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Naginata-do (Toda-ha Bukō-ryū)
薙刀道   (戸田派武甲流)


What is Naginata.


Naginata-do is the study of techniques using a long wooden staff with a curved blade, traditionally used in Japanese feudal time on the battlefield.


What are the origins of Naginata.


Although originally a battlefield weapon predominantly used by men, during the Edo period the art became associated with samurai women who took up the art as a method of defence and self-development. In modern day Japan, Naginata is still predominately practiced by women, however outside of Japan the art is practiced equally by both men and women.


What is involved in Naginata training.


Naginata training involves the study of Kihon (basic movements) and Kata forms comprising both attack and defence movements.

Competitions are held around the world for both competitive fighting in armour and for performance of choreographed kata. 


Why study Naginata.


As with other Budo arts, the purpose of modern Naginata is to better yourself through the practice and perfection of the art. The practice of Naginata helps to foster physical and mental discipline, grace, and awareness of self and others.


Who are the Kuroyama Budokai Naginata Instructors.


Our Principal Instructors are:


Who are the governing bodies for Naginata.

  • International Naginata Federation (INF) is the international body whose purpose is to s to develop and promote Naginata on a global basis and foster mutual trust and friendship among Affiliates through Naginata.


What "style" of Naginata-do do we train.


Study at Kuroyama Budokai principally involves the curriculum of Toda-ha Bukō-ryū Naginta. Toda-ha Bukō-ryū is a Japanese koryū founded in the late Muromachi period c. 1560 by Toda Seigen.   After the untimely death of 20th generation sōke, Nakamura Yoichi, Toda-ha Bukō-ryū is currently under the direction of sokedairi, Kent Sorensen, in Tokyo, Japan with the assistance of a number of shihan in the United States, Europe and Australia.

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