A few weeks ago I had my first Naginata competition. It was for Saga prefecture and included all ages, which were broken up into elementary school students, junior high school students, high school students, adults under 30, adults 30-60, and adults over 60. Everyone who participated was female, except for two of my male high school students and a couple of young boys (maybe kindergarten students?) who were part of a demonstration.
All of the elementary school and younger students were so cute! For shiai (sparring), they didn't wear bogu (armor), but instead performed engi(forms)-style uchikaeshi (a sequence of strikes) against an adult wearing bogu -- i.e. two performed at the same time and the judges decided which was better.
I competed in engi; it was over so fast! I was sitting down expecting to compete after lunch, and then suddenly I was beckoned to line up. I wasn't nervous at all. I went into autopilot, which worked out okay. My partner and I were eliminated right away, which isn't all that surprising considering we've been studying Naginata for far shorter than the people we were competing against. A club member's daughter videotaped us; it was my first time seeing myself doing engi on video so it was really interesting and I could see why the pair we were up against won (my movements weren't entirely clean & precise at times, and I'm sure my partner made mistakes too).
In any case, my partner and I were one of only three teams in our age group, so we got 3rd-place certificates, which was nice. And it's really good to have experience competing!
 I'm glad my high school students were in a different category because I wouldn't want to compete against them!
 Of which there weren't any.
 Partly because I had misread the schedule (it was in Japanese) and partly because things were going well ahead of schedule -- the competition finished an hour early.
 I focused on myself when watching the video and didn't see what she did.