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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
There only two books which are required reading in my martial art, Anjing Banfa. The two books are Musashi's Book of Five Rings (not the martial artists version) and Zen in Martial Arts by Joe Hyams. His writing is aimed at the novice and is extremely helpful for those that are just beginning their journey into the martial arts or Zen. While there is nothing astounding...
Published on 3 Nov 1997

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3.0 out of 5 stars Listen to me everyone...I know Bruce Lee
Some very interesting points - though none really original - and a lot of name-dropping! Worth reading but lacking in substance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear & Useful, 1 Sep 2007
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This book is clear and interesting. The writers style is interesting and you are able to learn from this book. It basically does what it says on the tin and is insightful on a subject which other writers only confuse you more about. Joe writes clearly and is living in the real world unlike other writers on this subject. In the book he refers to various lessons he learned from his own martial arts training and experiencees. You learn lessons he learned whilst training with the late great Bruce Lee. A very good book on a difficult subject which anyone will be able to enjoy and understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot from this little book., 7 July 1999
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This book is excellent, I really learned a lot about myself. Although it is very small, the stories apply to everyone. I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for the martial arts enthusiast, 10 Dec 1998
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This book put in lay mans terms the true value of practicing, living and studying the amrtial arts. Do not lend this book to anyone, even your closest friends. You will not get it back. I know, I lent it to a close friend and never saw it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR EVERY STUDENT OF MARTIAL ARTS, 24 Aug 1998
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A gem of a book - it deals with highly subtle and elusive topics in a simple and forthright manner. Another great thing about this book is its readability; a typical chapter doesn't take more than 10 minutes to read. I always keep it at hand and just open the book, pick a chapter and gain a new insight. This book is a must for you if you want to grasp the subtle principles behind every martial art and apply them to qualitatively improve not just your performance as a martial artist but your daily life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sets feet on the path, 14 July 1998
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When I first read this book, I was but a beginner in the martial arts. It helped me to find my way through the problems that I was having, for my problems were not physical, but mental. This book is a great source about zen and how to find it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read, 8 April 2006
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Danilo Dusoswa (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This book is fatastic. The author has spent time training with and speaking to great masters like Bruce Lee and Ed Parker.
This man has rubbed shoulders with great Martial Artists and the lessons he has learned and shared with us through this book are invaluable. I would recommend this book to every serious Martial Artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, 20 Sep 2010
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Mr Shin Lim (Worcester, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
I've returned to this book over and over again throughout the last 8 years. It never ceases to remind me of forgotten lessons. More than just a book for martial artists, it should be essential reading for anyone wishing to live more meaningfully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes cryptic but definitely worth reading, 21 April 2010
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Definitely worth reading a couple of times as there is some real wisdom within this book, even if it sometimes needs decrypting. Not just for the martial artist, I would recommend it to anyone on a journey of change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zen in the Martial Arts, 7 April 2010
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Greg Desmond "greg IRL" (IRELAND) - See all my reviews
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Great read.
Simply written & enjoyable .
Would reccomend to people even if they are not in Martial Art,
as there is something for everyone in this book if you are looking for
a few insights on how to deal with a busy life and / or stress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The next zen bible, 17 Feb 2009
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An amazing insight into zen within the martial arts. The author tells a short story in each chapter and how he faces problems with zen. Its amazing how simple the concepts are to understand (by just reading it) but it must be read more than once to gain the essence of zen from this book. An amazing new way of looking at zen. A classic book.
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