Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Martial Arts Kamae Practice


What is a martial arts class like?

A nature question to wonder what one will be learning and the methods used to teach it.

Of course, the best answer would be to come and watch a class- new martial arts friends are always welcome.

Certain skills are practiced in every class, these are the kihon- the foundations of our movement, so all students, no matter where we are in the art, are always practicing and polishing these methods of movement.

Martial arts postures of movement- kyu kamae, nine of them are a good example to explore in what a class is like.

We start with selecting on of the postures- ichimonji nokamae.

Standing across from a training partner, you practice entering and holding the posture for a few moments, before returning to a standing posture, practicing back and forth for a bit. The focus here is just learning the base mechanics of how to hold the posture.

Where are your arms?

What directions are your feet facing?

Is your back straight?

Are you relaxed?

Most important, are you low enough in the posture?

A chance to figure out how to hold a good posture.

From here, we begin to add a little movement, since these are *not* static postures. We may initially learn them this way, as one has to start somewhere, but they are methods of moving the body.

Using the space we have, one walks around, switching naturally to the posture. Stepping forward, back, and rear.

Can you move in the posture without falling over, or losing your balance?

Are you smooth and relaxed while doing this?

Building on this, we now add in ukemi taihenjutsu- body changing skills.

The ability to use the posture in a way to receive an attack, or counter another person’s movement.

Skills building on skills, confidence and proficiency building on confidence and proficiency.

See you on the 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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