Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

Email Contact: BujinkanShinmyoken@gmail.com 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Fudoshin: Immovable Martial Arts Spirit


There are always two sides to the martial arts, the visible and the invisible.

Ura and omote in the Japanese martial arts.

The visible is what one would expect in the martial arts.

Physical training, strikes, locks, and throws.

Action and movement in the dojo.

Yet, while this is happening, something else is also happening.

Frames of mind, and states of training, using the physical movements as a kind of reflection and moving meditation.

Fudoshin is one of these concepts.

The feeling of fudoshin is of the immovable spirit, that no matter what happens one continues to the end.

A feeling of persevering.

The odds, trials, and obstacles don’t matter.

Now, this is not an intellectual construct, and approaching the martial arts from an academic perspective does not work.

Fudoshin is developed, or better put, cultivated through martial arts training with a constant mindset.

Make the martial arts a constant in your life.

Show up and train as best as possible in each class.

Practice at home on your own.

Keep the mindset of always continuing on.

Over time this directs and conditions the heart (mushashin) developing fudoshin.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

Questions, comments, feedback, and inquiries may be emailed here: BujinkanShinmyoken@gmail.com.

Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

Email Contact: BujinkanShinmyoken@gmail.com