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Brief History of Kian Shakouri

During my school days I was always involved in sport activities such as football and basketball. Out of school I pursued sports at the AT7 centre where I had the opportunity to do activities which weren’t available at school such as outdoor pursuit courses, and I also got the chance to train with the Coventry Crusaders basketball team.
For many years I was always interested in boxing but was never allowed to join a club so instead I started Shotokan Karate in the year 2000. At the start Karate was good, I slowly climbed up the grades and after five years, I reached brown double red belt (one away from black). However just before my black belt grading, the prices rose and I had already got fed up with it and had really lost interest, so I left.

Two years later in 2007 I found Siu Lum Hak Fu Mun. I originally started training once a week under Sifu Paul Burkinshaw. After a short while, I decided I wanted to learn more so I started training twice a week in Kung Fu. It wasn’t long before I was training almost every day in Kung Fu, Kickboxing and Grappling and Wrestling. In the latter part of 2008 I started to train with Aaron Marsh as well.  Aaron is one of Sifu Paul Burkinshaws old students, and runs a fitness and fighting class at the academy. I also took advantage of the monthly training days, sparring days and weapon seminars (including the butterfly knives, fan, spear, broad sword, double axes, double daggers and the wooden dummy) to help aid my progress and desire to learn and improve.

I have also taken part in several courses gaining qualifications as a first aider at work, BCCMA level 2 Coaching and a BCCMA Qingda judge. I am hoping to achieve the next level which is will qualify as Qingda referee in the near future.
Since I started training at Sil Lum Hark Fu Mun I have entered several national competitions and inter-club competitions. My main achievements so far are:-

2008 BCCMA British Champion -65kgs Boys Qingda sparring
2009 WKA Open British Champion -65kgs Boys Qingda sparring
2009 WKA Open British Champion Weapon -16yrs Boys
2009 BCCMA British Champion -65kgs Boys Qingda sparring
2010 WKA Open British Champion -70kgs  Kickboxing
2010 BCCMA British Champion -70kgs Qingda sparring
2011 BCCMA Novice Champion -70kgs Sanshou
2011 WKA Open British Champion -70kgs  Light-Continuous sparring
2011 BCCMA British Champion Southern Open-Hand Forms Adult Advanced
2011 BCCMA Sanda Fight-night National Champion -70kgs
2012 WKA English Open Kickboxing Champion -75kgs

  During this period I concentrated on training for San Shou / Sanda fighting where the competition is much fiercer and the contact is a lot heavier.

In April of 2010 I achieved my 1st Degree Black sash in Siu Lum Hak Fu Mun Kung Fu Kung fu and shortly after aided in the running of the Nuneaton class.

In September 2011, I achieved my Black sash in Siu Lum Kune Kickboxing, which was followed by my 1st Degree in July 2013. During 2013, I opened up some new classes in the village of Burton Green on the outskirts of Coventry.