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Zen in the Martial Arts
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Manufacturer: Bantam
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Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 100
EAN: 9780553275599
ISBN: 0553275593
Label: Bantam
Manufacturer: Bantam
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 1982-07-01
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: 1982-06-01
Studio: Bantam

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"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."--Samurai Maximum.

Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life-enriching your relationships with people, as well as helping you make use of all your abilities.


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Summary: Read it over and over and find something different each time.
Comment: I was given this book by a fellow martial artist about 8 years ago when I was training for my 2nd degree Black Belt. I thought it would be a book about Zen "in" martial arts. This book is so much more. I have read it dozens of times. Honestly, I have given copies of this inexpensive little book to many of my close friends who have no invovlement in martial arts. All have come back at some point to tell me how much they enjoyed it and passed it on or recommended it to others. If you read it once, you will want to read it again and again. This book is like the petals of a flower. Each time you read it(or peel away a petal)you will find another facet of wisdom that applies to everyday life. Each chapter only takes up 3 to four pages but each stands alone in concept and thought. It is a wonderful book.

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Summary: More than the fighting aspects of martial arts
Comment: As a martial arts fan in the 70's, I enjoyed the references to the big name martial artists of the day, like Bong Soo Han. Joe Hyams describes how his martial arts training helped him in his daily life. This included holding his own during a meeting and recovering from a serious illness during a trip in Europe. If you are only interested in busting heads, this book might not have much appeal to you. If you are of the sort who wonders why martial arts incorporates the importance of self-control, respect, breath control and spirituality, then this small book holds some answers. The book motivated me to train more diligently.

Doug Setter, Bsc.
Author of Stomach Flattening

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Summary: Zen in the Martial Arts--a tribute to exaggeration of benefits
Comment: This is a fine book. The problem for me in it deals with the subject more than the treatment. Martial arts, and the Zen attitude toward it, presents exaggerated benefits. One doubts that it produces personal superpowers. That seems a myth. It reminds me of what Hirohito's wife said after World War II, which was that the nation should have paid more attention to science and less to spirit. That is, they assumed that simply through zen discipline, they could overpower all the nations of the Pacific, as well as the United States. It didn't work that way. Similarly, with all the benefits that Zen may confer on the martial artist, it may not amount to a complete transformation of experience, as the author seems to propose. Still, it is a good book and well worth reading.

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Summary: if you are taking martial arts-buy this book!
Comment: Amazing. Simply amazing. I just started taking Shotokan karate and i absolutely love it. So, I wanted to learn a little bit more and expand my knowledge of the art. Joe (the guy who wrote the book) trained with Bruce Lee among other legendary masters. The book gives you insight into the art and also how to focus on what's really important in life. It's a quick read about his many years of training all over the world and what he has learned from it. Also, he explains how he uses his lessons in real life situations.

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Summary: Zen in the Martial Arts
Comment: One of the best books I have ever read. It teaches that you need to become what you are doing. If that doesn't make sense to you now read the book and you'll find out.
It's only a very small book and can be read in a day or two.
It's a small book with a big message.


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