About the INF

naginata_16The International Naginata Federation was officially launched on December 8, 1990. The first affiliates were America, France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, and Japan. The elected officers were President Yanagawa Kakuji (Japan), Vice Presidents Kondō Tadahiko (France), Dorothy Ichiyasu (America), Shimoyama Takeshi (Japan), Standing Director Konishi Shizuko (Japan), Directors Simone Charton (France), Helen Nakano (America), Alex Bennett (New Zealand), Funahara Shizue (Japan), Kimura Yasuko (Japan), Kozawa Takiko (Japan), and Kawamori Keiko was appointed Secretary General. On December 9, the 1st INF Friendship Tournament (right) was held at the Nippon Budokan in commemoration of the launching.

The tournament was followed by an international training seminar at the Nippon Budokan’s training centre in Katsuura City, Chiba Prefecture. Since then, international friendship tournaments have been held in Paris (1992), America (1993), and the World Naginata Championships in Japan (1995), France (1999), America (2003), Belgium (2007), Japan (2011) and Canada (2015).

The Japanese competitors tend to dominate the events, but the level of non-Japanese men has improved dramatically in recent years. The number of countries affiliated to the INF is fourteen (as of 2015) with a growing number applying for provisional entry into the INF. The INF sponsors international training seminars on an annual basis. Current members and structure of the INF is as follows:

President
Kumiko Hashimoto (JPN)
Vice-Presidents
Yasuko Kimura (JPN), Shoko Miyagawa (JPN), Helen Nakano (USA), Alex Bennett (NZL)
Secretary General
Katsuko Tamaki (JPN)
Auditors  Akie Abe (JPN), Masahiko Iwahori (JPN)
Zones and Affiliates
Zone
Members
Representative Director
Asia
Japan
Yasui Midori (JPN), Sensui Takako (JPN)
Europe
Belgium
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Sweden
United Kingdom
David d’Hose (BEL)
Oceania
Australia
New Zealand
Hamish Robison (NZL)
Pan-America
Brazil
Canada
United States
Karen Schmucker (USA)