This year’s intensive has come to an end and it’s been simply amazing.
Sensei came together with some members of the School, and we had visitors from the USA, Canada, Japan, Bulgaria and Zaragoza. A really international event…
The first thing that draws attention is the closeness and connection of all the attendees. People with years of experience in the School as well as complete beginners. We have felt really at ease with them and I am totally sure that the feeling is mutual.
About the technique, I have seen how Sensei, who is not exactly the biggest, heavy or strong person I know, handled practitioners weighing more than 110 kilos like rag dolls. Literally. No apparent force, complete relaxation. An elusive quality that we are looking for and that we call “aiki”.
We have practiced knife, sword, empty hands… all from basic solo exercises. Everything made sense and worked together in a cohesive system. And all with a very well defined and very precise method.
We want to thank Breazeale Sensei, Ian, Dugen, Patrick, Jeff, Jon and Tre for the kindness and patience they have had with us. To Nina and our bulgarian friends for coming from so far, with the effort it entails. To Kaki for attending our guests and having everything arranged and, of course, Álvaro and Alejandro for collaborating with the organization and taking care of our new friends while they were in Madrid and Zaragoza. Chema, Javier, Nacho, Chabi and Adrian, the deshi of the Seishinkan Dojo, are no less: thank you for coming and making this possible.
We are aware that many more people wanted to attend but it turned impossible for them. Thank you also to them and we hope that the next time the stars are more auspicious!
We have made good friends and, without a doubt, we will meet again soon.
“Last weekend’s Yanagi-ryu intensive was absolutely amazing. In my forties, I’ve been able to meet instructors, teachers, masters, some snake-oil sellers, and few ones who really deserved to be called Sensei. Jeremy Breazaele belongs to this latter category.
Under his apparent youth it lays an expert with from top to toe, with a treasure in his charge, which he carries with absolute solvency.
The seminar consisted of setting up the bases that, for me, are the central nerve of the martial arts.
We have all heard that talk about relaxation, posture, breathing, intention, etc. But either because they are not well understood, or because they are not well transmitted, all of that has been empty words.
During the event we saw a method, a system, and a transmission of these concepts, and how applying them in your technique, they make it unstoppable. A small big step towards what we call “aiki” or a high form of jujtsu.
The group of people from different nationalities created a very pleasant atmosphere and a solid base that makes one want to repeat soon.”
— José María Benito, Aikido, Jujutsu and Kyushojutsu practitioner.
“Having finished the seminar, I realize that I was absolutely the most inexperienced of the attendees.
From the reflection of a humble beginner, being able to feel and practice this art and philosophy of life with a great teacher and part of his students has been simply exceptional, a real privilege.
And that’s not just because of the great and close people they are. But because they’ve shown us how important the connection between mind, body and our close environment is, teaching us skills that open new paths for us.
Thank you Sensei for your infinite patience, and thanks to the people who came with you. That said, it only remains to say: Chabi, chin up!”
— Javier Tramullas, Aikido, Jujutsu and Full Contact practitioner.
“I am already happy with the study group of the Seishinkai Budo where I enjoy friends and fellow Aikido. For years I had hoped to feel Shidare Yanagi Ryu, but what I never imagined is the mixture of feelings that I would find in the seminar.
First knowing interesting facts about its history, which I think is fundamental when you attend a seminar of this magnitude, as well as learning some interesting details. One of the trivia that surprised me is when I saw the picture of Morihei Ueshiba in the kamiza and realized that he carried the kamon of the Yoshida family; it was a loan to the Ueshiba family. It’s very interesting, really.
Another thing that surprised me is the work system and the elegance in every move. Honestly, I felt like an absolute rookie, but it is the beauty of this seminar. Feeling that “first-day” feeling was an injection of adrenaline for me. It felt like my first day at Aikido. I had to convey, with my poor English, that I could not stop smiling because I did not make any effort and had the same results! I am diabetic and that means that a long-term training will lower my blood sugar and I must pause for a rest. With the advice of the soke, Jeremy Breazeale, in every movement, breathing, and base work, I obtained optimal results and a lasting practice.
Talking about breathing, we breathed a fresh, exuberant atmosphere with a connection between all the companions who made the seminar very pleasant.
I recommend to attend next year’s intensive, which I am eager to enjoy, to every practitioner of any martial art.”
— Javier Angulo, practicante de Aikido y Jujutsu