The dojo instructors continue to train under Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, 8th dan – a direct disciple of Morihei Ueshiba (Aikido’s founder), and the United States Aikido Federation’s master instructors (Shihan).


Kazuho Nishida is City Aikido of Los Angeles’ master instructor (Shihan), officially certified though the USAF and Aikikai Foundation in Japan. He holds a 6th degree black belt with an additional certification in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and has collectively studyed both arts for the last 40 years.

He established City Aikido of Los Angeles in 1991.