Our conference is always a conference with a difference. We want our delegates to go away with information and tools they can implement pretty much straight away. We also want our delegates to go away thinking about their businesses and their lives. We never stand still, we are a “Work In Progress” and so are our businesses. On September 18th our keynote speaker will be Matthew Ahmet, Shaolin Warrior – Disciple of Abbot Shi Yong Xin.
So the question is what can Matthew Ahmet the only non-Chinese Shaolin Disciple to perform in the famous Shaolin ‘Wheel of Life’ teach you?
Matthew left the UK at the age of 16 to train in China. From a very young age he was very focused and determined and knew exactly what his goals were. In 2006 he was awarded the Buddhist name Shi Yan Wu and was given the role of Coach at the Shaolin Temple Training Ground. 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.
Matthew was the cover story in ‘Combat’, the UK’s leading martial arts magazine.
In 2010 continued to be busy as Matthew founded the ‘Shaolin Temple Cheshunt’ in Hertfordshire. Home to the Shaolin Warriors UK his students of different age groups, 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.
2012 saw Matthew lead the Shaolin Warriors UK in a full theatre show The Shaolin Elements and the first Shaolin European Cultural event held in Germany where Matthew was invited by the Shaolin Temple China to lead a delegation of warriors from the UK to participate. The group of 6 came home with 13 gold medals winning every event they participated in. As UK members of the S.E.A (Shaolin European Association) Matthew was part of the team to host the next Shaolin Cultural event to be held in London October 2014.
The key to Matthew’s success? Drive, focus, determination and dedication to the way in which he lives his everyday life. Matthew does not believe in being average – he believes in embracing life and the ability we possess to be the best we can possibly be.

Susie Crolla