Illustrated Naginata – a free book from the All Japan Naginata Federation

This 150 page, soft cover book (pdf) was produced by the Zen Nihon Naginata Renmei. It is a guide, both for beginners and practicing Naginataka, for preparation, self study, and revision. An easy to follow pictorial type format facilitates understanding.

Naginata, the Definative Guide – by Alex Bennett
Alex Bennett goes into the history and practice of naginata, using original source materials, and technical photos taken under the guidance of Kimura Yasuko Sensei.

With the approval of the International Naginata Federation, this is the first comprehensive English-language guide to this growing martial art, and the first in any language to gather all this information into one place. – lots of nice video and other stuff (and an English language version) at the Belgium Naginata Association website

Other interesting stuff

Hagakure – Hagakure (meaning In the shadow the Leaves or Hidden Leaves), is a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior, drawn from a collection of commentaries by the samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

The Book of Five Rings(五輪書 Go Rin No Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645.

The Unfettered Mind – The Unfettered Mind is a three-part treatise on Buddhist philosophy and martial arts written by Takuan Soho, a Japanese monk of the Rinzai sect. The title translates roughly to The Mysterious Records of Immovable Wisdom.

Kendo Equipment Manual – A guide to the using and maintaining kendo equipment (which is almost identical to much naginata equipment), including clothing and armour.  Available in English, French and German (see links at the bottom right of the page for self-extracting zip file).



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