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?
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.