Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Zen in the Martial Arts Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jul 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

See all 12 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Audio CD, Audiobook
"Please retry"
£15.48 £24.42
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • 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)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

" 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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback
If your a martial artist, or simply just curious about the philosophy behind martial arts, i would say you MUST read this!!! So many lessons can be learn't, and i have found this book a great help in my practice of Kung Fu and Tai Chi. My sifu actually recommended it to me, saying it was an excellent book, and one of which you can go back to and refer to time and time again. (Very true!!!)
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!
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Must be a classic already? I can't add much too all the positive reviews listed here already, but, despite being a small book and a quick and easy read, it's one of those books that should be read and its contents digested several times, to make sure the important messages have sunk into your sub-consciousness.

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.
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a great little book! General anecdotes, ancient fables heard and described first hand and personal stories all mixed together in a great little volume that can easily be started and finished in one day.

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.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a practitioner in Martial Arts from aged 9 this book has unlocked another thought process in my mind. A valuable source of information and inspiration. The author has displayed the problems that have faced him as a student and as a master and given much thought to resolving these conflicts. You do not need to understand the theory of Zen, this is a simple but deeply moving book of epic proportions. For the Martial Art practitioner the author has an uncanny ability to pass on further direction. This book is vital for the student and the Master and should be mandatory in the Dojang for all to learn from, follow and continually refer to. However as a book on life it is just as valaubale for the non martial artist.
Comment 37 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 3 Jan. 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Zen in the Martial Arts, Joe Hyam's uses the backdrop of the martial arts and his many unique experiences to show us all the way to a better, more rewarding life. By sharing his experiences with such martial art legends as Bruce Lee, Ed Parker and Bong Soo Han as well as many of Hollywood's biggest stars Hyam's presents in an engaging way the principles of Zen that lead to greater control and inner peace.
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.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I ordered this expecting to be mildly entertained but ultimately I thought that I probably wouldn't get a lot of useful information out of it. Indeed it did entertain, and the amount of Zen in it is quite thin on the ground. But when it is used it is with (I found) remarkable results. In each chapter the author will talk about a time when he had a problem with life or training, and how he overcame it through "Zen" wisdom supplied to him by instructors he has trained with over the years. At the end of each chapter I found myself stopping and comparing his stories with my own experiences, and reflecting on how I could add some of the wisdom he had learnt into my own life and martial arts.

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.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse