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Naginata

Naginata (なぎなた/長刀/薙刀) is a pole weapon usually used by Japanese samurai which in recent times has become strongly associated with women. It consists of a wood shaft with a curved blade fashioned onto the end. Usually, it also had a sword-like guard (tsuba) between the blade and shaft. Most naginata practise today is in a modernised form, a gendai budo called Atarashii naginata in which competitions also are held. Naginata is also practised within the Bujinkan and in some koryu schools.

See also: Bo-jutsu[?] budo yari martial arts



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