I have been interested in the Naginata. Which arts train with it? I have seen the term Naginatajutsu, is this a practiced art on its own or simply a part of another art?

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The use of the Naginata in martial arts, naginatajutsu, is practiced in Bujinkan, Koryū (古流) and Kobudō (古武道) schools.

  • Are any practiced in the states?
    – Btuman
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 13:53
  • @Btuman I do not live in the states. But you should contact Johnny Long at <[email protected]>—he's a penetration tester/security engineer—and ask him where he practices Bujinkan—you only need to watch 2 minutes into the video to verify.
    – Igbanam
    Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 7:36
  • @Btuman - The Bujinkan has several schools in the states, including many in the midwest. There appear to be several in the Detroit area.
    – Shauna
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 20:38

Just a brief introductory list for you:

  • 肥後古流 Higo ko-ryū
  • 天道流 Tendo-ryū
  • 戸田派武甲流 Toda-ha Bukō-ryū
  • 九鬼神伝流 kukishinden-ryū
  • 日下捕手開山竹内流 Hinoshita Toride Kaizan Takenouchi-ryū
  • 立身流 Tatsumi-ryū,
  • 水鷗流 Suiō-ryū
  • 柳生心眼流 Yagyū Shingan-ryū
  • 天真正伝香取神道流 Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū
  • 鹿島新当流 Kashima Shintō-ryū
  • 馬庭念流 Maniwa Nen-ryū
  • 駒川改心流 Komagawa Kaishin-ryū
  • 鹿島神流 Kashima-Shinryū
  • and a branch of 楊心流 Yōshin-ryū

all teach 薙刀術 naginatajutsu.

The bujinkan, jinenkan, and genbukan teach naginatajutsu through 九鬼神伝流 kukishinden-ryū.

If you're looking for a sport form (like kendo), you might look into the International Naginata Federation.


I do Seishinkan Bujutsu, and we use a naginata as an optional part of the training.

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