Columbia’s naginata club, under the banner of the Greater New York Naginata Federation, had a very strong showing at the United States Naginata Nationals in Torrance, CA.
Our parent federation won awards across the board. In the morning was the engi competition, where the duo of Assistant Coach C.L. Chen (TC ’15) and Miguel Martinez (CC ’19) claimed first place in the dangai division. In the afternoon were the shiai divisions. In women’s dangai, Lily Hsin (CC ’19) burned the competition, claiming second place. In men’s dangai, C.L. Chen landed a tsuki that had the whole gymnasium captivated, claiming first place in the process. Alumnus Aaron Tierney (CC ’15) also claimed third place in this event. In women’s yudansha, our head instructor Katie Roche claimed her fourth championship. Furthermore, Coach Roche served on our federation’s women’s shiai team, along with GNY President, Sasha Corchado, and Serena Tang, which went on to win first place. All in all an amazing weekend.
We’d also like to congratulate C.L. for attaining the rank of sho-dan, our other assistant coach Shirley Chu for attaining the rank of ni-dan, and Coach Roche for getting approval to take her go-dan test in Japan.
We are grateful for a very enlightening seminar under the direction of Helen Nakano Sensei, Kurt Schmucker Sensei, Takami Tanner Sensei, and Kevin Saxton Sensei, which was conducted prior to the competition. We would also like to thank the Southern California Naginata Federation for organizing such a successful event.