Martial Arts Yoga Ukemi

Ukemi -rolling is an important kihon (basic) skill, which we always practice at the start of class, and it one of the cornerstone skills all of us are working on at home.

Naturally, like all of the elements of training in our martial art of budo taijutsu there are lots of great ways to explore each skill set.

Here is an example of what I have been working on recently with my own ukemi practice:

I want to move fluid, smooth, and have an awareness of my body- where it is, and what it is trying to do at any given moment. If my foot is pointing in the wrong direction, or I am out of balance, I at least want to know it so I can quickly recover and correct it.

In practicing rolling- forward, side, and back, I work through each set VERY slowly- almost yoga like, and as I move through the roll I try to mentally connect with where my muscles are working in the moment.

Where am I tense- the shoulders or back?

Am I using muscle strength to lower me down to the ground or get up vs. the momentum of the roll and natural forces such as gravity?

Am I smashing my shoulder or knee into the ground during the roll- which won't hurt in SLOW practice, but at faster or more realistic survival ukemi?

Turning ukemi into a kind of self-discovery yoga to learn about how I'm moving. 
Located in Westchester, New York we are a martial arts training group dedicated to practicing the Japanese martial arts of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi and the Bujinkan dojo.
As friends we come together to learn, grow, and perfect our movement drawing from the wisdom, philosophy, and techniques of Japan’s samurai warrior past.
Training is held on Saturday mornings from 10-12 AM at the Malcolm Wilson Park in Yonkers rain or shine.

Classes are supervised by Fred Feddeck who has been studying the Bujinkan dojo martial arts since 1993 at the Bujinkan New York Dojo under Joe Maurantonio. In 2003 he was honored to take the godan shinsha with the Shinmyoken dojo later forming in 2006 as a vehicle to study what he has been taught and experienced in the Bujinkan martial arts.



The Bujinkan Shinmyoken dojo training group had its first class on August 2006, and since then the aim of our group has been consistent: meet every Saturday morning rain or shine to practice the Bujinkan dojo martial arts of Masaaki Hatsumi as friends on the same martial journey together.

As friends (buyu) we come together to grow, learn, and share our experiences as the ways of the martial arts were intended to be transmitted.


There is no beginner or advanced classes, as we all have the capacity to learn and grow in the martial arts, no previous martial arts experience in needed, all are welcome, and out of town or traveling Bujinkan buyu are always invited to visit.


The aim of the group is to make progress each week in learning the martial arts, developing skill, self-defense ability, and an understanding of how and why people move. Classes are also held to discuss martial arts philosophy, strategy, and the mental/spiritual impact of the arts.


Questions about our group, the training, and the martial arts may be made through the contact form at the bottom of this page.