London Dojo to Host Sumi Kaoru Sensei September 2016

Sumi Sensei will lead the seminar
Sumi Sensei will lead the seminar

We are delighted to announce details of the London Naginata Dojo, hosting Mrs Sumi Kaoru sensei for a WEEKEND of extended practice.

We are excited to welcome Mrs SUMI Kaoru sensei, Godan Hanshi in Atarashii Naginata, who coming to London, from PARIS where Mrs Sumi will based with her husband MR SUMI Masatake sensei, who will be teaching in Paris the weekend after London Naginata dojo hosts MRS Sumi sensei.

For full information on the event and to book, click here.

2015 Annual British Naginata Seminar Details

We are delighted to announce details of the 2015 annual BNA naginata seminar which has been moved from our usual Spring-time date to Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015.

We are excited to welcome Mrs SUMI Kaoru sensei, Godan Hanshi in Atarashii Naginata, who is flying in from Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan.

The seminar will take place in Welwyn Garden City.  There will also be a ‘warm up’ bogu practice of 90 minutes on Friday 11th September, 19:30-21:00 with Mrs Sumi sensei in bogu too.

There is a further Dan grades only afternoon session (14:00-17:00) on Friday 11th September too.

Examinations will be all Kyu ranks and to Shodan only.

The INF know Mrs Sumi sensei is heading this examination panel, and that the BNA is meeting the INF criteria for the examination panel.

Mrs Kaoru SUMI sensei
Mrs Kaoru SUMI sensei

Mrs Sumi sensei is accompanying her husband Mr SUMI Masatake sensei on his visit to both London and later Paris, France for Kendo. Therefore the BNA moved its annual Naginata seminar by 6 months, to accommodate her visit with her husband.

The INF and ENF are aware of this visit.

 

Information regarding the event (pdfs):

  1. Welcome Letter
  2. Schedule
  3. Examination Instructions
  4. Finding the sports hall and accommodation
  5. International Examinees Permission Form
  6. Examination Criteria

Online Booking

Use this online booking form:

2015 BNA Seminar

Description:

NOTE ON GRADING

Grading is to shodan only.

Please complete and return with payment by 15 August 2015.

Seminar Cost:

- £90.00 (Seminar only)
- £115.00 (Seminar and shodan grading)

Grading Cost:

Kyu grading candidates - £15 - please pay at the seminar

Please book each attendee separately using the form below.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

Notes

PAYMENT for the KYU exam is taken at the seminar – it will be £15 (inclusive of menjo certificate if you are successful).  KYU grading payments are collected at the seminar and not included in your booking fee.

Shodan grading payment is taken at the time of booking. Successful candidates who pass, will be asked to pay on the examination day, the fee that INF demands for registration and menjo. The BNA passes this additional fee direct to the INF.

We accept payment by cheque, bank transfer, paypal or credit card. (Please note the credit card payment uses Paypal, but you do not need a Paypal account).

We look forward to your support and to welcoming students of all ability levels!

 

 

 

 

European Naginata Championships 2014 – Travel and Accommodation

Britain has stepped in to host the European Naginata Championships 2014.  The competition was due to be held in Ukraine, but due to regional instability there, the ENC has had to be relocated to the BNA.

This will mean some changes to the usual format.  In particular, the BNA will not be organizing accommodation for participants.

To help attendees make both their own travel and accommodation arrangements as far in advance as people feel they are able to, we are offering the following advice and suggestions.

  1. Welcome Letter
  2. Accommodation
  3. Travel Advice – Airports
  4. Travel Advice – Eurostar and Trains
  5. Travel Advice – Ferry ports and Euro-tunnel

Competition (ENC and Goodwill) entry forms will be posted shortly, here.

Separately, the seminar participation, some meals and the Sayonara forms with costs, will also be posted shortly, here.

 

 

 

NNR Spring Seminar 2014

Dear Naginata friends,

Please find attached the registration form for the NNR spring seminar.

As you will notice this year the spring seminar will not have Dan grade exams nor have a sensei coming from Japan.

This is due to the INF seminar which will be in the Netherlands from the 22th to the 24th of August.

The location is near the city of Utrecht which has a very nice city center and a large amount of nice hotels and hostels ranging from 15 euro per night upwards.

For finding accommodation we recommend using websites like:

Due to unforeseen circumstances this registration may reach you a bit late, but we hope you can find the time and opportunity to come and join us nonetheless.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Mark Berghaan

2014 Annual British Naginata Seminar Details

We are delighted to announce details of the 2014 annual BNA naginata seminar.

The seminar will take place in Stevenage on the weekend of Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th March 2014.  There will also be an optional ‘warm up’ practice of 90 minutes on Friday 7th in the early evening.

The venue is The Thomas Alleyne Academy.   For those unfamiliar with Stevenage, it is only 30 minutes by train from Kings Cross St. Pancras (the Eurostar station in central London).

David (2)
David D’Hose sensei, Godan (Belgium), will join us for the annual British naginata seminar in 2014

We are pleased to welcome, David D’HOSE sensei, Godan (Belgium). He will be joined by Hiromi UMIZAWA sensei, Godan (Japan). They will also form the examination panel for the grading with Rachel from the London dojo.

Information regarding the event (pdfs):

  1. Welcome Letter
  2. Schedule
  3. Travel Advice
  4. International Examinees Permission Form
  5. ENF Examination Criteria
  6. Accommodation Overview

Online Booking

Use this form to book online.

PAYMENT for the KYU exam is taken at the seminar – it will be £15 (inclusive of menjo certificate if you are successful).  Grading payments are collected at the seminar and not included in your booking fee.

We accept payment by cheque, bank transfer, paypal or credit card. (Please note the credit card payment uses Paypal, but you do not need a Paypal account).

We look forward to your support and to welcoming students of all ability levels!

 

NOTES ON GRADING
Grading is to Ikkyu only.

If you are hoping to progress your gradings this year, you may be able to take one grade at this seminar and still leave the recommended minimum time before another grading later in the year (for example, at the INF, being hosted in Netherlands 22-24th August, 2014 and later the ENF’s European Naginata Championships in November 2014).  Of course that timing would be subject to your own sensei’s recommendation on your progress.

What’s a Naginata?

People often ask about the weapon we use and so when I found this on Facebook I thought it might be helpful in showing the differences between, for example, a naginata (long handle, shorter blade) and a nagamaki (equal length blade and handle) and yari (spear) as well as a host of other Japanese weapons.

Weapon Types
Weapon types (with thanks to www.JapanLover.Me)

Autumn Mini Seminar 2013

BNA Autumn Mini Seminar 2013
BNA Autumn Mini Seminar 2013 – some of the attendees outside the ‘local’ following the seminar.

Each year we hold a ‘mini-seminar’ and grading in the Autumn and the 2013 seminar was held on Saturday 28th September at the Britannia Leisure Centre in Hackney, London.

We were delighted that Hiromi sensei and Charlotte sensei were able to lead the seminar, ably supported by the host dojo leader Rachel.

The seminar focused largely on basics.  The morning session started with a warm up and then went into jogeburi (swinging the naginata), datotsu (strikes), and footwork in some detail.  Following a short break for lunch, the session moved on to shikaki-oji kata practice followed by a short session in armour, with more senior members concluding with a bout of free fencing (jigeiko).

The seminar concluded with a mock grading for those who will soon be of a standard to take their next examination and a real grading for two newer practitioners – Francis and Colin.  Francis successfully passed his 4th kyu and Colin his 5th kyu.  Congratulations!

Examinees and examiners at the BNA Autumn Mini Seminar 2013
Examinees (Colin and Francis) and examiners (Hiromi sensei and Charlotte sensei) at the BNA Autumn Mini Seminar 2013

Great Britain finally fields a team at the European Championship 2012

Last November 2012, we fielded a team, while we didn’t manage the full 5 team members to give us the edge over countries who did field the full whack (which was only Belgium, France, Czech, and Germany) – we managed like Italy with four members instead.

euro-2012-pic1Paul and Rachel were delighted to welcome first-timers, Claire and Adrian. As the BNA is more limited on the funds for entry fees we were going for experience and to do our best. This meant we judged our best pitch was to enter one pair for shikake-oji, (a country can enter 2 pairs maximum), and it was Adrian and Rachel. Not least Adrian had recently spent a year in Kansai, (west) Japan and had an impending Nidan (second dan) exam two days later. Paul who is also a Kendo player, loves his bogu (full armour) and therefore entered the shiai (bogu matches) for both the team and the individuals. It was Claire’s first time, and she went as the lowest Kyu allowed by the Championship rules, ie, 3kyu – she was there for the team.

Claire and Adrian
Claire and Adrian

 

Claire conveyed that she found it a complete thrill and privilege to travel to Prague and to be a part of the British team. It was her first ever international event, let alone competing with an actual team Whilst waiting for the team matches to begin, it was a good lesson to see everyone else in the respective Engi matches, men’s and women’s individual matches. For a newbie Claire actually got really inspired and excited to go.

With total fear and anxiety, my turn came and I joined everyone in armour and stood with the team. We had 3 matches, so I knew I’d soon get into it. The first one came – Italy and GB – and it was over in a flash! No sooner was I walking on, than it was over, and I was walking off – and that was it, I couldn’t wait to get back up there, and I couldn’t wait to have another go, with more confidence, more relaxation. By the third fight, although still making rookie mistakes, I felt I was holding my own much more. It was utterly brilliant, and I’d love to do it again”.

Claire showed sterling spirit against much more experienced players. We had to remind her not to cross her feet and walk during Hasso – it seems a bit of nerves took over. Rachel’s sensei underlined that Hasso is a kamae to attack straight away. Paul once again showed shiai spirit and timing. Rachel promptly embarrassed herself in the individuals by tripping over Paul’s giant size sune (shin pads) he had lent her – much to the amusement of her opponent. (In her defence, Rachel noted bamboo slats are not always flush to the sune-padding). Adrian showed fantastic effort by being the only to win a match by two clear points – we were extremely proud of him and cheered loudly.

Adrian scores!
Adrian scores!

 

As always we come away with tales of near misses, and almost ippon cuts. We also come away to reflect on what makes a good strike. Everyone came away noting that overwhelmingly once again 90% of scored points appeared to be Sune (shin). This raised debate that sport Naginata was turning into the “Way of the Sune” rather than Naginata-do. Again the domination and seniority of French and Belgian players meant there were no surprises over eventual winners of both the team and individual matches. The other countries to note in terms of how far the standard has been raised, was Germany and in particular the women players, and the hosts, the Czech Republic. Their level has risen to inspiring levels so they had reason to feel pleased with their medal status in Bronze positions. Adrian summed up the positive and inspirational levels he was seeing, that next time he wanted to see a British person in the medals position. That is quite some challenge to rise to by 2014 when Ukraine hosts the next European Championships. Not only do we hope to get better, but the bigger challenge will be who is around to square up to the undisputed kings of the shiai court, Belgium and France.

Finally we were extremely proud that at this Championships, Adrian tested for his Nidan and successfully achieved it by a good margin. That previous year in Japan he spent teaching English and attending the local Naginata dojo held him in good stead and it was a well deserved pass.

Attending the next European Championships in autumn 2014, Ukraine will be a challenge on cost alone not least beforehand is the INF seminar in Netherlands, and the following year 2015 will be a World Championships, held in Toronto, Canada. As ever, we hope that the love of Naginata will shine through and British people will continue to be inspired by other international players.