By Yossi Sheriff

Naginata (なぎなた, 長刀 or 薙刀) is a Japanese halberd, a pole weapon. It is made of a wood shaft with a curved blade attached to the end, and is similar to the European glaive. Usually, it also had a sword-like guard (tsuba) between the blade and shaft.

The martial art of wielding the naginata is called Naginata jutsu. Most naginata practise today is in a modernised form, a Gendai budo called "Naginata", in which competitions also are held. Naginata is also practised within the Takamatsu den and in some koryu schools.

List of Naginata techniques

Video list of Naginata techniques