Another NCNF Spring Seminar is in the books. Fourteen people, including guest instructors Malyne Hazard sensei and Temuchin Lowe sensei, attended the event on May 20, at the Tangoubukan. Activities included shimpan refresher training, zen nihon kata, shikake-oji, and bogu drills and keiko.
Lowe and Hazard were institutional in helping the late Miyako Tanaka Price bring the NCNF into existence. Both are officially retired from mainstream naginata activities, but often lend a hand to the current generation of practitioners when needed.
Normally a two-day event held at San Jose State University, this year's seminar was restricted to one day and the venue moved, due to room availability. The event continued the decades old tradition begun under Tanaka sensei, the founder of the NCNF, of providing broad, yet deep training for locals interested in furthering or learning about the art of Naginata.
Martin Nobida and Chad Goerzen were primary instructors.