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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Bojutsu Training: Six Foot Stick Martial Arts

It certainly looked like bojutsu- the Japanese art of the six foot stick.

You had body postures, strikes, and alternating methods of using the length of the stick to control distance and timing. 

It was just Japanese stick fighting right? 

No, there is something more. 

But one had to get to this level. 

Not in terms of status, or time in grade, but in ability through the kihon of bojutsu. 

The basic use of the stick. 

When one joins our dojo, while taijutsu is the focus, one also begins to learn bojutsu. 

Is this odd or out of place? 

Aren’t those things supposed to be black belt only level? 

Only if one views the stick as just that- a stick. 

At this basic level we are looking at two areas of using the stick. 

The first is as a training tool to learn total body coordination and unified movement. 

This idea in our movement that the upper and lower half of the body should be moving at the same time, in perfect harmony. 

Bojutsu furigata is the ability to spin the stick around to control distance and timing, to create openings, it is part of the bojutsu kihon. 

In order to spin the stick you have to be able to do it in timing with the feet and arms, failing this, you hit yourself. Bojutsu is a great tool to teach you that, along with angles, which can sometimes be hard to approach and see early on- the stick is used as a training tool to teach that. 

Well, as long as you are learning that, we might as will start learning the other basics of bojutsu. And for many the effective use of the stick is all that is needed, and truly the Japanese methods of using stick are amazing in themselves. 

Yet, in this way beyond kihon and kata, the stick is used to transmit an aspect of the martial arts through the *straightness* and *directness* of the stick. 

The stick as a tool to create a feeling and understand what is going on, a method of transmission

Kasumi no bo. 

A transmission of jitsu, a transmission of feeling that needs to be felt. 

Something of feeling, a way of doing things that can be carried over to taijutsu, or other training tool as in they are all the same- just a way of moving the body naturally. Once you experience it, you have it. 

So why not just jump right in, right away? 

My turn to get up and work on some bojutsu. 

Receiving various attacks- ukemi. 

In theory, assuming that I am truthful with myself, and am able to approach this moment with the correct heart of being in the moment, and allowing myself to experience what is being thrown against me, I might be able to have the perception of what is going on. 

If I don’t know how to receive ukemi with the bo, how to use it, the kihon, I’ll be busy *thinking* about how to do that, or moving trying to do that, instead of allowing myself to experience what is coming my way in that moment. 

Which if done correctly means I will always come up on the short end of the stick. 

Maybe not thinking of kasumi no bo, as a set of techniques, but as an art to be grabbed from the heart. 

See you on the mat!

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The aim of the Shinmyoken dojo (school of the life giving sword) is to understand nature and the movement of being zero through taijutsu. The school exists to create and transmit this through the experience of isshi soden.

Located in Westchester New York, the Shinmyoken dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial arts of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo. 

As friends (buyu) we come together to grow, learn, and share our individual potential in this wonderful martial art. In our group there is no beginner or advanced classes, as we all have the capacity to learn the martial arts in great stride. 

No previous martial arts experience is needed, new members, and out of town or traveling Bujinkan buyu are always welcome. 

The focus 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. 

Training is supervised by Fred Feddeck who has been studying the Bujinkan dojo martial arts since 1993. 

In 2003 he was honored to take the godan shinsha with the training group later forming as a vehicle to study what he has been taught and experienced in the Bujinkan dojo martial arts. 

Joe Maurantonio, dai-shihan, is and continues to be his teacher and mentor. 


Training in budo taijutsu through our dojo is offered in three class formats. 

The first is our weekly Saturday morning classes from 9-11 AM at a local park in Yonkers which is accessible by car, bus, and Metro North train. 

Second is our regular weekly zoom class as a way to build on the physical practice-paired movements explored in our Saturday classes. 

Third is our monthly discussion class exploring martial arts philosophy, history, tactics, and kuden. 


Membership in the dojo is open to those eighteen years of age or older and who can abide by the rules of the Bujinkan. 

Those interested in joining the dojo will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire as an introduction and meet with the head instructor before an invitation to watch a class will be extended, general martial arts questions and other training inquiries are also welcome. 

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