Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Junan Taiso Martial Arts Stretching

Junan taiso.

What is your stretchingroutine?

The ability to move the body using taijutsu is predicated on the flexibility of the hips, and building up the range of motion of the legs. To help with this we have a number of specific stretches- junan taiso to help limber up the body and increase the range of motion specific for taijutsu.

Another aspect of our movement is the ability to move smoothly and without body tension, which is why we also have stretching movements for the body and arm.

These two sets are often followed by breathing exercises, called dragon body, to relax and keep that relaxation through the movement.

So when do we practice these exercises?

One can do them for as long as they like, a kind of meditation, or just through a set of them, which can be done in about ten or fifteen minutes or so. They are perfect for a first in the morning and last in the evening routine, which help to remain limber and increase flexibility over time.

They are also perfect to practice before class starts at the dojo, arriving a few minutes early to stretch out and limber up.   

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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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