Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Martial Arts Practicing At Home

It was an honest question and one that I am regularly asked, being nature that one wants to progress as quickly as possible in the martial arts.

Outside of class, on your own, how much should you be practicing each day?

Looking for a number.

What happens if I say one hour a day?

What if right now you can’t do one hour?

How does that change the mindset?

What if you can practice more?

Best to set your daily life up as much as possible to allow you to practice regularly each day, the aim of making steady and solid progress, momentum in the martial arts.

How you practice is just as important as for how long.

Every martial art has a basic foundation of movement, and in our art of taijutsu it is the san shin no kata and the kihon happo.

Identify these basics in your own art and practice them every day- the first 1/3 of your practice session so you are building and cultivating that foundation.

Polishing the basics.

After the basics work on what was shown in your last class.

Practice those lessons so you can be ready to progress in the next class with the group, also while the movement is still fresh in mind and body.

Next part of self-practice would be what *you* need to be working on for your current level in the martial arts. What has your teacher told you to work on? Specific waza or kata to practice?

Finally end with something you feel like working on- just movement regardless of rank or where you are in the moment.

What movement inspires you?

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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