Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Kurai Dori: Controlling The Space

Did I understand?

Not from where I was standing.

The dojo is an artificial reality.

It is a construct, a place we gather to explore the transmission of the martial arts.

To the outside it is a mix of curiosity and surprise.

A place where people get hit, thrown, and experience martial arts techniques.

But for those inside the dojo, it is a place of compassion.

Martial arts friends- buyu, who want to see you succeed, who want to see you be the best that you can.

Friends who correct and point out your mistakes and failings in movement, so you can correct them, perfect them.

In the dojo you get as many chances as you need, outside of the dojo, there is only one chance.

It is easy to become so focused in the martial arts, that one believes the *dojo* is the martial arts.

Martial arts, as a way to navigate movement, is outside the dojo, the key being able to bridge what you are experiencing in the dojo and using it outside of the dojo.

Using the movement to live and enjoy life.

I was standing in the wrong place, not controlling the space around me- one of the fundamentals of movement, control the space.

Just crossing the street, something as simple as where to stand is the *martial arts*.

Incoming and passing cars, what if one jumped the curb?

Objects, pylons, barriers one can stand behind, putting them in the space between you and incoming traffic.

Something as simple as just where you stand *is* the martial arts.


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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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