James (3rd dan) developed an interest in Japanese culture and martial arts that inspired him to begin aikido in 1994 at Cal Poly Pomona. He continued his study at Waseda University in Tokyo and frequently trained at Aikido World Headquarters while living in Japan. Over the years, James has traveled extensively to attend seminars and learned from many of aikido’s highest ranking masters.
James joined Ikazuchi Dojo in 2001 after moving to Orange County and received his sandan from Matsuoka Sensei in 2015.
James is an operations management professional in the medical device industry. He speaks fluent Japanese.