For thirty years, Daniel Toutain was a close student of three famous Japanese experts successively, all disciples of O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido:
Masamichi Noro Sensei from 1968 to 1978
Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei from 1978 to 1988
Morihiro Saito Sensei from 1992 to 2002
from whom he received the rank of sixth dan in March 2002.
Apart from a short time in Judo and Karate, he practiced Wing Chun for a few years with a Chinese Master of international reputation and Iaï for a longer period.
Since 2015 he has been involved in Ashtanga Yoga, which has given him a new perspective in his practice. He started his research into Wanomichi from 2015 and used this name officially from 2018. Since 1975 Daniel Toutain has held a degree in Judo, Karate, Aikido and Combat Methods (majoring in Aikido) from the French Ministry of Youth and Sports. He once held the position of Regional Technical Delegate within the UNA (Union Nationale Aikido) and National Technical Manager within the FFLAB (Fédération Française Libre d’Aikido et de Budo), led by Tamura Sensei, at the beginning of the 1980s.
Wanomichi is therefore the result of the teaching received from his Masters over thirty years and more than fifty years of practice, forty of them as a teacher at different levels.
The comprehensive teaching he received from Master Saito Sensei is the backbone of Wanomichi, adapted to the needs of today's world.