About Us

Our History

The Bushido School of Karate™ was co-founded in 1998 by Shihan Shahin Mehrkar and Sensei Cheryl Werdal. Originally located in Thornwood, N.Y. we moved to White Plains, N.Y. in 2008.

The Bushido School of Karate™  is a hybrid style heavily based on traditional kyokushin karate, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and weapons training. We provide a curriculum that progresses belt by belt and is proven to be practical and effective. The program begins with the basics and moves students towards tangible goals in small and achievable steps. Our extensively trained owners and instructors believe in traditional, disciplined training and help students build their minds and bodies through months and years of practice.

Our Founders

Shihan S. Mehrkar, Master Instructor

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Shihan Shahin Mehrkar

Shihan Shahin Mehrkar began his own martial arts training in 1979 first with the Oyama family and then with the United American Karate organization.  United American Karate became TSK .  Shihan Mehrkar managed his own TSK school from 1989 to 1998 ultimately earning his 4th Degree Black.

Prior to his career in the martial arts Shihan Mehrkar earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and was a live-in assistant at Camp Venture in Rockland County, a home for mentally challenged adults. He was truly beloved for his compassion and patience with residents and his fun sense of humor with co-workers.

Shihan Mehrkar is known in the community as a skilled teacher and true martial artist . He guides his students to reach their highest potential and gives them the training required to achieve a black belt. Many of his students have trained under his direction for more than 25 years and have achieved ranks as high as fourth-degree black belt. Whether Shihan Mehrkar chose the career or the career chose him, this is what he does and who he is. He has made martial arts his livelihood and his students his priority.

The consummate martial artist, Shihan Mehrkar is currently advancing his BJJ skills by training at Soul Fighters in Brewster, N.Y. .  Shihan Mehrkar earned Purple Belt in August 2017 at Soul Fighters and is committed to the tough and phenomenal classes he participates in actively.

Sensei C. Werdal

Sensei Cheryl Werdal began her Karate training in 1991 in the TSK organization earning her 1st Degree Black Belt in August 1994. In 1998 she and Shihan Mehrkar joined forces to open The Bushido School of Karate.

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Sensei Cheryl Werdal

Teaching since 1998, Sensei Werdal has advanced to 4th Degree Black Belt. Earning her Personal Trainer Certification in 2001 gave her a further understanding of why Bushido Karate’s classes and curriculum produce tone and fit bodies in addition to teaching powerful self-defense. Developing curriculum from a woman’s point of view remains an important aspect of Sensei Werdal’s role as co-owner. Historically a male dominated field, it is essential that girls and women are able to realize their strengths for effective self-defense.

Growing up in Mamaroneck, N.Y., attending Good Counsel Academy in White Plains, N.Y. and St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. and ultimately co-owning this business in White Plains, N.Y. makes Sensei Werdal a proud native New Yorker.  Finding martial arts as her passion gave her the confidence to also make it her full-time career.

Instructors

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Sensei Evelyn Schwartz

Sensei Evelyn Schwartz has been an invaluable employee and instructor for close to two decades at The Bushido School of Karate. Her development of Little Eagles® Martial Arts classes has become a nationwide program for toddlers, licensed by martial arts schools and individuals.

Sensei Schwartz is a 2nd Degree Black Belt who began her training in 1994 under the direction of Shihan Mehrkar. At Bushido Karate she is well-loved by parents and students alike. Her loyalty to the Bushido Karate family of students is unsurpassed and is evident in the effort she puts in to making all our events (Movie Nights, Dodgeball, Carnivals, Halloween, etc) over-the-top spectacular!

Teaching the daytime classes, her students are pushed to their limits. A one hour class with Sensei Schwartz will leave you feeling pumped, and drenched!

Sensei Adam Figueroa is a 4th Degree Black Belt and has been consistently training under the tutelage of Shihan Mehrkar since 1991 when he was just 4 years old!

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Sensei Adam Figueroa

Continuing to advance and train at Bushido Karate during breaks from college while earning his Masters Degree at SUNY Albany, Sensei Figueroa knows about time management and doesn’t accept excuses!

Employed full-time in Stamford, Ct. and continuing to teach at Bushido Karate 3 days a week, plus participating in Spartan races and traveling everywhere, his self-discipline is a power of example for our students. Sensei Figueroa expects students to give everything they have in every class they take. His infamous Saturday conditioning sessions are usually the talk of the week…until next Saturday!

It’s our 20th Anniversary and we’ll be celebrating in 2018 with PROMOTIONS and GIVEAWAYS every month!  Join in February and get ONE MONTH FREE!

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