Friday, 5 September 2014

Shodan quest - Kyoto

Henry and I spending 800 yen for luck.
 So Henry Chris and I took the Shinkansen to Kyoto on Sunday. This is one of the most used long distance train lines in the world and it takes 2 hours to travel the 250 km in air conditioned comfort and with more legroom than business class.

In Kyoto we are staying at K's house hostel which has to be one of the cleanest nicest and cheap hostels around. We got a 4 person dorm room as we are waiting for Igor to come on Tuesday. Our first training was Monday 10:30am at the Kyoto police dojo.

Look at how nice this place
After some trouble finding the entrance to the dojo we were welcomed and escorted to the best mat area I have ever seen . 4 full sized judo competition areas long and on a sprung floor, down stars is kendo and upstairs is shared between judo and taiho jitstu. The police were all very nice and didn't smash us as badly as the could but we all spent a while looking up at the ceiling.

Chris getting his shoulder fixed by 8 Dan and Physio
Matsuura Sensei.
After 3 days training with the police we visited Daishin Judo club where Matsuura Sensei (8 dan) was nice enough to give Chris some treatment for his injured shoulder. The Daishin Club is located under the train lines in Osaka and is a super friendly homely little place to train. Thanks for making us feel welcome Daishin


The whole team and the first Smurf we spotted in Japan

After Judo drinks/ look this is bigger than my head

Henries abs are now a club mascot