Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Don't Make This Martial Arts Mistake

Don't ever make this mistake in your martial arts training.

Imagine you are out on the mat with a training partner practicing a martial art technique, think of the last technique that you practiced in class or with your group.

As you go through the movement, something goes wrong.

Maybe it is not working, or if it is a new marital arts technique you forgot one of the steps- at this point what happens.

Do you stop the technique and start over?


Always finish out a technique no matter how bad it is, what happens, or even if it is completely wrong.


So you don't make this mistake in your training.

In the Japanese martial arts we train to move without thinking- called mushin, meaning no mind. Just move, take the correct action, and don't let your movement stop by analyzing. 

There is only movement in the martial arts.

The moment you stop to think, you are not moving, and your training partner can capture the flow of your movement.

Every time you practice a movement, you want to build this positive response of action of not thinking.

You do this by *always* finishing out a technique.

Naturally, try to fix and correct it on the way, make adjustments as you can, but *never* just stop and start over.

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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Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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