photo:Martin Nobida, 2017
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PNNF held its sixth annual taikai and seminar at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center on November 19-20, 2022. Competitions were held in Dangai and Yudansha Engi as well as Dangai and Yudansha Shiai. See Tournament Results page.
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.