Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

I Would Have Given Them A Black Belt

We didn’t practice the same art, and they weren’t my student, but right there I would have given them a black belt just based on the story that they shared.

They were running late for the seminar, stuck in traffic on the LIE, and stopped off at a service station to grab something quick to eat on the way.

Waiting on line, next to pay, somebody else walked into the store…

…picking up on a feeling, they got off the line and left the store.


The importance of being able to catch a feeling and act on a feeling.

The ability to read the air.

These concepts, being able to cultivate them, and use them as a black belt.

In training, these martial concepts can be taught, as a teacher I can’t teach them, they are *not* academic. The best that I can do is create a feeling or a situation in the dojo and through training so one experiences them, or can catch the feeling.

As for the physical techniques (waza), that can be taught, that part of black belt can be taught.

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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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