Shinmyoken Dojo

Westchester | New York

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The Dojo Is The Safest Place In The World

From the perspective of an outsider the dojo appears to be a dangerous place. 

Getting thrown and hit. 

Under the watchful and critical eye of an instructor who seems to notice and correct the slightest mistake. 

Who would sign up for that? 

The dojo literally deals with the ways of life and death. 

One is learning a warrior tradition literally passed down from person-to-person for hundreds of years. 

That transmission is pure and needs to remain pure. 

Yet, from the perspective of the student, that dojo is the safest place in the world. 

Mistakes need to be corrected, in the dojo you get to do it over, learn from the mistake, get it right the next time. 

Outside of the dojo, the wrong movement of a mistake has a different outcome. 

Inside the dojo, one has the support of the group. Everybody wants you to get better, to be the best martial artist, the best person that you can be. 

You are pushed and taken to the level that you currently are, in order to build and get to that next level. 

Corrections by the teacher are done out of love and compassion. A martial arts teacher corrects because they know what can potentially be on the line, and they want you to be able to correctly deal with it. 

They correct as many times as needed, in order to protect the student outside of the dojo. 

The dojo is a mysterious place for those outside of it, but for those inside of it, a place of natural understanding.

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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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