naginata

By Baptiste Tavernier. Originally published in Kendo World 6.4, June 2013   Introduction We already introduced in Kendo World the Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa teaching guidelines that were published at the beginning of 1941 by the Dai Nippon Butokukai in order to promote a unified form of naginata in schools. We saw that this initiative somehow failed because of the antagonism between the two major naginata ryūha: the Jikishin Kage-ryū and the Tendō-ryū. Exponents of the Tendō-ryū tradition considered the Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa to be a simplification of the Jikishin Kage-ryū style rather than a unification of different traditions, and thus refused to follow the new guidelines. AsRead More →