What is Naginata?

Naginata is a Japanese weapon consisting of a sword mounted to the end of a staff. The art of wielding the naginata has been handed down through the generations since its use in the battlefields in medieval Japan. Naginata is unique among martial arts in the following way: for the last three centuries the tradition of Naginata has been kept alive primarily by women.

About NCNF

The Northern California Naginata Federation (NCNF) holds classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, including El Cerrito and San Jose. NCNF is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of development and administration of modern naginata in the northern part of California. It was established in 1990 by Miyako Tanaka and Malyne Hazard, along with others who were practicing since the early 1970s. NCNF conducts seminars, runs tournaments, conducts ranking examinations, and generally fosters the development of naginata while maintaining the rigorous standards of the art. It is a regional affiliate of the United States Naginata Federation which is in turn a regional affiliate of the International Naginata Federation.

Atarashii Naginata

Atarashii (modern) Naginata is the most widespread form of naginata practiced today. It was created in 1955 after the relaxation of the martial arts ban following World War II, and is a standardized combination of techniques from the most influential of the traditional schools of naginata in Japan at that time. Practice includes the use of both kata (choreographed practice) and shiai (full-contact sparring with flexible weapons and armor). The All Japan Naginata Federation (AJNF) defines technical specifications for regulations and promotion. The term "Atarashii Naginata" refers to dojos recognized by the AJNF and the International Naginata Federation (INF).

Tendo Ryu

Tendo Ryu is one of many koryu, classical Japanese schools of martial arts. Tendo Ryu was founded by Saito Denkibo Katsuhide in the 1560s. It was originally known for its kenjitsu (sword practice), but now focuses primarily on naginata. It is taught using kata with a naginata against a sword. Tendo Ryu is managed by an organization called Shingetsu Kai, and the main dojo is Shubukan.