Daniel Toutain International Academy
Daniel Toutain, has been a certified French instructor ('Diplôme d'Etat')
since 1977. He was a direct student of the late Master Morihiro Saito.
He now perpetuates the teachings of Master Saito within the Daniel Toutain International Academy, which has numerous representatives in France and abroad (see the list of representatives of the Daniel Toutain International Academy)
Iwama Ryu France has grown from the Dojo of Daniel Toutain in Rennes.
Over time, the size of the group has developed considerably both in France and abroad.
Moreover, since the passing of Saito Sensei, there have been many organisations formed
with the aim of promoting the Aikido of Iwama.
Today, Daniel Toutain has a large number of students in France and throughout the world. For some time now, these people have expressed a desire to be identified with a group, or international school. Daniel Toutain has decided to respond to this wish
After consultation with most of the teachers concerned, it has been mutually agreed that the name: "Daniel Toutain International Academy" will represent the international group of Daniel Toutain's students that practice the Iwama style of Aikido he teaches.
Diplomas, international Aikido passports and various certificates will all now use the name of this school. They will be available shortly.
Note that the express wish of Daniel Toutain is that all representatives of the "Daniel Toutain International Academy" remain independent. That is to say, they are free to join any national federations of their choice.
The logo of the Daniel Toutain International Academy
There are many representatives of the Daniel Toutain International Academy in France (about thirty dojos) and abroad (about forty dojos).
These representatives are independent (they may freely choose to affiliate with national organisations, or not). As official representatives of the Daniel Toutain International Academy, they transmit teaching received from Daniel Toutain, that is to say: the Aikido of Iwama.
Training and Development
All representatives of the Daniel Toutain International Academy train regularly
during the numerous seminars
directed by Daniel Toutain. In particular, there are workshops specifically for
black belts (Yudansha) and teachers (dojo cho), as well as
student internships (Uchi Deshi).
Each year, Daniel Toutain is contacted by teachers and practitioners in France, and other countries, who desire to discover and explore the Aikido of Iwama taught by Saito Sensei. Subsequently, many would like to join the Daniel Toutain International Academy.
The Daniel Toutain International Academy is effectively open to all teachers and practitioners who would like to study the Aikido of Iwama.
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