Certifications (menkyo) in naginata are typically given in Koryu dojo, although there are modern Gendai dojo that offer dan ranks in naginata-jutsu.
|Rich Mendolia prepares to attack Ryan |
Harden during naginata training.
In old Japan, naginata varied in size. The shaft was reported to range from 5 to 9 shaku and blade 1 to 3 shaku (a shaku equals 0.994 feet). The blade of some naginata were thought to have been recycled from katana (see William Deal, 2007, Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan. Oxford University Press. pp. 432) while other blades were likely forged for naginata.
|Patrick Scofield (1st dan) from Mesa trains with Bill Borea (2nd dan) from Gilbert|
in samurai arts at the Arizona Hombu in Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler.
|Soke Hausel, Grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu and head |
of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai shows rack of kobudo weapons.
Although considerably smaller numbers of practitioners still train in a number of koryu bujutsu systems (old school martial arts) of combative naginatajutsu that including Araki-Ryu, Tendo-Ryu, Jikishinkage Ryu, Higo Koryu, Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-Ryu, Toda-ha Buko-Ryu, Yoshin-Ryu and Dai-Yoshin Ryu.