|The Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Photo by Andy Finley, Hanshi|
Some sensei of Juko Kai International and Seiyo Shorin Ryu teach these koryu arts and the only other association I found on the internet that includes naginata training is the US Naginata Federation. However, there is a major difference in the JKI and SKI arts from the USNF arts. The JKI and SKI arts are traditional combat arts, while the USNF is sport art. When I searched for associations that teach sojutsu in the US, only JKI and Seiyo Shorin-Ryu came up.
|Arizona samurai who tested for naginata certification |
included Shihan Neal Adam (6th dan), Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan), Sensei
Ryan Harden (1st dan), Sensei Patrick Scofield (1st dan), Scott Pritchett
(5th kyu) and Ben Moeur (9th kyu).
|Sensei Bill Borea (with bokken) and Sensei Patrick Scofield (with naginata) at the Arizona |
School of Traditional Karate at 60 W. Baseline Road in Mesa.
|Soke Hausel in traditional hakima|
|Sensei Ryan Harden trains with naginata during bunkai exercises.|
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- Sinclaire, C., 2001. Samurai: The weapons and spirit of the Japanese warrior: The Lyons Press: 144 p.