Tangoubukan to Host 2017 NCNF Spring Seminar

The Tangoubukan will host the 2017 Northern California Spring Seminar and Tanaka Sensei Memorial Embu on May 20, 2017. The one-day event continues an decades old tradition begun under the late Miyako Tanaka Price, the founder of the NCNF, of providing broad, yet deep training for locals interested in furthering or learning about the art of Naginata. 

It is open to all NCNF members as well as anyone in the public who is curious about learning about this traditional martial art.

Overall details are as follows:

WHAT: 2017 NCNF Spring Seminar and Miyako Tanaka Sensei Memorial Embu
WHEN: May 20, 2017, 1030am to 500pm
WHERE: CPAA, 2148 Bollinger Road, San Jose, California
WHO: Open to any member of the NCNF or public. Primary instructors will be Martin Nobida and Chad Goerzen, with Temuchin Lowe as a guest instructor.
PRICE: $35

For experienced naginata practitioners, the event will focus on basic technique, kata, sparring and tournament preparation. Many of naginata members will participate in the coming US Naginata Federation's national championships, seminar and exams in July, so this event will help in their preparation An instructor will be assigned to any new students or for members of the public who want to get an idea of what naginata is all about.

The day will end with the second annual Miyako Tanaka Sensei Memorial Embu, a chance for martial artists to perform for the late Tanaka sensei.



NCNF to Host 2017 US Championships and 1st Pan American Match in Sonoma, Calif.

The Northern California Naginata Federation (NCNF) in late July will host the US Naginata Federation's (USNF) national event on the campus of Sonoma State University in Sonoma, Calif.

Highlights of the event include the 17th USNF Naginata Championship Tournament and the 1st Pan American Match, both of which will be held on July 29.

The USNF will also be holding a two-day naginata seminar prior to the tournaments, on July 27 and July 28. The day after the tournaments, on July 30, the USNF will conduct examinations for candidates challenging for ranks as high as yondan (fourth degree black belt)--three instructors from the All Japan Naginata Federation will instruct the seminars as well as sit on the examination panel.  

The NCNF  has among its ranks the current reigning national champion for men's individual and team shiai (fighting). They will defend their titles, which they won in 2016 in Torrance, Calif. 

For more information visit the USNF website. 

TGBK to Demonstrate at the 2017 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

Come see our next Naginata demonstration! The Tangoubukan and the Northern California Naginata Federation (NCNF) have been invited once more to perform at this year's Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival.

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, from 2:20pm to 2:50pm

WHERE: Memorial Park. 10185 N STELLING RD, CUPERTINO, CA 95014

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival honoring Cupertino’s sister city of Toyokawa, Japan, will be held Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Park, the Quinlan Community Center and the Senior Center. 

NCNF to Restart Annual Spring Seminar; Adds Tanaka Sensei Memorial Embu

The Northern California Naginata Federation will hold its 2016 NCNF Spring Seminar and Tanaka Sensei Memorial Embu on May 14 and May 15 at San Jose State University in SPX-178 (formerly called “the fencing room,” or SPX-89). The event restarts a long tradition begun under the late Miyako Tanaka Price of providing broad, yet deep training for locals interested in furthering or learning about the art of Naginata. The Tangoubukan will be closed that day.

The seminar portion of the event will span both Saturday and Sunday and will cover material from absolute fundamentals to sandan-level kata and bogu. It will also include a portion focusing on judging and refereeing for yudansha participants holding sandan or higher and a portion on ring-management for participants with lower rank. The seminar will culminate in a short mock tournament, where all participants get to put into practice everything they learned during the weekend.

This year’s event will close with a short Tanaka Sensei Memorial Embu, in which interested participants will perform various budo and bujutsu in her honor. Tanaka sensei was a driving force in spreading Naginata in Northern California and the world. All Naginata practitioners in this area are part of her legacy, so they are invited to participate.

Price for participating in the two-day event is a flat fee of $30.

For questions, contact Martin Nobida at nobida@yahoo.com.




No Class on April 30

The Tangoubukan will not have class on April 30. Senior members of the dojo will join the San Jose State University Kendo and Naginata Club to demonstrate Naginata and participate in a Bay Area collegiate Kendo godogeiko to be held at Stanford University.