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PNNF and Cascade Kendo Kai joint Demonstration at Bellevue College 2022 Japan Week. Photo: Michelle You

PNNF and CKK Joint Kendo-Naginata Demonstration Japan Week 2022

PNNF and Cascade Kendo Kai (CKK) were back at Bellevue College's Japan Week Martial Arts Demo this past weekend. It was great to see our friends again and perform for everyone. Our joint demonstration featured Kendo Kirikaeshi and Naginata Uchikaeshi demonstrations and then five Kendo vs Naginata free sparring matches. Look for photos from the matches later on this site as well as on our FB and Instagram pages.


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.