Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Learn The Martial Arts In One Hour

It was part of the journey towards black belt. 

Train with each of the sempai in the dojo, and for one hour have them share with you what they think is the most important part of the martial arts. 

They have one hour to share this experience, no more or less. 

Direct and to the point. 

What the three sempai shared with me continues to help and direct my training to this day. 

If you were training with our group, what would we spend that one hour on? 

Once chance to change your movement and build for the future? 

The kihon. 

Every martial art, our art included has fundamental movements that not only form the building blocks of movement, but also allow your body to move in such a way that it will be able to receive the transmission- capture the feeling of the movement. In our budo taijutsu training it is the kihon happo, san shin no kata, kamae, and ukemi. 

But how can I communicate that in the dead static medium of words, when we are expressing dynamic movement? 

Something else that can be expressed in words? 

A phrase, a saying from our Soke that has carried us through training: Keep Going! 

A phrase I reflect on with every class and time in training- good days and bad days of training- Keep Going!

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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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