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The UofT Naginata Club

The University of Toronto Naginata Club is dedicated to the practice of the Japanese martial art of Atarashii (Modern) Naginata. The group helps to foster the development of Naginata within the university of Canada by providing the opportunity to practice and study modern Naginata on campus.

Naginata is derived from an ancient Japanese weapon art which utilizes a glaive or pole-arm type weapon for offensive as well as defensive techniques. The art has two main components. The first consists of a series of Kata or Forms from which students learn the basic striking points, blocks and footwork. The second is free form sparring. A student who has acquired an exceptional grasp of basics will start to practice with armor (bogu) and learn to strike protected parts of the body directly. This dynamic art places a strong emphasis on martial arts etiquette, form, and respect for others while helping the practitioner to improve balance, concentration, coordination, strength and spirit.

UofT Beginner’s Naginata

This student group is dedicated to the introduction of Atarashii Naginata (Modern Naginata) to the University community and the spread of Naginata in Canada and the world. This group focuses on introducing beginners and those interested in exploring new activities the basics of Naginata, its theory and practice.