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photo: Jonathan Chan 2016. PNNF practicing with the UW and Bellevue Kendo Clubs, July 2016.

What is Naginata?

Naginata dates from the ninth century, when it was used by Samurai to defeat swordsmen. Originally devised as a sword attached to a long staff, the Naginata was used with large, sweeping motions against mounted warriors. Over time, the Naginata became a weapon of self-defense, used by women to protect their homes. Now, bamboo replaces the sword and Naginata is practiced as a sport and as a means of character development (budo). It is similar to fencing. Traditionally a Japanese women’s martial art, Naginata is now practiced outside of Japan by men and women of many ages.