He was the author or co-author of more than two dozen books, many of which are bestselling biographies of Hollywood stars. He died in Rather, for the true master, karate, kung-fu, aikido, wing-chun, and all the other martial arts are essentially avenues through which they can achieve spiritual serenity, mental tranquility, and the deepest self-confidence. Yet I had studied the martial arts for several years before becoming aware of this.
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Well, this book is an epitome of that saying. When I first picked up this book, I figured, I would read it in a day. It is only small pages and a very easy to read text, but I was wrong. Joe Hyams started out as a journalist and a writer.
He had no idea what martial arts or Zen is all about, until he started his first martial arts training about 25 years ago. He has studied under Ed Parks and the legend himself Bruce Lee. Joe has experienced a lot of difficulties in his martial arts training, but most of all is the art to control the impossible, to act without thinking, to move without moving, to use effort effortlessly, the art of ZEN.
In this book Joe explains how learning Zen and understanding how to implement it, can help you in various aspects of life. The way you can let your natural body flow without hesitation can help you in any task, such as business, sports, friendships and relationships. The book uses various examples and sayings from very recognized Zen masters. There are various quotes, which require some thinking and make you understand how the person should feel when they reach the stage of enlightenment.
One of them I particularly liked, which was: "Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. One of the nice stories is, when he is talking to Bruce Lee at their first meeting and Bruce tells him to forget anything he has ever learned, so Bruce can teach Joe the art of Jeet Kune Do.
Joe seemed confused and questioned why he should do that, to which Bruce explained that when the cup is full it would spill out and would not be available for more information to flow into it. I have never read any information on Zen yet and this is my first, but I definitely want to learn more about the subject, and I just started reading another book in the same category.
This is a great book and took me two weeks to read. I just wish there were 6 stars in a rating section. Yes, it is that good.
Zen in the Martial Arts
Career[ edit ] Hyams was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts , on June 6, , and grew up in nearby Brookline, Massachusetts. He was flown to Mexico on a small airplane and came back into the United States with a group crossing the border illegally. Once the story was complete, his editor told him that a room was waiting for him at the Beverly Hills Hotel. When Hyams arrived, Bogart was behind the bar and offered him a drink.