Naginata is a traditional Japanese
martial art of both power and grace.
Naginata is a martial art that both men and women can participate in together. It can be enjoyed by all people who are interested in either competitive fighting, or in the beauty of choreographed, practiced movements, called kata. The practice of naginata helps to foster physical and mental discipline, grace, and awareness of self and others. A further aim of the ANF is to encourage cultural exchange between Australia and Japan through visits, seminars and other shared activities.
Today's Naginata practice weapon is made from a wooden staff with bamboo slats in place of the blade. Naginata kata (or form) is practiced with a weapon that has a wood blade fashioned similarly to metal blade. During sparring and at other times when there will be contact, armour is worn by the participants to protect the target areas. The dojo can provide armour and practice weapons for beginning and intermediate students.
The Australian Naginata Federation is affiliated with the International Naginata Federation . The INF is responsible for the development and administration of modern Naginata around the world. As such it conducts seminars, runs tournaments, conducts ranking examinations, and generally fosters the development of Naginata while maintaining the rigorous standards of the art.
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Australian state Naginata associations afilliated with the ANF: