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 instructing at the dojo, and in 1986 became the Assistant
Chief Instructor under Friesen Sensei. After being promoted to
yondan (4th degree) 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 under its founder, Toyoda Shihan.
Nakayama Sensei holds the title of Shihandai (assistant to the late Fumio Toyoda Shihan). Nakayama Sensei is the Shibucho (Branch Leader) of the AAA Western Region,
and head of the Shinsa Iinkai (Regional Test Committee) and Black Belt Association.
He was a member of the
AAA National Teaching Committee, and the Aikido Association International
(AAI) Teaching Committee, conducting aikido seminars nationally and
internationally from 1994 to 2016. Nakayama Sensei was the AAA Western Regional Director
from 1997 to 2011.
holds a seventh degree black belt in Aikido, and a fifth degree black belt
Classes are offered
through the Cities of
Buena Park, Cypress,
and La Palma.
emphasis at Chushinkan Dojo is on demystifying techniques
and systematically explaining centering and mechanics in a clear and simple methodology