Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Mantra & Mudra In The Martial Arts

We had been going back and forth for almost an hour... 

Tsuki, jodan uke, shuto, keri kaeshi. 

Ending with a painful boshiken to the ribs. 

 ...when suddenly the teacher walked over with a statement. 


World of change! 

I spent much of the ride home thinking about that statement as the technique was the same every time for almost the hour. 

Or was it? 

We both tried to be a good uke, attacking with the same determination and execution despite knowing what was coming. 

Getting hit in the same place over and over again, along with seeing the timing of the kata, we started to make micro adjustments in our movement to protect the arm and the ribs. Just a slight turn before getting hit with the boshiken. 

It still hurt, just in a different place that has not been poked a few hundreds times. 

But it was *not* the same. 

Each micro adjustment, made a similar adjustment to make the kata flow and work. 

A name that invoked a feeling to the principal. 

There had been other times like this in class over the seasons. 

Training in a waza or kata and one hears a statement from the teacher. 



Always connected with a technique or feeling of movement. 

In time I began to ask myself if these are mantra and mudra? 

Other arts might mediate in the dojo or temple, chanting and prayer. Is our mediation expressed by movement, moving in alignment in nature so concepts can be understood? 

And when these concepts manifest in training, in that moment, a name given to them so we can *see* that flash of light & inspiration in the moment.

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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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Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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