Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Learning The Martial Arts: Taiden, Kuden, Shinden

A model for learning the martial arts. In the dojo there is always a forward facing and a rear facing, things that one can see, and things that are just *understood*. 

The forward facing aspects are easy- just watch a class- practicing techniques, learning and growing, being part of a supportive martial arts group to help realize your goals. 

The rear facing aspects are elements of the learning model that make that happen which are not always talked about or pointed out, but *are* a part of every training session- the literal engine of that session. 

Let's explore a bit of that model in this post so you can see it in your own training and get a further idea of the methods we practice. 

Much of the learning in the martial arts is taiden- body transmission. 

The teacher or seniors in the dojo perform a technique or a kata and the class models it- alone or with a partner depending on the waza. 

Watch it and perform it- which works quite well given the martial arts are a physical body movement of arts. Body transmission can also include the teacher coming over to make any corrections or adjustments in the student's movement. Kuden is next- verbal or secret instruction to power the technique. 

This could be feedback as in you can also do this, or now that you can do this, do this and this, etc. 

Shinden is a layer over both taiden and kuden- shinden meaning heart, the *true* transmission of the martial arts. 

Shinden is a feeling- the *feeling* of having a waza done to you, and in *feeling* it understanding how it takes your balance, distance, and timing. 

Feeling the place it puts you in, understanding that martial arts technique through experience of having it done to you.   

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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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