- Audio CD
- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (31 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1483025810
- ISBN-13: 978-1483025810
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 15.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,711,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Zen in the Martial Arts Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jul 2014
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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,"
"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.
-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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
"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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Joe Hyams translates Zen, (which can usually be a extremely wide and complex subject), very clearly and simply from his own experiences in our modern western world. There are many excellent quotes, and some amusing stories of masters of old. I hope/intend to make use of the many wisdoms i have learnt from this book.
The only bad thing about the book was it ended far too soon. GO BUY IT!
Joe gives several accounts of when he trained with Bruce Lee and there are many witty and funny stories in the book. The book covers many Budo secrets and is a fantastic summary of many of the great samurai classics. No matter what Martial Art you study, there will be plenty of material here to improve your performance and help you with the important aspects of breathing, timing and Kime.
Try and get the Bantam July 1982 edition as it is nice and small and can fit in your pocket. Keep it by your bedside to give you something to meditate on before you go to sleep and refer to it often to help you absorb the important techniques within the book. If followed with some persistence, I am certain it could help anyone increase their longevity though the various practices in the book.
The author describes lessons learned both in practicing martial arts and extrapolating to daily life in an understandable and relatable manner. But not just stating these lessons i.e. 'as Bruce Lee said this, I learned that', but actually analysing, discussing and evaluating these lessons from a personal viewpoint. And yes you read right, this guy actually practised martial arts with Bruce Lee... and in his own back yard. Now that is a story in itself!
Some examples of subject matter:
* Unlearning in order to relearn new teachings
* Sensing attack and dealing with fear
* Attacking without give signals of attack (reacting without thought)
* Channelling/ focusing energy
* Interrelation of mind and body (feeling/not feeling pain, healing etc)
* Self control and dissipating anger in a confrontation (winning through losing - very interesting)
These are just a few examples.
This is just wonderful reading: can teach in 100 or so short pages what many other books try - and often fail - to do in 350+ pages. Cannot recommend it enough.
Even those who are not fans of the martial arts will appreciate the unique and interesting stories that captivate and teach. Each chapter focuses on a life lesson learned in such an engaging way that I find myself reading this book again and again -- each time gleaning a little more of the wisdom in it. I am amazed at the number of times I thumb back through for a favorite passage or thought. A worthy addition to the library of anyone who seeks for greater direction and understanding in their life -- I would recommend Zen in the Martial Arts highly.
This book is not going to change your life in an instant, but will probably make you think about new approaches you could make to training and other perspectives you could consider. For this reason I would recommend it to anyone, but particularly to martial artists as I think they will get even more out of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic. I give this book occasionally to friends and relatives who are facing personal challenges. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Iron Dog
Arrived in time and a great book to read and quality is good.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great simple chapters each telling and describing enlightening ways to go about life whilst adhering to true martial art wisdomPublished 12 months ago
Zen in the Martial Arts, like many other good philosophy books, does not set out to revolutionise your way of thinking, but rather encourage you to take a step back,a deep breath,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Charlie Fitzmaurice