Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Martial Arts Natural Movement

We often hear in our training moving naturally, or moving in terms of nature- but what does this mean with regard to the physical arts? 

We also hear about spiritual and mental concepts, and ask how do we train in them? 

Meditation and exercises outside of physical training and class? I'm going to try and capture the expression of this understanding in a direct and to the point post as it is an important part of our martial arts movement and training. 

In training the san shin no kata one learns how the body moves naturally- the optimal way to move in unison and with the body working together. 

If you can discover this, internalize this, and move without having to think, you are moving in nature. You will flow and adapt and a training partner that doesn't know how to move naturally will break down in movement even faster. 

From the first strike things will move to a natural conclusion. 

The physical training of taijutsu *is* the meditation and spiritual exercise- one is learning to see with the eyes and mind of god. As you training in the dojo, you learn about distance, timing, and rhythm through physical interaction- feeling & intention, being physically present, not academically or intellectually. 

Over time this physical training, this taijutsu body art training allows you to begin to see other and outside things happen. Through naturally movement you begin to see how other things ar connecting and are taken to a natural conclusion. 

We have to be careful in speaking openly of such things, not because they are necessarily secret, but due to the necessity of understanding that they can only be understood through the experience of getting in the dojo and moving around- training.

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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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