"Zen In the Martial Arts"
on MAR. / 23 / 2011 | 0 comments
by Joe Hyams
Bantam Books July 1, 1979 Paperback
This little paperback sells for just a few dollars (Amazon has it listed for $1.00 and up!) and is really a must have and a must read. I finished this book in one sitting and found myself going back and re-reading it! Mr. Hyams was a former reporter for the Saturday Evening Post and the author or co-author of more than two dozen books including "The Secret of Inner Strength" by Chuck Norris. He led an amazing life and he shares a small portion of his experiences in this gem.
Zen In the Martial Arts has some great inspirational quotes and stories from teachers like Bong Soo Han, Ed Parker and Bruce Lee, all with whom Hyams had studied with. The chapters are not only fun to read but so thought provoking. Anyone who has trained in the martial arts will relate to the challenges faced. Self doubt, ego, fear, anxiety, injuries are just some of the topics covered in a way that weaves wisdom with humor.
This book is a true gem. A martial arts treasure if you will. This is in our dojang library and it should be in yours! It goes beyond Zen quotes and anecdotes. Zen In the Martial Arts is the continuing story of a man on his journey.
Mr. Hyams passed on November 8, 2008 at the age of 85. His over 50 years experience in the martial arts is a testament to his love and passion of personal development. You will be challenged, inspired and encouraged by this little book, so read it and then share it with someone else!
Final review 5 out of 5 stars.
-- Aaron Wayne-Duke