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Zen Combat Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1976


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 12, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345250303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345250308
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kovacich VINE VOICE on March 19, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being the author of several books on the martial arts and fighting, I am always looking for books of exceptional quality to add to my library. If I have a book in my library, it's definitely worth owning. One such book is Jay Gluck's, "Zen Combat."

This is a very well written book and one that I don't believe is in print anymore. The copy I have I ended up finding in an old book store several years ago. This book gives you some outstanding information on the history of primarily the Japanese martial arts and their philosophy.

1. The Bull Story; Masutatsu "Mas" Oyama and Kyokushin-kai Karate:

This section covers a lot of, although brief, biography of Masutatsu "Mas" Oyama and how he came to learn the art of Karate. Included in this biography are stories about his training style or technique, his first U.S. tour in the early 1950's, which was also the first time that the art of Karate had been demonstrated in the U.S. There is also a story about how Mas and the author visited with another famous Karate master, Gogen "Cat" Yamaguchi.

This section of the book concludes with some basic information from Mas on training techniques and methods, etiquette and principles of karate, descriptions on various punches, blocks and kicks, kata or forms with Heian or Pinan Nidan being described and illustrated. There is also a very good section on belt rank and the importance of it.

Of particular note, there is a terrific section on how to form a proper Shuto or knifehand strike, and on how to condition your hands for delivering powerful blows.

2. Why the Zen of Zen Combat; Martial Arts Philosophy:

This section is primarily devoted to the early history of the martial arts and their philosophy, and how Zen compliments them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mad Max TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Karate, Kendo, Kyudo (archery), Aikido, & Bojutsu (stick warfare). Plus, book includes practice drills, exercises, special breathing control, techniques of world masters, firewalking, meditation, yoga, and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sookie stackhouse on August 18, 2013
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this book was just as funny as it was serious...loved the part on ninjutsu...shows what even real ninjutsu could be and how easy and ahem "crappy" ahahahah it can be. very good book may not all be legit as it is mostly mr glucks opinions but in mine its worth a read if you can get it used! recommended for a good read on budo from a different angle. it sold a lot for a reason!!!
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