Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Martial Arts: Training At Home

In our martial arts taijutsu training we are looking to build on momentum and success. 

Make steady progress each day so the days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years... 

We follow a tradition and training set out by Soke, but what does this look like in class and outside of class? 

Where does the real self-discovery come from? 

Training outside of martial arts classes, training at home, is something that is very specific as it is the foundation and building blocks on getting better with the movement and positioning oneself to *catch* the feeling in class with an instructor. 

Quite simply put, the martial arts are a physical art and one has to continually train outside of class to progress. So where do we start and what does that look like? 

We start where we are. How much time do you have each day to practice the martial arts- realistically. Work on setting your schedule and life in such a way that you can get consistent practice in. 

Work on making the time and using the time. In terms of a schedule or practice, here is the outline we follow in our dojo- as always check in with your own teacher/coach for feedback and the model used by your dojo. We start with junan taiso- stretching and body exercises to limber up and get the blood flowing. 

Breathing excercises to promote well being. 

A martial arts warm up. 

Next is the kihon- the foundation of the Bujinkan. 

The building blocks of all taijutsu movement, that no matter how much time in with training or rank, one is always working on and polishing. 

One never moves on from the basics. These basics include ukemi, kamae, san shin no kata, and the kihon happo along with striking drills. (ten ryaku no maki) 

Following this one practices specifics given by a teacher- what kind of movement are you working on to help take you to that next level? What exercises have you been given to help progress in taijutsu? Building on that we move to explore the lessons, exercises, and movement from the most recent class- looking to build and refine those movements so when we arrive at the next class we are ready for the next layer of movement in the lessons. 

Finally finishing out with some free form practice- just moving around with no thought, no thinking (mushin)- just let the training move you- perhaps some striking drills or bag work? 

Perhaps so bojutsu? Footwork drills? Look to make physical progress in taijutsu each and every day.

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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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