Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

How To Live A Happy Life In The Martial Arts

It's important to have goals in the martial arts, a plan to build on the momentum in training, so one can achieve. 

Often these goals are the reasons why we start the martial arts, providing the motivation in the first place. But we also need to keep in mind and open to these reasons and goals changing over time- they must change over time as we naturally evolve as not only martial artists, but also human beings. 

On a personal level I did not start the martial arts to find satisfaction or happiness- and that was OK. My goal for starting training was self-defense. 

Over time that continued and evolved to being a part of something special, with not what Soke has shared with us, but the structure of friendship and communication in the martial arts known as the Bujinkan. Yet as time continued, my goals continued, and while I am still interested in self-defense, along with the metal aspects of the 'arts, I'm now most interested in finding happiness in the martial arts. I can't fault my initial ambitions, but looking back with the wisdom of experience, I now believe that if I focused on my happiness in the martial arts, it would have been building all of my other interests at the same time. 


A satisfaction or content in the training. I still very much want to learn and grow as a martial artists, but now the focus is on just enjoying the lessons being taught in class for what they are, with no other ambitions attached. I still strive for perfection, but I no longer worry if I'm getting better, or any progress of rank. 

A satisfaction of just being *able* to train. To move around and practice the wonderful and mysterious transmissions from Soke. A happiness of even being a part of, of having the opportunity to train in such a rare thing. 

A happiness in that when I explore a kata, or work on some training items, feelings are remembered- feelings of the dojo classes and seminars where I learned such a thing. Feelings of training with my martial arts friends over the years, a connection to an organic and living history. 

A happiness that whatever is happening in my life right now, especially when things are a bit more misfortune, I always have the lessons of the Bujinkan to explore and practice every day.   

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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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