Matthew Ahmet, Shaolin Warrior is a Disciple of Abbot Shi Yong Xin.
Matthew is the only non-Chinese Shaolin Disciple of the Shaolin Temple to perform in the famous Shaolin ‘Wheel of Life’ show worldwide. Matthew has performed in several international tours spanning Europe, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, the latter for an audience of over 10,000. Matthew was awarded the Buddhist name Shi Yan Wu in 2006 and was given the role of Coach at the Shaolin Temple Training Ground in 2007. In 2007 Matthew led his students to be filmed for the National Geographic TV channel. On his return to the UK he has continuously participated in charity-based work, raising over £50K.
As part of these various projects he has given free mentoring to over 20,000 UK youths between the ages of 16-21, offering youngsters an insight into the beauty of Shaolin philosophy and how the simplicity of a culture unknown to Westerners can offer an inspirational answer to stop violence, knife and gun crime, which has become a growing issue in the UK. This important work has attracted major media attention, with Matthew appearing on BBC London News, ITV News, BBC Breakfast News, on BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, Radio 1 and in the press including the Daily Mail, the Independent and others. In May 2008, Matthew was the cover story in ‘Combat’, the UK’s leading martial arts magazine. Also that year he was invited to perform in the Shaolin Temple’s largest international performance, the ‘Wheel of Life’, touring to over 100,000 people in the UK and USA.
In 2009, being appointed to the Shaolin Monks Delegation, Matthew was invited to take part in ‘Superstars of dance’ on NBC as coach and performer for Team China. At this time the Shaolin Monks raised more than $30,000US for the temple whilst performing alongside music legend Stevie Wonder for the charity ‘Community Jam Against Violence’. 2010 continued to be busy as Matthew founded the ‘Shaolin Temple Cheshunt’, just outside of North London. Home to the Shaolin Warriors UK his students of youngsters and adults all share the philosophy of TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. Working hard the team raised enough money to get their own training ground. Matthew took the Shaolin Team to participate in ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ where the troupe was selected and made it to the semi finals.
In Summer 2010 Matthew flew to Honk Kong with disaffected youths from the UK to film ‘Kung-Fu Changed my Life’, his SKY One TV series. Broadcasting early 2012, the show features their personal journey as Matthew works to alter the course of their lives through the Shaolin Philosophy. 2011 saw the Shaolin Warriors perform at corporate and international events.
The Shaolin Warriors have appeared on ITV’s Sing if you Can and were the featured act of Chinese New Year. Interest in Matthew and the Shaolin Warriors increase as the team create bigger and better performances. Their new full theatre show The Shaolin Elements premiered in London to a sell-out audience in February 2012 and is set to tour early 2013. The soundtrack to the show is available on CD worldwide. Matthew has also starred in Superhuman Showdown for Discovery Channel, and his brand new series ‘Kung-Fu Changed my Life’ begins Summer 2012 on Sky One. Matthew has also released the Shaolin Bead Collection offering ethical jewellery hand-made by the Monks of the Shaolin Temple available in selected retail outlets.