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photo:Martin Nobida, 2017

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Naginata Classes in session!
Mercer Island Community Center and
Bellevue NW Arts Center
Tacoma Jefferson Park

Naginata Classes coming soon to Eastern WA!

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PNNF 4th Annual Taikai and Exam December 7, 2019 (see calendar)

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Our beginner's workshop on September 7, 2019 was a huge success! 7 people came to try it out!

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.