E (or ebu)
The oak shaft or handle of the naginata. It should be 175-190cm in length with 15cm at the ha end tapering to a blunted point.
Ha (or habu)
The double-strip of curved bamboo that makes up the blade of the naginata. Generally 65cm in the length.
The butt of the ha.
The tip and thrusting point of the e.
The curved (concave) back of the ha blade.
The cutting point of the ha blade, 15-20cm down from the tip of the kissaki. For a strike to be considered valid, the target point must be struck with the monouchi.
The meeting point of the ha and e where the two sections overlap for 15cm. The two parts are then secured using a white plastic tape (commonly electrical tape) so that there is an additional 1cm of tape extending past the overlap at each end.
The flat sides of the ha blade.
The curvature of the ha blade as referenced by locating the deepest part of the curve between the kissaki and the mune.
Flowing cotton or tetron trousers - the VNR favours dark blue or black for training. The tetron version is recommended for easier maintenance of the pleats and is less prone to fading.
The loose top used for training. The VNR favours the light, white cotton version with sleeves that reach close to the elbow; the ends of the sleeve may be elasticated. Heavier waffle versions are available for cold weather training.
The cotton belt worn around the waist over the keikogi and beneath the hakama.
Solid curved chest protection.
Three fingered gloves.
Armour for the head.
Heavy material groin protection.