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About Us

Learn about The Bushido School of Karate's history in White Plains, N.Y., our founders and our instructors.


Our History and Teaching Style

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

 Shahin Mehrkar began his own martial arts training in 1979 and opened his first karate school in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1989. Ten years later Shihan Mehrkar partnered with Sensei Cheryl Werdal to form The Bushido School of Karate™. 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 20 years and have achieved ranks as high as fourth-degree black belt.

Shihan Mehrkar is currently advancing his BJJ skills by training at Soul Fighters in Brewster, N.Y. .  Shihan Mehrkar is a blue belt at Soul Fighters and is committed to the tough and phenomenal classes he participates in actively.

Sensei Cheryl Werdal begain her Karate training in 1991 and is a 4th Degree Black Belt. She has used her extensive experience to develop our Self-Defense Workshops , and takes pride in watching our students achieve their goals and build confidence that will last a lifetime!

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Changing Minds and Changing Bodies since 1998


Instructors

All of the instructors at The Bushido School of Karate™ have at least 20 years experience of active training and teaching. Some began their training in their 20’s and others have been training since the age of 4! Our skilled instructors are passionate about their own training, and compassionate to those moving up the ranks!

Shihan Shahin Mehrkar: Master Instructor, Co-Owner, and Founder
Sensei Cheryl Werdal: Co- Owner and Founder, 4th Degree Black Belt
Sensei Evelyn Schwartz: Little Eagles™ Martial Arts Licensing Coordinator and Instructor, 3rd Degree Black Belt
Sensei Adam Figueroa: Instructor, 4th Degree Black Belt


Visit Us

Often the first step to take classes can be intimidating, especially for adults. Let us help you train and build confidence in a positive and challenging environment. After you have learned about us online, come by the studio at your convenience or call to schedule an appointment for a tour.


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