Zen in the Martial Arts

Zen in the Martial Arts

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by Joe Hyams
     
 

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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

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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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"If one of your goals is to live with maximum zest and minimum stress, read Zen In The Martial Arts. The great beauty of the book is that as Hyams' mind receives enlightenment, so does our."--Playboy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553260786
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1982
Pages:
144

Meet the Author

Joe Hyams
(1923–2008) was a columnist and bestselling author most known for his biographies of such Hollywood stars as Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, and Lauren
Bacall. Hyams became involved in the martial arts during his service in the US
Army, where he was frequently attacked for being Jewish. His years of studying with such figures as Bruce Lee and Ed Parker laid the groundwork for his 1979
book Zen in the Martial Arts.

Jim Meskimen is a stage, film, and television actor who has appeared in many well-known movies and television shows. He acted in Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon for director Ron Howard, both of which were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. His television appearances include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, and Parks and Recreation. Jim is also a painter and audiobook director for Galaxy Audio, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Tamra Meskimen.

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Zen in the Martial Arts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
loadersgirl More than 1 year ago
I am taking Martial Arts and our Instructor reads a story out of Zen in the Martial Arts once a week at the end of class. I wanted to buy the book for myself so that I could highlight what is important to me and make my own kind of notes on thoughts that have come to me when reading it. I feel it is a book that you can apply to your everday life. It can be used not just for Martial Arts, but anytime, so the examples in it can be utilized by any profession. I would suggest anybody to buy this book and read it, and see what they can pull out of it to apply to their lives.
James0627 More than 1 year ago
Well as a high schooler i actually though this was pretty good. Being in martial arts really helped with all of his analogies. This is a must read for anyone in martial arts or seeking some sort of daily living tips.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard criticism of this book citing the fact that Mr. Hyams is not a very accomplished martial artist (He never claims to be in this book.). and that the depth of his understanding of zen is open to question (as would be my own). For me neither of these criticisms bother me in the least and shouldn't dissuade anyone from placing this little gem on their bookshelf. Here we have a book about a man who trained with many of the best martial arts practitioners available in the West in his time ( Parker, Lee, Han etc. )and while he may not have drank as deeply from the cup as some (who am I to judge?)he was able to sample what there was to offer from far more sources than many of us ever will. He also was able to learn many lessons which he was able to apply with significance to his life outside the dojo. Hitting a special chord within me was his recounting how, during a very dramatic medical emergency, he was able to slow down his breathing by using the breathing exercises he had learned in his aikido class and avert having a heart attack. A clear example of the benefits of training extending beyond the the narrow confines of martial technique. This book really is one man's odyssey through various martial paths and their significance to him, but they are written so well and in such an engaging way that I feel that I have learned these lessons along with him. I felt that this book was one of the more significant books on the subject that has actual appeal even to the less serious practitioner or the non-practitioner of the martial arts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's amazing that just by reading the personal experience of a martial artist can put your mind in the same state as his. There's a saying that said ' Experience teaches experience ! ' This book is base on experience and you will gain so much more experience for yourself by reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I teach myself the martial arts and without proper guidance I was getting confused about Zen. With this book, I came to realize the obvious, martial arts are much more than fighting arts, they are the bridge between our spirits and physical selfs. I thank you Joe!
Bingobuddy More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written, easy to understand book. It should be read by martial artist of all styles. The only thing I wish is that it is longer with more stories in it. The stories are a great deal part of the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found that I keep it close as I research other books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good book -- short and easy to read. We bought it because the information is applicable to tennis. Very useful for the tennis mindset.
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TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Required reading for every martial arts enthusiast
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