Japanese Martial Arts

Bujinkan Dojo Budo Taijutsu

Jujutsu | Kenjutsu | Bojutsu

Westchester, New York

In that moment of action, regardless of style, technique, or application in the martial arts there is only movement.

The point in time when action takes over and there is only you and the other person- will you know what to do?

What are the martial arts?

How are these arts transmitted to the next generation?

How does one “learn” the martial arts?

Our martial arts are about movement and understanding how the dynamics of the human body works mechanically. There are no techniques or set forms- the transmission of the art is in understanding the manipulation of distance and timing. It is the passing of eternal ideas and strategies from teacher to student as it was done by the Japanese samurai for hundreds of years before.

Our practice is about illustrating concepts so one can better understand them and begin to see them in the day to day movement of other people. First you understand yourself and how you move, then how other move, and finally by combining the two one arrives at the transmission of the art.

Our art is about creating opportunity in the moment, an opportunity to put yourself in a better situation, an opportunity to neutralize a situation, an opportunity to escape a situation and remove yourself from danger so you can make it back home safely.

These are the questions that we explore in each class, and the solution to that moment of action- in that moment of critical decisions there is only movement.

Located in Westchester, New York we are a martial arts practice group dedicated to studying the Bujinkan Dojo martial arts of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.

Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 10-12 AM at the Malcolm Wilson Park in Yonkers.

Training is supervised by Fred Feddeck who has been studying the Bujinkan arts since 1993, and assisted by Mike Zinman who has been studying with our group since 2006.

For more information about our group, training, or the martial arts please leave a comment or use the form below to contact us for more information.

Students are exposed to a variety of self-defense skills, traditional Japanese training tool, and life skills immediately applicable in a variety of situations. All training is one-on-one, adapting for the unique needs and learning methods for each person. No previous martial arts experience is needed or required.

Training Principals:

Control the distance, timing, and rhythm.

Movement will open up opportunities. Always keep moving!

Self-defense is NOT about fighting, it is about escaping and extracting yourself from a dangerous situation as quickly as possible.

Forget the notion of beginner or advanced, every moment in training has the opportunity for a personal breakthrough.  

The most important martial arts skill is not about fighting, it is awareness of the situation before, during, and after.

First you become aware of how your own body moves in the martial arts, then how your training partner moves, and then you prevent them from moving with the awareness of how you move.

Budo taijutsu (martial ways of moving the body) is a practical and natural Japanese martial art system founded in the lore and experiences of the samurai warriors of feudal Japan.





The art explores techniques, forms, and principals from nine classical Japanese martial art schools known as ryu in the form of unified natural movement. Principals covered include striking, grappling, locks, throws, restraints, methods of escape, the use distance, timing, rhythm, positioning, and human potential philosophy.





Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is the headmaster and founder of the art, drawing on the classical martial traditions that he inherited from his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu.

While it is challenging to capture the dynamic movement of the martial arts in the static medium of words, it’s natural to ask and wonder what a class is like in the martial arts.

Our training follows a philosophical outline knows as the way of heaven, earth, and man- ten chi jin ryaku no maki. While it appears as a collection of martial arts techniques it is actually a collection of answer and question ways of moving your body using the philosophy of budo taijutsu. The exercises are structured to gradually teach you more and more about movement in the martial arts.

First you learn how your own body moves in the martial arts, followed by movements that prevent your training partner from moving, and finally combining the two in harmony to arrive at freedom of movement.

On the technical side class begins with practicing ukemi- ways of rolling, landing on the ground safely, and moving the body with postures and footwork. Practical from a self-defense perspective, it also allows the student to “experience” the movements of budo taijutsu in a safe way so that feeling can be transmitted and learned in their own movement.    

This ukemi framework is built on with excises that introduce the foundation movements of budo taijutsu known as the kihon happo and the san shin no kata. While methods of striking and angling the body (kamae) are explored.

The next part of class reflects on ways of controlling the movement of a training partner and is explored through two person or multiple person scenarios. Methods of striking, locking, throwing, and immobilizing are explored from a variety of movement scenarios. While these can be thought of as “techniques” it is more appropriate to view them as natural movements to explore. They are not responses to an attack, but rather possibilities or ways of moving through budo taijutsu.

Building on this follows by exploring kata of the jin ryaku no maki section of training which teach the nuances of martial philosophy as expressed through budo taijutsu.

As students of the art we all practice together exploring the same lessons- there are no beginner or advanced classes as every person has the human potential to learn and grow. You train where you are in the moment and with your given capacity, learning, growing, and pushing thought each lesson.

While this training outline seems linear, there is ample time in each class for individual questions, and questions that arise from learning and exploring the various movements. These are very much in the moment, and are important to also explore taking advantage of the natural progression and flow of each class.

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Instructor:

Classes are supervised by Fred Feddeck who began his training in the Bujinkan Dojo martial arts in 1993 at the Bujinkan New York Dojo. In 2003 he was honored to take the godan shinsha with the Shinmyoken dojo later forming in 2006. He is currently a student of Joe Maurantonio at the Bujinkan New York Dojo.

Assistant Instructor:

Mike Zinman has been studying with our group since 2006 having studied with Stan Skrabut before that. 

Classes are held on Saturday morning from 10-12 AM at the Malcolm Wilson Park in Yonkers, New York. 


The park is accessible by car, bus, and train off of Scarsdale Road, Main Street in Tuckahoe, or the Tuckahoe Metro North train station. 

For information about our group, training or any questions please contact us here: Email Contact.

Practicing The Martial Arts At Home

Perhaps paradoxically, much of the martial arts is learned at home. Class is a (much) needed chance for the instructor to fix your mistakes, offer insights into your movement, and show you new lessons to consider and learn- followed by drilling, practicing, and working out at home outside of class hours and lessons.  

But just what should we be working on at home?

As a student myself, I'd like to share my own training routine...

The bulk of my own practice is on the kihon- the "basics" of our martial arts. Every martial art has it's version of the kihon, which we translate as basic, but would be better understood as "foundation". The stuff you need to know so you have the body mechanics to study and use the more advanced lessons of your art. Having a strong kihon also means you are freed from thinking about how to move your body, so you can just go with the flow, and receive the feeling of a technique (waza) from your teacher, which is where the real transmission and understanding of the art is. 

My kihon practice is ukemi gata, kihon happo, san shin no kata, kamae, and the "stuff" that is in the ten ryaku no maki along with a few application drills on how to practice it from my teacher and seniors. 

That is the base of my solo practice. 

From there I build on lessons that I was just shown in class. Is there anything I was told to work on? What was reviewed and how can I practice it at home during the week so I am ready for the next class. Often classes build on skill sets over time, so following along, and working to improve them helps with next weeks lesson.

Building on that, I train on what I have specifically been told to work on by my teacher. What I should be working on appropriate for my level and understanding in the martial arts. Sometimes this is the same lesson for a few months, other times it changes up, a few times it was the same movement(s) for years until I was told otherwise.

The last part of my daily training is "free time".

What I feel like working on in the moment, something for fun that I don't have to worry about getting right or wrong, or if I am ready for it or not. Maybe some kenjutsu, maybe some kata, maybe some rope work. I try to allow my body just to move and explore, free from my critical mind, and notions of what I am able to physically do or not.

This is the BULK of my training, but it is still open to opportunities that take place in the moment as they happen in nature. Just last week, on a Sunday afternoon it was a PERFECT day out for the summer. Not hot, low humidity, some sun ,but mostly clouds. 

A perfect day for hiking in the woods.   

Grabbed my jo staff and went for a hike, practicing jojutsu along the trails.

Plan for the day in day out training grind, but be ready to take anything that happens in the moment! 

Lots of changes, no surprises! 

Banpen Fugyo!