SUMMIT, NJ - Buddhist monk, martial art master, Christopher J. Goedecke who, in martial circles, goes by his given Buddhist name, Hayashi Tomio, 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 in Summit for over thirty years for the YWCA and Connection for Women and Families.
Thomas Maloney, assistant karate teacher to Goedecke at the Connection, attests to the instant benefits of internal training. Maloney, a native of Phoenix, AZ, 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,” said Maloney, noting his belief in Goedecke's teaching and systems is a key reason he has spent the last eight years studying with Goedecke.
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 24 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.
Goedecke also wrote a children’s book, The Unbreakable Board and the Red Dragon Surprise, in which 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.”
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