Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Martial Arts Junan Taiso Training

We had been practicing our ukemi for some time now, and while it was normal to start each class like this as a warm up and kihon, the rolling part seemed to go on a bit longer…
Forward rolls, side rolls, and back rolls.
The key was to pace yourself and not get out of breath.
As I practiced my rolls, naturally I focused on being as smooth in movement and as relaxed as possible (nagare), but I was also very aware of my breathing.
Something that often surprised the newer and younger students was just how fast they got out of breath from rolling- even going slowly and smooth, not exerting much energy they got winded.
Watching the seniors (sempai) in the dojo gave some clues.
An insight?
We breath without thinking, it is something that just happens, yet when practicing ukemi, hitting the ground and getting up, repeating this quickly over and over, disrupts the breathing rhythm if one is not aware of the interaction of movement.
Which leads to junan taiso- martial arts stretching.
Before each class we warm up with some specific exercises (dragon body) to prepare for training, focusing on the hips, legs, and back.
Get the blood flowing and prepare for ukemi.
This way we are at least approaching the training from a relaxed perspective.
As we roll for a while, and I move through the line waiting for my turn, I try to focus on some of the junan taiso points on my body.
Using ukemi as a way to self-diagnose where I am.
Are there any point on my body, after rolling for a bit, that are tight or hurt?
Are my shoulders or back tight?
Have I been slamming my body, knees or shoulders on the ground as I roll over?
Is my ukemi *really* relaxed?
Questions junan taiso can help answer.
See you on the mat!

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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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