Zen/Martial Arts

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 1, 1982 - Philosophy - 144 pages
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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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Simple pieces of advice told through engaging stories - Goodreads
Not so deep, but a so-so introduction to the topic. - Goodreads
I was deeply disappointed with this selection. - Overstock.com
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User Review  - Dennis M. - Goodreads

Kinda blah. Okay, but there are far better out there. Very general overview with no real actionable information. Check out The Unfettered Mind or the Zen Way to the Martial Arts by Taisen Deshimaru. Far far superior to this one. Read full review

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User Review  - Bojan Land - Goodreads

Some amazing tales of Bruce Lee in this book. I especially liked the bit about breaking the line. Read full review


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About the author (1982)

Writer Joe Hyams was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 6, 1923. He was attending Harvard University when he enlisted in the Army in 1942. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star while serving in the South Pacific and later became a field correspondent for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. After the war, he received a B.A. and a M.A. from New York University. After graduation, he started working for the New York Herald Tribune and covered Hollywood as a syndicated columnist from 1951 to 1964. He wrote over 25 books including Bogart and Bacall: A Love Story; Murder at the Academy Awards; Flight of the Avenger: George Bush at War; Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal; Zen in the Martial Arts; and Mislaid in Hollywood. He died of coronary artery disease on November 8, 2008 at the age of 85.

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