Hello to the club from Kyoto! Here it has been freezing cold. There has been many occasions after morning aikido training we open the windows to see snow falling outside! Another way to escape the cold has been to head to the local bath house (sentou) and soak in the hot water until you forget what the temperature outside was. This provides the right mood for some sake to be drunk afterwards :-)
The waza that I have been practicing the most whilst over here has been busting concrete with the jackhammer. My parents in law are renovating their house so I have been busy helping with any labour that needs doing. This has been a good test of my posture training as I find posture alignment harder to maintain after the fatigue sets in when wielding a 30 odd kilo jackhammer. See you back in the dojo on the 24th!