Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

How To Visit A Martial Arts Dojo

What can one expect in visiting a martial arts dojo?

If one already trains in the martial arts, what would be the correct protocol in visiting a martial arts dojo?

Is one visiting as an observer or perhaps to take a class?

Perhaps your own martial arts teacher is sending you to visit a few classes in order to get some extra training?


Introductions in the martial arts are important, and for many traditional schools they are the only way in.

Just showing up to class and expecting to watch or train would be considered poor manners, and even if allowed would already work against one’s own reputation.

At the very least email or contact the dojo ahead of time, introducing onesnelf and asking if it would be possible to visit. This courtesy alone will go a long way in helping to schedule the visit. Naturally if one is visiting another dojo, having the blessing of your current teacher and an introduction on that end will also go a long way.

Consider the viewpoint and courtesy of also letting your current martial arts teacher know you will be visiting another school- which brings up the point in training in multiple different arts.

Arrive on time.

Better yet, arrive early.

Allow for delays.

Don’t be late.

The rules of the dojo are the rules of your dojo- the dojo you are currently training or visiting. Be mindful as a guest, that your actions reflect in three ways.

They reflect on you personally.

They reflect on your teacher.

They reflect on the art you study.

Consider this as an opportunity to open up other doors of training.

Be polite and prompt after the visit and don’t overstep the invitation.

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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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