About the Dojo


Black Belts




Chushinkan Dojo was founded in 1990 by James Moritaka Nakayama. The dojo (martial arts school) is affiliated with the Aikido Association of America (AAA). 

Nakayama Sensei has been practicing aikido since 1973, when he started at Orange County Aiki Kai under Harry Ishisaka Sensei. In 1983, Nakayama Sensei started teaching, and in 1986 became the Assistant Chief Instructor under Friesen Sensei. After being promoted to yondan in 1989, Nakayama Sensei left OCAK in June of 1990, and founded Chushinkan Dojo. In 1991, Chushinkan Dojo affiliated with the Aikido Association of America.

Nakayama Sensei holds the title of Shihandai (assistant to the late Fumio Toyoda Shihan, founder of the Aikido Association of America). Nakayama Sensei is the Shibucho (Branch Leader) of the AAA Western Region, in charge of the Regional Test Committee and Black Belt Association. He is a member of the AAA National Teaching Committee, and the Aikido Association International (AAI) Teaching Committee, conducting aikido seminars nationally and internationally. Nakayama Sensei was the AAA Western Regional Director from 1997 to 2011.

Nakayama Sensei holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido, and a fifth degree black belt in Iaido.

Classes are offered through the City of Buena Park and at California State University, Fullerton.




Teaching emphasis at Chushinkan Dojo is on demystifying techniques and systematically explaining centering and mechanics in a clear and simple methodology 


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