Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Bujinkan Recommended Reading Books

The beginning of training is a very interesting and dynamic time of training. 

One is literally re-programming the body and how it moves, discovering what was *lost*, following a completely different learning model compared with what many of us in the west are familiar with. 

We say this because one can not learn the martial arts from any book or video- direct transmission is required. 

Not only so mistakes can be corrected, but also in the transmission of the feeling in the martial arts. 

One has to catch that feeling, and it can only be experienced through physical training with a guide. 

That stated, books and training manuals *do* have a place as a reminder of concepts, and methods to practice the massive compendium of teachings as found and expressed in the Bujinkan and taijutsu arts. 

Sometimes it is helpful to be reminded, or to have a list of ideas to work with a teacher on. 

So what would a list of recommended books look like for a new student? 

Keeping in mind price and availability. 

Two sets of books by Masaaki Hatsumi. The first would be Ninjutsu History and Tradition, along with Ninpo: Wisdom For Life. 

History & Tradition has a great introduction regarding the history of the arts, followed by pictures and listing of some of the basic postures and training tools used in taijtsu- a framework from which to organize thoughts and movement, while Wisdom For Life offers insights regarding the philosophy of the art and movement. 

The next set of books would be Unarmed Fighting Techniques Of The Samurai, Advanced Stick Fighting, and Japanese Sword Fighting. 

These offer insights regarding the fundamental kihon movements, and the use of the stick and sword which are used as tools to explore and understand distance and timing. 

Keep in mind that if such training funds are tight, it is always best to invest in physical training though regular dojo membership, seminars, and workshops- both as a chance to train, and later ask questions- catching the *feeling* of the Bujinkan.

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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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