Zen in the Martial Arts

By: Joe Hyams
Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action." - Samurai maxim

Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than twenty-five years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyams reveals to listeners 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.

©1979 Joe Hyams (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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THIS BOOK IS ESSENTIAL!

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Okay, I figured this would be good, but I was not prepared for HOW good. If you really want a treat I recommend reading this book and then reading The Unfettered Mind by Takuan Soho, here's why. The Unfettered mind is one of the most important books ever written regarding zen and martial arts, but it can be difficult to absorb. This book really simplifies the ideas in The Unfettered mind and make it easier to take in. The Unfettered Mind made a lot more sense to me after reading this.

This book is simple, profound, and elegant. I cannot recommend it enough.

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A great book! Will be a classic some day!

What made the experience of listening to Zen in the Martial Arts the most enjoyable?

Great short stories of wisdom and learning! A must read for every beginning Martial Artist.

Which scene was your favorite?

The fox and rabbit story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it make me think!

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A read and reread for me!

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A great book for anyone

The book conveys each message strongly and is a great read. I believe each principle discussed can be applied to not only martial arts and sports, but to life. I highly recommend this book to anyone pursuing "zen".

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Excellence

I have listen to this book 3 times now, and I plan on to listening even more. One of the best books I have came across. I recommend this book to anyone

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An inspiring journey of self-development & wisdom.

I enjoyed the narrative and content of this collection of experiences, lessons learned and wisdom attained through the chapters. Well worth the time and effort to listen intently and glean from it what you can. I highly recommend this book whether you're interested in Martial Arts or not. Many valuable insights and lessons to be learned and can be applied to various aspects of life.

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Martial artist or not, you'll love this.

Would you listen to Zen in the Martial Arts again? Why?

Yes. It's a treasure trove of lessons that will need reviewing as circumstances in my life change. It has helped me immensely in my martial arts training - the mindset it trains you to have is something that will make you strong in life, and on the mats.

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Excellent book on philosophy of martial arts

This book is another go-to book on my reference shelf for martial arts philosophy. My only disappointment is that it is so short. However, it completely delivers a full rounded view of martial arts philosophy. Some would say it is beginners philosophy, but I feel it is in keeping with martial arts tradition. I say that because Mr. Hyams delivers the main lessons to the reader and then provides them room to examine the lesson in their own understanding.

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Must listen over and over again

The best book ever written on the application of Zen on Martial arts and also this knowledge can be applied in our life.

Joe Hyams you have left us with a great book. Thank You So Much for writing this book.

10/10 for the narrator Jim Meskimen.
Truly Enjoyed your Performance 👌👍👏

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Great insights

one of my favorite books ever. such great wisdom in such a small book. Read it or listen but you will enjoy it.

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happily got what I expected. ready to listen again

good narration and material. simple terms and concepts to apply to complex, yet obvious, areas of personal growth

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