Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Martial Arts: Purifying The Senses


The dojo is one of the safest places in the world?

Does this statement seem to contradict itself?

How is all the striking, grappling, and throwing safe?

Hitting and being hit.

In the dojo, the dojo members, and the teacher help you be your best.

They push you to the limits, but are always ready to catch you if you fall down.

The dojo is a place you can make mistakes, learn about yourself, reflect without judgement, while getting as many chances as you need to get it correct.

Outside of the dojo, martial arts, there is only once chance.

What about the mindset of the dojo?

Watching a class, one would notice a lightness about it, laughing, taking the art seriously not ourselves.

Laughing is a way of purifying the senses.

Our five senses, the decisions we make from them and past experiences, but how do we know they are true? In the martial arts, what appears true often isn’t and outside the dojo, this truth and falsehood can be fatal.

By laughing and keeping it light, one can bypass expectations and ego, seeing possibilities for what they are, learning that the dojo is the safest place in the world.

Purifying the senses through laughing.

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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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