NEIHANCHI: A Half Century Musing on the Kata of Okinawa

I do not speak Okinawan, Japanese or Chinese but I am very fluent in a certain kind of foreign language—KATA, specifically the dialect of the physical movement patterns of Okinawan Karate. I have been speaking this language for fifty years and teaching others how to become versed in its ways for over four-and-a-half decades. Read More  

The Other Way of Sanchin

Many karate systems teach the Sanchin kata as an external training method to strength-condition practitioners with a series of breath-controlled tensions. This mainstream understanding is a viable but topical explanation missing some of Sanchin’s other, more dimensional qualities rooted in the monastic martial culture and in combination with scientific breakthroughs regarding human performance.  Read More  

The Eight Levels of Meditation

The real power of martial arts lies in linking one’s physical training to one’s meditation practices. Both adepts and neophytes alike, who practice various breathing and concentration exercises, will receive encouraging results for their efforts. Read More

Kata Bing, Kata Bang, Kata Boom!

Think gangly, introverted seventeen-year old, living in a quiet, insulated and affluent, New Jersey suburb. One evening I was “wowed” by Ilya Kuryakin’s (David McCallum) karate chop, summarily dispatching a Russian, Cold War thug during an episode of the popular 1960 TV series, Man From U.N.C.L.E. Read More  

KARATE DO: Its Essence, Mechanics & Implications

Karate Do is a way of seeing, a way of being, a way of acting, a way of carrying oneself, in essence, a Path, that extrapolates martial principles for living one’s life intelligently, skillfully, with clarity and compassion. Read More  

Chinkuchi: Karate’s Hidden Internal Face

I recently reread Remembrances of Okinawa: Chinkuchi by Lt. Col. Charles Murray (USAF) written in 1971, with the intention of addressing the subject in more detail for karateka about this fascinating art within an art—Chinkuchi. Much of the information attempting to convey the specifics of chinkuchi practice has been scant, anecdotal, or overly general and therefore only marginally successful in defining the complexity of its methods. Read More  

Chi Chi Wu Wu

Internal power training merits every martial artist’s attention because it is seldom presented in the current traditional understanding of Karate, Kung fu or Tae Kwon Do technique, yet speaks to the heart of true martial art practice. So allow me to jump into the dialog about internal power and offer my observation on what it is, isn’t, and that oft-winding path to develop it.  Read More  

Lost Fist Tools of Okinawan Karate

There is an unfamiliar side to traditional martial training similar to encountering a foreign language that runs through authentic karate-do practice. The Okinawans labeled this elusive subject, Kiko or Chinkuchi.  Read More  

Also by Chris Goedecke


Isshin Kempo: IsshinRyu’s Missing Link To The Internal
Journal of Asian Martial Arts Vol. 10 #3, Aug. 2001

“The isshinryu thumb-on-top vertical fist supports a rising punch….Consider that the American servicemen, on average, towered at least a head over their Okinawan counterparts. … Who was really getting the upper hand in that exchange?”


Effortless Power,
Masters Magazine, 2014 Winter Edition

“Key kata evolved from simple combat routines for quelling the outer rebellion into integrative patterns for pacifying inner unease.”


The Isshin Kempo Way
Masters Magazine, 2013 Summer Issue

“The average person has no idea what the martial arts are really capable of offering outside of its obvious physical skills, so it’s easy to be misled down a false path.”


Rebel Isshinryu
Black Belt Magazine, June 2007 Issue

“The internal structure of isshinryu kata present immensely rich and layered techniques beyond the obvious kick/punch responses. It has been our challenge to unlock as many of these lessons as possible.”

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