What is Naginata?

The naginata is a Japanese weapon consisting of a sword mounted to the end of a staff. The art of wielding the naginata has been handed down for generations since its use on the battlefield in medieval Japan. The practice of Naginata is unique among martial arts in the following way: for the last three centuries the tradition of Naginata has been kept alive primarily by women.

What is the USNF?

The United States Naginata Federation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and development of modern “Atarashii” Naginata in the United States. Today, the organization consists of six regional federations, all offering classes, seminars, and competition in Naginata at the local level. They are located on the West Coast, the Greater New York area, Washington, D.C., parts of the midwest, and Colorado.

What is “Atarashii” Naginata?

“Atarashii” Naginata is the contemporary version of the practice of Naginata, begun in Japan after the Second World War. It incorporates sports competition elements and techniques to the practice that keep the art interesting and relevent in the modern age. Practice includes the use of both kata (choreographed practice) and shiai (full-contact sparring with flexible weapons and armor). The All Japan Naginata Federation sets technical specifications for regulations and ranking. The term “Atarashii Naginata” refers to dojo recognized by the AJNF and the International Naginata Federation.

Board of Directors

Officers 2020-2022

Title Name Federation
President Ellery Engalla East Coast
Vice-President Kevin Saxton Southern California
Executive Secretary Shannon Lew Southern California
Treasurer Takami Tanner Rocky Mountain
Recording Secretary Rebecca Pomeroy East Coast

Regional Representatives 2020-2021

Federation Name Name
East Coast Gabriel Djinn Jessica Espinosa
Greater New York C.L Chen Sasha Corchado
Northern California Yuki Nishimura
Pacific Northwest Kurt Schmucker
Rocky Mountain Diana Payne
Southern California Cathy Mikuni Juan Hernandez