Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Learning Martial Arts Through Zoom

When I first joined the dojo one of the promised made to the teacher was that I would practice the martial arts every day in some capacity. The idea of continued refinement and polishing of the martial arts through your life.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the world shut down, but the training had to continue. Training on my own, continuing to work my way through the lessons and the densho.

But what about class?

There are many reasons why the martial arts need to be experienced in person. Part of it is certainly being given new material to work on, another part is being corrected and adjusted by the teacher- pointing out where your movement is weak or wrong.

Another important point is to be able to feel and experience the movement first hand- the idea of transmission.

But the training must always continue.

We started zoom classes as a way to continue training together under impossible condition. As martial artists it is important to respect tradition and be thoughtful of others as a warrior, so meeting in person, keeping things safe was priority.

Those months where we could not meet in person, meeting over zoom, allowed us to explore this technology and figure out how to use it to be better martial artists.

So what did we learn from the experience?

Zoom classes are best kept short so we can stay focused on the training, being remote and not physically present, it is easy to lose focus.

There are many, if not most things one can’t do over zoom- partner interactions, kata, and most waza- martial arts techniques.

Some things, although few, one can do over zoom/remote, and do them quite well. Martial arts postures and other solo kata drill, like the san shin no kata in our own taijutsu training.

Practicing postures together and as we cycle through them, offer points and reminders/adjustments for the postures.

What aspects of your own martial arts training or tradition can work remotely?

Following this format, we found that a thirty minute quick training class, a few times during the week, in ADDITION to regular in person classes and training outside of class works very well- using the technology to compliment and not replace in person instruction and transmission.

See you on the (virtual 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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