Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Martial Arts Walking

The first half of the class was just walking around the park. Up the hill, around the bike path, across the field.

This is martial arts?

Be light on your feet…

Shifting from martial arts posture to posture, maintaining balance and flow.

Did anybody ever teach you how to walk?

Just what did that question mean?

How did you learn to walk?

Growing up I’m willing to be it was trial and error, just good enough not to fall over, and good enough to get you moving around. Later in life, maybe you had some athletics training, or participated in a sport, but walking, running, and moving was much of the same.

Good enough.

As a result, many of us walk incorrectly.

We over step, extend our leg far beyond the other, move out of alignment with our feet.

Out of balance.

Balance, which is important in the martial arts.

Through studying the ways of heaven, the ten ryaku no maki, we learn how to correctly move our body in alignment- to generate martial arts power, stay in balance, and be able to change and adapt the body as needed, ukemi taihenjutsu.

Something as simple as walking is vital to correct martial arts, and is the cornerstone of movement with regard to distance, timing, and rhythm.

The sooner you learn to walk (move) correctly, the quicker you will progress in the art.

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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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