Sensei Angelo Mendoza

Founder & Chief Instructor –  Bushido-Kai Canada

Sensei in Seiza

Mendoza Sensei – Sensei Angelo Mendoza Kanji
  • Founder of Bushido-Kai Canada
  • Roku dan (6th Dan KarateDo)
  • Godan (5th Dan WKF Karate Canada)
  • Nidan (Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu)
  • Technical Director, ShitoKai Karate Canada (SKC), Manitoba region
  • NCCP Com Dev Certified , National Coaching Certification Program, Coaching Canada
  • High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership Certificate, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

Sensei Angelo Mendoza is the founder of the Bushido-Kai Canada Karate Academy and serves as the High Performance Director and Manitoba Provincial Team Head Coach for Karate Manitoba.

Mendoza Sensei holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Education, currently teaching high school technology education. In 2015, Shihan Mendoza was one of 17 coaches selected from across Canada for the UBC’s Faculty of Kinesiology’s High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership Masters program, a pioneer Masters program training the best coaches in Canada to become innovate high performance directors and coaching leaders of their sport, with leading edge training and development. In 2016, Sensei Mendoza was one of 2 Canadian Coaches to receive the Certificate in High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership from the University of British Columbia. With Karate’s recent announcement into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Sensei Mendoza is the premier High Performance Coach  for  WKF (World Karate Federation) in Manitoba and across Canada.  Under Sensei Mendoza, Manitoba athletes have brought home 4 national medals, and in 2016, Manitoba’s first athlete made the Canadian Junior National Team and will be part of the Canadian junior team representing Canada at the 2016 Pan American Karate Federation Championships.  

Bushido-Kai Canada Karate Academy trains in Traditional ShitoRyu Karatedo and is a member club of ShitoKai Karate Canada, the Canadian affiliate organization of the World Shito-Ryu Karate Federation (WSKF), the largest ShitoRyu organization in the world.  In 2015, Sensei Mendoza was named the SKC Technical Director for  the Manitoba region.

Mendoza Sensei trains annually around the world under renowned WKF International coach, Sensei Antonio Oliva Seba 8th Dan, from Spain, who has coached 50% of the WKF World Champions and continues to train the world’s top athletes in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In July 2016, Sensei Mendoza was the only North American invited to train with Seba Sensei and the Russian National Team members at a week long seminar and tournament in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Mendoza Sensei brings back the most up to date, high performance training systems happening at the Olympic WKF sport karate level today.

In 2014, Mendoza Sensei was awarded his WKF Godan (5th) by the Karate Canada Technical Committee, the only recipient of this designation by Karate Canada and WKF (World Karate Federation) in the Prairie provinces. In 2014, Karate Canada selected Coach Mendoza as the lead delegate for Team Canada at the 2014 Mexican Open, heading the Canadian delegation in this prestigious WKF international event.


Mendoza Sensei was first introduced to Karate at the age of 15 in his home country of Nicaragua. For the past 40 years, he has never stopped training in the Martial Arts. In 1977, Mendoza Sensei started training under Alvaro Alegria Sensei (3rd Dan) in the Shito Ryu style for several years in Nicaragua obtaining his Black Belt in 1986.

Mendoza Sensei came to Canada in 1986, and trained in Shotokan and Kyokushinkai styles of Karate. In 1991, he obtained his Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. Mendoza Sensei then trained under Shawn Ho Sensei in Vancouver, Canada in the style of Kyokushinkai, and competed in the Tiger Balm International, earning a Silver medal in Kumite.

In 1998, upon moving back to Winnipeg, Mendoza Sensei founded Bushido-Kai Canada where he incorporated his years of training and practice in the Martial Arts. The desire to return to his roots of Shito Ryu Karate led Sensei to found Bushido-Kai Canada Karate Academy, as a means to incorporate his lifelong learning of Traditional and WKF Karate in one comprehensive program for his students.

In 2002, Mendoza Sensei obtained his Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt). By 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Rokudan (6th Black Belt) Karatedo and been promoted to the title of Shihan. In addition to his continuous study of Karatedo, Mendoza Sensei holds a Nidan in Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu, the Japanese martial arts of the sword, which emphasizes drawing and cutting with the samurai sword.

Since moving to Canada, Mendoza Sensei has devoted himself to teaching others his passion for traditional martial arts and continuing his education to strive for excellence and consistently moving forward in training and development to deliver the most comprehensive, cutting edge training to Bushido-Kai Canada students.  Mendoza Sensei believes that karate is a way of life that can contribute to one’s success and well being, as it has for him. He believes karate to be of equal benefit to the mind and body alike, focusing on both physical and mental conditioning.

In July, 2007,  Mendoza Sensei, led a Canadian delegation travelling to Osaka, Japan, for a special training at the Hombu Dojo of Nidaime Soke Kenei Mabuni and his Shito Kai Masters (Master Kenyu Mabuni, Master Hirofumi Mizuguchi, Master Junosuke Okano, Master Kentaro Yamaoka, Master Tasuya Fujinaga, and special guest Sensei Jean-Eric Luque of France).

In July, 2009, in a return to Masters competition, Mendoza Sensei earned double bronze medals for Manitoba, in both the Kata and Kumite divisions, earning Manitoba’s first medals under Karate Canada at the 35th Canadian Karate Championships in Calgary, Alberta.

In 2010, Mendoza Sensei was named Karate Manitoba Head Coach of the Provincial Team, where he implemented an elite WKF Sport Karate High Performance athlete training program in alignment with Karate Canada and Sport Canada and in anticipation of Karate’s inclusion into the Olympics.  With the confirmation of WKF Karate into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Manitoba athletes have been training in WKF under Sensei Mendoza since 2010.  He is the highest certified coach/trainer with Coaching Canada’s NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program)  in the Competition Development stream, in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, training coaches and instructors across the region. As Head Coach and High Performance Director for Karate Manitoba, he has developed a gold standard Sport Karate training program where the province has earned our first ever national medals, with 4 to date.

In 2011, Brittney Katchin earned a spot on the Manitoba Provincial Karate Team where she earned Manitoba our first national medal with a bronze in sparring at the National Karate Championships. At the 2012 Karate Canada National Karate Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC, Brittney Katchin earned Manitoba’s first ever national Silver medal in the 68+ kg. In 2015, Manitoba’s Roene Nasr,from Bushido-Kai Canada, earned Manitoba a bronze medal at the 2015 Canadian National Karate Championships. This year, Nasr earned a Silver medal in kumite at the 2016 Nationals. and earned a spot on the 2016 Canadian Junior National Team. These athletes’ hard work and the progressive and national standard innovative training under Coach Mendoza has placed Manitoba and Bushido-Kai Canada at the forefront of the Manitoba provincial karate scene.

Under Shihan Mendoza, students of both traditional Shito Ryu karate and those that love WKF  Olympic Sport Karate have access to one of the most progressive and innovative leaders in Karate today.   His passion, knowledge and educational background have combined to give students the finest curriculum this martial art has to offer, from beginner to high performance competitor.




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