(Atarashii “new”) Naginata is a martial art suitable for men and women all ages. The discipline uses bamboo and lightweight oak pole-arm as a modern representation of a Japanese style halbard. Unlike other martial arts, Naginata is a long-distance and not close quarters art, because the modern naginata used is about 2.25cms long, and with a partner or opponent (for armour practice) this means players are about 4m apart, or should really be no closer than 1.5m at the strike point. Like other martial arts choreographed routines (kata, called shikake-oji) and technique drills form the basis of teaching and building confidence for wearing armour like Kendo players, with the addition of shin protectors and split finger gloves. London Naginata Dojo has experienced, insured and dedicated coaches. We practice before Wakaba Children’s Kendo club class in the same location.