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photo:Martin Nobida, 2017

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Naginata Classes
Mercer Island Community Center and
Bellevue NW Arts Center
Kennewick, WA (Starting in March 2020)

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All Naginata classes are canceled until further notice due to Covid-19. The state of Washington is in lockdown
until May 31, 2020.

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.