Hi everyone! I’m Abigail, and I’m going to be taking over as the UTNC Webmaster for the rest of the year. I’ll be one of your first lines of contact online, so I’m looking forwards to being in touch with all of you!

This year, I’m hoping to bring this site to life with some new content. So! Throughout the year, in addition to reminders about practices and social events, I’d also like to make a few posts here about Naginata that’ll hopefully be helpful to beginners and interested newbies who’d like to learn a bit more about the martial art and the club.

As the beginner tournament and grading are both coming up pretty soon, I thought I’d start by posting a couple of engi videos for those of you going for grading. Check them out below the cut!

For any complete beginners who might be reading this; engi are a series of practiced strikes and movements used to help teach basics. In a tournament setting, two pairs compete at a time. They’re marked by either red or white ribbons around their waists, and they’re judged based on whose form is more technically correct. At the end of the match, the judges raise either a red or white flag to show which pair they thought was better.

Beginners; while watching these videos, keep in mind that you don’t have to move this fast yet, and it’s better to focus on form instead of speed. Try to pay attention to how completely synchronized the pairs are, and how smooth and precise every single movement is. From the moment they step into the court to the last second when they step off the court, every movement is synchronized and controlled.

For the upcoming tournament and grading, you’ll be focusing mostly on engi 1 and 2. It was surprisingly hard to find good videos of just engi 1 and 2 being performed right after each other, so the first video will be of engi 1, 4, and 5. This video is the final match of a Japanese high school Naginata tournament.

This video is of engi 2, 3, and 5, and it’s also high school level Naginata.

And finally, here’s a video of the competitors at the All Japan Championship doing engi 1 through 8. This video isn’t in a formal tournament setting, but it’s still pretty interesting to watch anyways!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit up any of the execs on Facebook, or send an email to uoftnaginata@gmail.com, or come talk to us in person at practice. In the next few days, I’m going to be updating the vocab page with the calls for corner kihon, which will be a big part of your grading. So, stay tuned for that!

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