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JCCC Cultural and Heritage Programming is generously sponsored in part by the Toyota Foundation
Since 2003, the JCCC Naginata Club has instructed members in the art of the Naginata, or Japanese polearm. Use of the naginata dates back to the 7th Century, but in the 15th Century, it was phased out on the Japanese battlefield in favour of the yari, or spear. The “obsolete” naginata were given to the women of samurai families, and thus the knowledge of the naginata became a normal part of girls’ education. In the years since World War II, the art of Atarashii Naginata (“new” Naginata) has spread beyond Japan to fifteen other countries, including Canada, with regular national and international competition for both women and men. Club members regularly participate in seminars and tournaments in Canada and abroad, including Canada’s bronze medal-winning teams at the two most recent World Championships.
We teach Atarashii Naginata, the modern sporting form of the art. Naginata is a new art in Canada, and our club is proud to help build this art in Canada. We have regular access to hanshi-level teachers, but they live in the United States, and we see them several times per year. Day to day classes are led by our senior students, Marija Landekic (sandan), Susan Davis (nidan), Young Shim (nidan), Matthew Headland (shodan), Jonathan Levstein (shodan), and Wesley Law (shodan).
Our students also have the opportunity to study the classical (koryu) art of Tendo-ryu naginatajustsu, including seminars organized by the Shin Getsu Kai. Tendo-ryu dates back to the late 1500s, and was taught to high school girls across Japan before World War II. Students interested in Tendo-ryu will need to attend one or more of our monthly out-of-town practices to begin their training, and attendance at an annual week-long seminar, held at the end of June, will be necessary to progress.
We have a limited supply of naginatas for the use of new members. Training fees for adults are $25.00 plus HST. Members of the club are expected to be current members of the JCCC, and to sign the JCCC martial arts waiver, both of which can be handled at the front desk. As students progress, they’ll be expected to obtain equipment at their own expense, to join the Canadian Naginata Federation, and to cover the costs of seminars, tournaments, and promotion tests that they participate in.
New students are always welcome.