About Us

       Founder, Chairman, Grand Master & Shifu     

IMRAN ALI  

Profile:  7th DAN Grandmaster and Founder of Shaolin Tai Chi Kung Fu Academies. Imran Ali founded STKA in 1990’s. The organisation seeks to expand globally under the guidance of Shifu Imran Ali. Imran Ali has graded more than a 1000 Black Belts in his career and opened up around 300 institutions around the globe. Imran Ali continues to inspire many masters and professionals in the industry of Martial Arts and is always actively contributing his best to the art. Imran’s love for his students is immense and he is usually found in the middle of a class. This shows his true dedication and contribution to the passion he teaches.

 

  • 7th DAN Black Belt and Recognised International Coach
  • Philosophy, Martial Arts, Leadership & Management
  • International Level
  • 27 years training
  • 18 years Coaching
  • Expertise & Skills – Taolu (routines), Shaolin, Wushu, Tai Chi, Boxing and Sanda (Kickboxing & wrestling)
  • Animal Styles: All styles
  • Weapons Trained – All Shaolin Kung Fu weapons

 

Awards: Sponsor of the year 2014 shield, 100 plus Trophies, medals and certificates. STKA Growth Success Story certificate (internal), 500 plus Regional tournamnets with decisive victories. 

Championships Participated: 122

Fights Won: 107

Knockouts delivered: 24   

 


CEO, Co-Chairman, Shifu & Senior Instructor

UMAR KHAN

Profile: 2nd Dan at the age of 18 and Britain’s youngest Coach. Shifu Umar Khan has worked closely with his Shifu Imran Ali to establish STKA in the UK. In 2010, Shifu Umar started his first Academy in Crawley which became very famous and in 2 months all of his lessons were fully booked. In the past 10 years Shifu Umar has managed to open up 4 Academies in Crawley; one in Southgate where STKA has been in operation since 2010, the other in Bewbush since 2015, and Pound Hill since 2016. STKA has also run in Brighton University between the year 2012-2016 and still holds a dojo in the sports centre. Shifu Umar has taught more than 300 students since 2010 of which around 90% were committed to the full course of the training programme.  This shows the quality STKA provides and the love our students have for our brand.

Shifu Umar’s Model of Excellence includes, Discipline, Good attendance, Punctuality, Positive Behaviour and Quality Training Standards by the coaches. A close eye in kept on each student’s performance and Shifu’s friendly attitude helps maintaining the balance.   

Shifu Umar’s achievements go further and includes 3 of his talented Black Belts and Nationally recognised coaches namely Liam Daley, Shayan Khan and Kaleem Azad. Shifu Umar Khan believes that the quality can only be maintained and kept in line when you pass the Kung Fu skills through your own students into the next generation. This also helps preserving the art’s technical elements and its true spirit.

Skills

  • 2nd DAN Black Belt and Recognised International Coach
  • Philosophy, Writing, Martial Arts, Leadership & Management
  • International Level
  • 20 years training
  • 10 years Coaching
  • Expertise & Skills – Taolu (routines), Shaolin, Wushu, Tai Chi, Boxing and Sanda (Kickboxing & wrestling)
  • Animal Styles: Tiger, Eagle, Snake, Leopard, Monkey & Mantis
  • Weapons Trained – Staff, Sword, Nunchaku, Knife, Butterfly Knives, 3 sectional staff, Broad Sword, Tai Chi Sword, Spear

 

Awards: 14 times Chief Guest in National events, 30 plus Trophies, medals and certificates. Gold Medal for Contributions in Sport Forum, 170 plus Regional tournamnets with 88% fights won. 

 

Championships Participated: 74

Fights Won: 56

Knockouts delivered: 16   


British National Coach

Shayan Khan

Profile:

Skills

  • Black Belt and Level 2 National Coach
  • British Level
  • 8 years training
  • 3 years Coaching
  • Expertise & Skills – Taolu (routines) Shaolin, Wushu, Tai Chi, Boxing and Sanda (Kickboxing & wrestling)
  • Weapons Trained – Staff, Sword, Nunchaku, knife

Awards: 14 times Chief Guest in National events, 30 plus Trophies, medals and certificates. Gold Medal for Contributions in Sport Forum, 170 plus Regional tournamnets with 88% fights won. 

 

Championships Participated: 22

Fights Won: 15

Knockouts delivered: 6   


British National Coach

Liam Daley

Profile:

Skills

  • Black Belt and Level 2 National Coach
  • British Level
  • 8 years training
  • 3 years Coaching
  • Expertise & Skills – Taolu (routines) Shaolin, Traditional Sparring, Wushu & Tai Chi
  • Weapons Trained – Staff, Sword, Nunchaku, knife

 

 

Championships Participated: 15

Fights Won: 9

Knockouts delivered: 4   


British National Coach

Kaleem Azad

Profile:

Skills

  • Black Belt and Level 2 National Coach
  • British Level
  • 8 years training
  • 3 years Coaching
  • Expertise & Skills – Taolu (routines) Shaolin, Wushu, Tai Chi, Boxing and Sanda (Kickboxing & wrestling)
  • Weapons Trained – Staff, Sword, Nunchaku, knife

 

Championships Participated: 18

Fights Won: 14

Knockouts delivered: 5