Sensei Mitchell Ratchik holds the rank of Godan (Shidōin) in Ryushin Shouchi-Ryu and Shodan in Muso Shinden-Ryu. He joined New York Budokai in 2005 and has helped evolve the dojo into a full 501(c)-3 not-for-profit organization.

He also studied Hapkido under Sabumnim Herbert David at the World Martial Arts Center for 3 years and holds the rank of blue-belt (black stripe) and studied Aikido at the Bond Street Dojo for a year.

Professionally he works as a freelance creative director in advertising and lives with his family in Brooklyn.