Also known as "atarashii naginata" (あたらしいなぎなた) is a modern martial art involving the use of a Japanese halberd. The early users of naginata were foot attendants to the samurai and warrior monks. The primary use was to cut horses legs during battles. In about 1400 A.D., the fighting style changed to using a long straight spear in massed formations. The naginata was not suited for this style of warfare. It then was left home for the women to guard the house and castle with. All samurai class women were trained to use the naginata and a small dagger. The weapon has been associated with women ever since.

After WWII, some naginata masters gathered together to develop a sportified, post-modern version of naginata practice that was originally designed for Junior High School level girls physical education classes. This practiced evolved further into a recreational physical activity, suitable for individuals of all ages. This was how (atarashii) naginata was born.

Today, naginata is practiced worldwide by people of all ages and genders, and continuing to grow in both numbers and in diversity. The standard curriculum comprises of non-contact pre-arranged forms (kata) and full-contact sparring.

About Us

The Greater New York Naginata Federation (GNYNF) is a not-for-profit organization founded on January 31, 2006 by Sachiko Yamauchi-Prough, Sensei (Kyoshi) and John Prough (3-dan), as a way to provide education in the Japanese martial art of Naginata to the public. This includes aiding in support for start-up naginata study groups and pop-up dojos that do not have local access to a high-ranking sensei by providing virtual education and other resources. We also collaborate with other martial arts dojos, cultural organizations, as well as other not-for-profit organizations in various events ranging from joint workshops to public demonstrations. Our goal is for others to enjoy the Japanese martial art of naginata through practice and support of the federation. GNYNF is a regional affiliate of the USNF (United States Naginata Federation).


Executive Board

President: Sasha Corchado, 4-dan

Vice President: Katie Roche, 5-dan

Treasurer: Patrick Magpayo, 4-dan

Executive Secretary: Nayantara Sarpeshkar, 4-dan

Recording Secretary: Roger Felipe, 3-kyu



Our main NYC classes are held on Mondays at Ken-Zen Institute in TriBeCa.

Adult Naginata Class: 7:00-9:00pm

Youth Naginata Class: 4:30-5:30pm


54 Thomas Street

New York, NY 10013

Visitors may stop by the dojo to observe a class, but we recommend you contacting us prior to your visit. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can only allow vaccinated individuals into our facilities.

Dojo Locations

We have schools located globally from NYC to Mexico, the greater Boston area to the greater Baltimore area, and even some pop-up dojos in Chicago! For more information, you can contact the dojos directly or contact us!

Greater NY:

  • Ken-Zen Institute: New York, NY
  • Columbia University Naginata Club: New York, NY
  • Maryland:

  • Maryland Jyoshinkai: Columbia, MD
  • Massachusetts:

  • Cambridge Naginata Club: Cambridge, MA
  • Chicago Pop-Up:

  • Atarashii Naginata @ Kogetsukai: Chicago, IL
  • Mexico Pop-Up:

  • Shinbukan: Mexico City, MX
  • Korea Pop-Up:

  • Seoul Dojo: Seoul, KR
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    We welcome anyone who wants to support naginata here in the Greater New York Area to join our organization! Membership helps us continue our naginata educational efforts. Dues are $20/year for adults, $10/year for minors (under 18), full-time college students, and seniors (60 and over). If interested, please click on the button below!


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