August 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM
“Double your strength with simple mind and body adjustment!” Sound too good to be true? Morris County, Convent Station resident, Buddhist monk, and martial art master, Christopher J. Goedecke, who, in martial circles, goes by his given Buddhist name, Hayashi Tomio, doesn't think so. Goedecke has just released his fifth and latest book, Internal Karate: Mind Matters And The Seven Gates Of Power. “It is just one of the amazing secrets of the martial arts,” says Goedecke, a busy career martial arts shifu (master teacher) who has taught a successful karate program for over thirty five years at the Madison Area YMCA.
Thomas Maloney, assistant karate teacher to Goedecke at the YMCA, attests to the instant benefits of internal training. Maloney, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and Drew University graduate, took first place at the 2014 Beach Bells Open in the 16kg Kettlebell Biathlon. He noticed an improved number of reps when he applied his internal martial knowledge to his weight training routine. “This stuff works!” Maloney comments. It’s one of the reasons he has spent the last eight years studying with Goedecke and living in Madison.
Goedecke points out, “There is extraordinary knowledge in the traditional martial arts of Asia that is actually useful for everyday activities that extends far beyond kicking and punching. Asian martial cultures have delved deeply into the workings of what, in the West, is called the human Subtle Energy Body. Over the last twenty-four years, Goedecke, an expert Okinawan Kiko, the equivalent of the popular, Chinese Qi Gong, has sought to build a bridge of understanding between ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ style martial artists and the lay community. ‘Hard’ style martial arts and ‘hard’ style athletic training focuses upon the body’s biomechanical assets whereas Soft training focuses upon the body’s Subtle Energy systems. “Asians believe in an intrinsic energy called ‘Qi’ (Chi),” Goedecke comments. “Qi is real and functional. It can be cultivated and manipulated to improve health and to increase overall strength for any sport activity, in some cases, instantly. Qi cultivation may just become the future wave in the health and fitness industry,” Goedecke states. “I’ve written a straightforward book for both the lay and martial community on a fascinating subject.”
Goedecke provides equal captivation for children who make up his largest teacing audience. In his children’s book, The Unbreakable Board and the Red Dragon Surprise, he tells an entertaining story of a young martial art student who encounters an unbreakable board and the wise old master who helps the boy overcome his fear of failure.
Goedecke has been teaching martial arts for forty-two years. In his spare time he works on his writing career. “I’m a story teller at heart and it’s time to reach a larger audience about these gems of the martial arts. I’m glad that I taught myself how to type when I was a young man,” he quips. “There’s a lot I want to write about.”
For information about Goedecke’s latest works visit www.ishinkempo.com