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Zanshin: Meditation and the Mind in Modern Martial Arts Paperback – 7 Nov 1991

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson (7 Nov. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091751764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091751760
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,724,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Morris describes his training in karate, from an asthmatic and non-agile beginner to the 5th Dan master he is today. He also gives a short historical and philosophical background of meditation as it developed in feudal Japan, with technical descriptions.

This is a small, some will say superficial book in terms of theory and history, but it has the mark of a personal truth which is really the most important thing in this kind of writing

I really liked it a lot and I expect anyone who is interested in martial arts or meditation or Japan will too. The cover is adopted from the famous Zen rock-garden in Ryoan-Ji , Kyoto, Japan.
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Morris describes his training in karate, from an asthmatic and non-agile beginner to the 5th Dan master he is today. He also gives a short historical and philosophical background of meditation as it developed in feudal Japan, with technical descriptions. This is a small, some will say superficial book in terms of theory and history, but it has the mark of a personal truth which is really the most important thing in this kind of writing. I liked it a lot, and I expect anyone who is interested in martial arts or meditation or Japan will too. The cover is adopted from the famous Zen rock-garden in Ryoan-Ji , Kyoto, Japan.
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Zazen meditation in martial arts 11 Oct. 2000
By Eitan Aharoni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This type of book is my favorite - personal account of experience, without 'the writer's mask'. Morris describes his training in karate, from an asthmatic and non-agile beginner to 5-dan master today. He also gives a short historical and philosophical background of meditation as it developed in feudal Japan, with technique descriptions. This is a small, some will say superficial book in terms of theory and history, but is has the mark of a personal truth which is really the most important thing in this kind of writing. I liked it a lot, and I expect anyone who is interested in martial arts or meditation or Japan will too. The cover is adopted from the famous Zen rock-garden in Ryoan-Ji , Kyoto, Japan.
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An Interesting Book 24 Oct. 2008
By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Zanshin is an interesting little book. It is a little unfocused on its overall purpose as Morris seems to cover a wide variety of topics, but does so in a pleasing way. The martial artist can get some great insights from this book such as:

Being a martial artist is not what you do, but what you are.

If you just want to win fights, then go and buy a shotgun.

In short, Morris takes you through some of his history in the martial arts and at the same time gives you some useful insights into martial arts philosophy. He spends a great deal of time focused on how meditation fits into the martial arts. I found this book interesting and enjoyed it. It is a book that addressed a part of the martial arts which many books neglect to address - meditation and the mind.

Bohdi Sanders, author of Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior
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