Shinmyoken Dojo

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Martial Arts: The Meaning Behind Hidden Dragon

The Meaning Behind Hidden Dragon

Crouching tiger, hidden dragon is a phrase often heard in the martial arts, one with many interpretations.

One is interested in learning the martial arts, one is looking for instruction in the martial arts, looking for a teacher.

Where does one find a martial arts teacher?

In martial arts mythology, the dragon lives in the sky, is a symbol of movement, and it is through the dragon that the tiger (the student) is instructed.

For some, finding a master will be easy.

Perhaps there is a large martial arts school with a notable master nearby.

Perhaps you know of just such a master and can ask for an introduction to become a student.

Yet for every known master there are dozen or perhaps hundreds of unknown master, unknown not because they are not masters, but because they wish to remain unknown.

The debit incurred in studying the martial arts to a master level means one has a reasonability, a duty to pass the tradition on to the next generation. An art that has existed unbroken for 800 years, do you want to be the person it ends with?

Everybody wants to be the master without having to bear the load of being one.

Such masters only need to pass the art to a few students, or even one student, but a few are preferable in case one or two of them are killed in battle.

These masters go about life training every day and often do not have a public training facility or if so it is small, unassuming, and not advertised.

These masters are the hidden dragon.

How to find the hidden dragon?

Ask around.

The martial arts community is smaller locally, and many teachers know many teachers, not only pointing you in the right direction, but perhaps also offering an introduction.

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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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