Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Kusari Fundo Martial Arts Training


The kusari fundo- three foot weighted chain is one of the historical training tools that we practice with in our martial art.

As a historical training tool used by the samurai of Japan, what relevance does it have, if any to the here-and-now of today?

Similar to all of our training tools- the spear, sword, and sticks, each one is a way to understand certain laws of distance and timing.

Each tool operates at a fixed length, and being able to use it correctly at that length teaches about that distance and timing, making it easier to see in unarmed taijutsu movement.

The kusari fundo works at three feet or less- three feet when extended, and less if the chain is shortened while in use, or with the weights in hand.

Another unique property of it, is the ability to use the flexibility of the chain itself- rigid or fluid through the use of body postures- kamae.

In this way the kusari fundo has a number of unique movements to offer and explore.

Historical training tools are just hat- historical and should never be used in modern training scenarios, unless they are safe foam versions of the training tool, and under the direct supervision of a martial arts teacher.  

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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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