The Japanese Culture Center was established in 1978 by Fumio Toyoda Shihan (teacher of teachers). Toyoda Shihan was a student of the martial arts since childhood. He lived as an uchideshi (live-in student) at Ichiku kai dojo famously known for its severe misogi training, as well as, the Aikido World Headquarters (Aikikai Hombu Dojo) under the second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. During these years, Toyoda Shihan was the primarily uke for Kisshomaru Doshu. Toyoda Shihan would eventually achieved a 6th degree black belt (rokudan) in the art of Aikido. At the time, Toyoda Shihan was the youngest person to ever achieve that rank and the record still stands to this day.