Monk teaches how to do Kung Fu

Matthew Ahmet displays some of the remarkable feats of the Shaolin monks

Matthew Ahmet displays some of the remarkable feats of the Shaolin monks

First published in Where I Live by

A KUNG FU monk who grew up in Edmonton has taken time out of his world tour to teach mere mortals how to perform mind-bending feats of physical endurance.

A member of the Shaolin monks for three years, Matthew Ahmet, 20, amazed audiences last year when he balanced his entire bodyweight on two fingers during the monks' acrobatic Wheel of Life show which toured the West End. The show is a re-enactment of the history of the Shaolin movement, which dates back 1,500 years.

Mr Ahmet is the only Western member of the famous Shaolin monks, and has recently been touring around the world as well as appearing in a US TV series called Superstars of Dance.

He is now staying with his parents in Cheshunt and will be teaching people how to do Kung Fu over the next six months, while also going into local schools and giving talks about the Buddist lifestyle and aiming to prevent children at turning to crime.

He said: "When I'm in the UK I get so many people who want to learn so I thought this would be a good way to do it. We do everything we see in the show, there are a lot of acrobatic moves. You would start off with strength and flexibility moves. But if you came for a month you would be able to do a backflip - I guarantee it."

Chinese classes and Buddism teaching will also be available.

The hour-long classes, which are in the Grundy Park lesiure centre, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, are held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5pm and Saturdays from 10am. The first session is free, then adults pay £8 and children £6. Membership rates and term bookings available.

To contact Matthew call 07505 013735 or email


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