The Ancient Art Of Naginata
Naginata (薙刀) is a Japanese pole weapon traditionally used by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wooden staff with a curved blade on the end. 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.
Like other modern Japanese martial 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. Practice includes choreographed forms (kata) and practice in armour. Competitions are held around the world for both competitive fighting in armour and for kata.