NAGINATA Monbushō Seitei Kata — Nihon-me

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 2本目 — sune no zangeki ni taishi nuki men zangeki Guidelines: ⇒ From hassō step back to avoid the sune cut, and cut to men. Notes: — This kata was studied from primary school, 6th grade. — Even if the final men cut is performed from hassō, it is not a soku-men in this case but a shōmen. Therefore, the back hand rests below the abdomen at the end of the strike. … Continue reading

NAGINATA Monbushō Seitei Kata — Ippon-me

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 1本目 — men no zangeki ni taishi uchiotoshi-zuki Guidelines: From chūdan attack and cut men. ⇒ From hidari-hassō step back, perform uchiotoshi and thrust to nodo (throat). Notes: — This kata was studied from primary school, 6th grade. — In the MSK, right or left stances are named after the position of the naginata: if the weapon is held on the left side of the body, then one is assuming a left … Continue reading

NAGINATA Monbushō Seitei Kata — Introduction

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. In 1941, the Dai-Nippon Butokukai published a set of generic kata and teaching guidelines entitled Naginata-dō Kihon Dōsa (see Kendo World issue 6.3) for the purpose of promoting a unified form of naginata to be taught in schools all around Japan. Naginata was adopted into the female physical education program in 1913 as an extracurricular activity, and then elevated to an elective subject from 1937. Until that time, naginata instruction in … Continue reading

Embrace the Failing

By Boris Jansen Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. I am still on a high after passing my kendo 6-dan in August 2013. The preparation, failing, reflection, struggling and finally passing the exam, turned out to be a much greater experience than I initially expected. The failing forced me to take a step back and helped me to transform my kendo into what I believe is more mature and varied, and on top of it, just more fun. In this … Continue reading