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APER
05-29-2007, 08:27 PM
Hi everyone. Im Gurbaksh (Indian name), greetings from Baton Rouge. I'm new to martial arts and starting Aikido this week at a local dojo called Gentle Wind. Anyone here from B.R.? I took karate as a kid for 4 years (8-12) and am now 17. I want to take Aikido and eventually Tae Kwon Do in conjuction. Im doing it to learn to control my temper, discipline and learning to fight..Any advice? Is Aikido a good art to start with? Im trying to juggle my life and im someone who needs to have every detailed planned..I've always had martial arts as one of those details..I'd like to make it part of my lifestyle and not just do it for sport..
I know no one cares and it doesn't matter but my plans are to become a dentist, design a house like the one my family has in India, have a large garden/ small crop area, a pond, a dojo/meditaton room because im deeply religious, a recording studio/ art studio
If I can achieve this I think I'll be satisfied with my life :p peace
APER

APER
05-29-2007, 08:39 PM
http://www.gentlewinddojo.com/
Link to dojo if anyones heard of it..I plan to take the sword art too but is it good? Im new to this..any advice is appreciated

APER
05-29-2007, 09:48 PM
Dojo
Gentle Wind Dojo (single)
Address: 10226 Florida Blvd; Baton Rouge, LA
Country: United States
Instructors: Rebecca Sexton, 6th dan; Gary Hebert, 6th dan
Phone: (225) 272-8500
Schedule: M 7-8:30pm; TuTh 9:30-11am, 7-8:30pm; Sa 10-11:30am
URL: http://www.gentlewinddojo.com
Style: Tomiki
Affiliation: International Aikido Alliance

Stuff about the Dojo from this site's search capability

http://ejmas.com/pt/ptart_melancon_0602.htm
The story of the dojo..

I been reading some stuff on this forum about fake instructors, etc...So if anyone can tell me what all thats about...thanks

akiy
05-29-2007, 10:57 PM
Hi Gurbaksh,

Welcome to AikiWeb.

-- Jun

cguzik
05-30-2007, 08:14 AM
I know the folks at Gentle Wind. Neil and Doug are top-notch. I practice Iaido under the same instructor as they do, and I don't think you will be disappointed.

Chuck Clark
05-30-2007, 08:49 AM
The folks at Gentle Wind are reputable and knowledgable. Doug Wylie is the senior instructor now. I've been told that Becky Sexton has retired from budo and teaching. Their new dojo space is small but adequate and I think you'll find a good bunch of people there.

The iaido practice is first rate and under John Ray Sensei. He's a traditional teacher of a well respected ryu.

Good luck in your practice.

APER
05-30-2007, 12:33 PM
thanks for the info! Looks like im going to have to work and pay for this all myself because my family is :crazy:

Janet Rosen
05-30-2007, 03:18 PM
Looks like im going to have to work and pay for this all myself...
I guess that's part of "the training" too :-) welcome to aikiweb and best of luck as you set out on a new path with aikido.

Douglas Wylie
05-30-2007, 06:15 PM
thanks for the info! Looks like im going to have to work and pay for this all myself because my family is :crazy:

Hi Gurbaksh,

I have yet to meet you, I'm the head instructor at Gentle Wind Dojo. I can answer any question you may have, please attend my class on Thursday at 7pm.

I updated the dojo finder listing to reflect up to date information, I guess it takes a while to post.

Dojo Gentle Wind Dojo
Address: 11153 Muriel; Baton Rouge, LA
Country: United States
Instructors: Douglas Wylie 4th dan, Denzil Miracle 4th dan
Phone: (225) 272-8500
Schedule: M 7-8:30pm; TuTh 7-8:30pm; Sa 10-11:30am
URL: http://www.gentlewinddojo.com
Style: Tomiki
Affiliation: Jiyushinkai Aikibudo

Advice-

Budo practice begins with respect, be sure you conduct yourself in a respectful manner in and out of the dojo, as well as online.

I like sensei's advice too- "Don't quit, don't die."

If you want to watch an iaido class, come to a regularly scheduled class about 10 minutes early to speak with the instructor.

Douglas Wylie
05-31-2007, 12:01 PM
Gurbaksh,

I followed up with the other instructor, and he does not remember a visitor or new student matching your description.

The best way to get started is to watch a class or two and discuss your situation with me. If we are a good match I will accept you as a student.

Thanks,

Douglas Wylie

APER
06-04-2007, 09:09 PM
Thank you Mr. Wylie. I came in today, I believe I met with Mr. Denzil but i'm not too sure because I was in a bit of a rush..I will come to tommorow or thursdays class, I appreciate it!