Daniel DeFluiter started aikido in 1979 under Dr. H. T. Walker. He received his shodan from the USAF in 1994, and subsequently his nidan in 1998, and sandan in 2003, also under Dr. Walker.
After Dr. Walker had passed away from cancer Mr. deFluiter transitioned to Enmei Dojo. He received his yondan in 2011. He has enjoyed training with all of the yudansha who teach at Enmei Dojo as each brings their valuable insight into the art.