Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

Email Contact: BujinkanShinmyoken@gmail.com 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

First Lesson Of Ninjutsu

What is it you want to ask me?

You have been quiet aroud the dojo for the past month, what is going on?

It's not my place to ask.

When are you going to teach me ninjutsu?

I have been teaching you ninjutsu, for a few years now after you learned the kihon happo and the san shin no kata.

I have been very specific about it.

If we started with just the names of the waza and the strategy, you would focus on that since it is *ninjutsu* and miss catching the feeling.

When it is time and the names become important, as in not necessary, I'll tell you.

Wasn't I correct about notes being a waste of time?

One of the lessons?

You have to be able to jump six feet, as a start, at a minimum.

Good, but not horizontal like that, vertical.

Standing in shizen and leap up six feet, taking the posture of fudoza in the air.

That is the first lesson of ninjutsu.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

Questions, comments, feedback, and inquiries may be emailed here: BujinkanShinmyoken@gmail.com.

Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

Email Contact: BujinkanShinmyoken@gmail.com