Training sessions are preceded by a 5-10 minute warm-up, bowing-in and ashi sabaki and datotsu (a run through of basic footwork and strikes). The majority of the session is spent working with partners to improve on technique.
Protocol is very important in any martial art and as such we work to show respect for all practitioners both senior and junior to oneself. Before stepping onto the shiai-jo floor, shoes and socks must be removed and a bow of respect made towards the shomen. Similarly, on leaving the floor, one should bow to the shomen.
- Saturday 3 Feb - 10 March
- Saturday 19 May - 23 June
- Saturday 22 Sept - 27 Oct
- Cost: $60 for adults / $40 for students and children
- Class times: 10.30am - 12.30pm.
- Naginata Intro Course Application Form
The traditional pairing of hakama and keikogi are the standard uniform for practicing naginata. Availability of the lighter cotton white keikogi being generally less easily available in Australia, a heavier kendo or iaido style keikogi is acceptable. In winter, we do accept the wearing of thermals or other similar gear beneath the hakama and kikogi on the proviso that it is not visible. Training is done in bare feet at all times of the year.
For beginners courses or new members, hakama and keikogi are not immediately required. A light top and pants (no denim) that are not so long to be a tripping hazard are perfectly acceptable for practicing in.
All jewellery, watches and similar items must be removed or suitably covered (with tape etc) prior to training as they can present a hazard.
We train with the atarashii-style bamboo and oak naginata. Club equipment is available for use during class although members are encouraged to purchase their own naginata either through the club or via one of the suggested suppliers listed on the Resources page.
Bogu, or armour, is not used by our students until after they have demonstrated a certain level of proficiency. Properly fitted bogu is extremely important and we do have a club armourer to help assist with measuring for ordering personal bogu or for fitting with dojo bogu that is available for hire.