, one of the probable visitors is a Japanese Martial Artist who moved to France ages ago and is fluent in French). I am just concerned about something that does not sound silly. In this sense "owner of a stone" is not what we want to convey , and so I would appreciate some suggestion to make it more "solemn". – p.marino Jan 15 '19 at 12:25
• @everyone: maybe "石戦士" would be less ambiguous, sound like a badass fantasy character and be more appropriate? – p.marino Jan 15 '19 at 12:30