One of the first things I liked about learning Naginata is the feel of it in my hands -- I'm a very tactile person. Moving the naginata around feels natural and intuitive to me in a way that almost no other sports do. Also every time I practice I learn something. And like most exercise, Naginata makes me focus on how my body works and makes me feel stronger.
 From now on, I'm going to refer to the martial art as 'Naginata' and the weapon as 'naginata'.