Shuseki-Shihan Paul Sookdar, a Seventh-Degree Black Belt and founder of the Kenshikai Karate-Do Organization has been studying martial arts for over thirty years and teaching for over twenty. He began training at the age of six at Jerome Mackie’s school in New York City, and after two years moved to the Kyokushin school of Kaicho (Grandmaster) Tadashi Nakamura at 14th Street in Manhattan. Here, he first found his love of traditional Japanese style karate based upon the principles of discipline, self-respect, and courtesy. He went on to study for many years under the direct supervision of Kaicho Nakamura, Sensei Kishi, and legendary martial artist Shuseki-Shihan William Oliver.
At the age of fifteen, Shuseki-Shihan Paul was the youngest person ever to be promoted to First-Degree Black Belt in Seido Karate, and at the age of seventeen he accepted his first teaching assignment at the Riverdale YMHA. For the next eight years, Shuseki-Shihan Paul continued to train consistently under Shuseki-Shihan Oliver. While maintaining a rigorous training and teaching schedule, Shuseki-Shihan Paul put himself through college, earning a B.S. in Computer Science from Long Island University. Under his leadership, the program at the YMHA flourished, and he looked for an opportunity to open a wider array of classes to more students. He opened his Riverdale dojo in 1992, and continued his own intense training while teaching full time. Shuseki-Shihan Paul received his Seventh-Degree Black Belt in October 2017, and the thriving Riverdale dojo celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary in 2017.