Claude Viennois began his Aikido practice in 1982 at the city of Vienne’s dojo. Under the direct instruction of COGNARD Hanshi, he has been teaching Aikido since 1986. Once settled in the Auvergne region in 1987, he created the regional Aikido and Aikishintaiso organization ARAATA (Académie d’Aikido et d’Aikishintaiso d’Auvergne). Since that date he contributes to its growth as chief instructor of the Auvergne region
Cognard André Hanshi promoted him to 6th DAN in july 2004. This rank has been confirmed by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai in 2013 and the title of Kyoshi has been given to him by this organization.
He is currently Chief of Engineering Agency Auvergne region within ERDF (Electricité Réseau Distribution France).