Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Can You Study More Than One Martial Art? Yes or No?

Can you study two or more martial arts at the same time?

As somebody passionate about the martial arts and who has been fortunate to assist many on the martial arts journey, I’d like to offer a perspective- something to consider regarding movement.

Yet before that, the primary answer is yes, yes as in you can do anything you like, it is your martial arts journey.*

As a coach, I am here to assist your journey and personal development, so who am I to say?

Yet as a coach who is involved in helping to take that movement, your movement to that next level, this is what I would say.

The first few years of a martial art are about learning how to move in the tradition and transmission of that martial arts. You are learning certain body skill and drills to un-learn how you currently move, and adjust to a new set of movement.

Seeing how most people have never been taught how to move correctly, let alone walk correctly, there is a learning-curve to the movement.

Studying a second martial art during this period of time could be problematic, one would have to be *very* diligent in not mixing the movement of both styles.

One would also have to understand why one art does one thing and the other art a different thing in the correct context, which could be hard as the student is just learning how to move correctly in the first place.

The KEY to studying two arts at the same time would be the ability to both learn them at the same time and keep them separate at the same time.  

* Although some martial arts school, often traditional Japanese martial arts schools might ask you to hold an agreement not to study another art or style while a member of the school- much depends on the transmission of the tradition.

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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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