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Shamim started martial arts at the age of sixteen at the famous Bob Breen Academy in Hoxton, East London. Training under Bob Breen and Terry Barnet in Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing and Eskrima.


In 1993 Pat O'Malley and John Harvey created Rapid Arnis and Shamim was Pat’s first student and the first to progress through the ranks to achieve his 1st Dan Black Belt in 1995. Shamim was also with Simon Wells in Lapunti Arnis De Abanico and Muai Thai for a short period.


It was by pure chance in 1993 that Shamim was introduced to Kails Ilustrismo while training at the Academy by a student of the late Tatang Ilustrisimo and Master Tony Diego who was sent to work in London by his company from Australia – That person was John Chow, who forever changed his life and outlook of the Filipino Martial Arts.


In 1994 Shamim travelled to the Philippines to compete in the 3rd World, Eskrima, Kali, Arnis, Federation (WEKAF) Championships as part of Team Great Britain where he won a Bronze medal. Whilst in the Philippines he trained with noted Grand Masters Inting Carin, Momoy Canete, Dioney Canete, Danny Guba from the Doce Pares club and MG Ondo Carbunay of the Lapunti Arnis De Abanico system.


In 1998 Shamim opened is own school in Bethnal Green in East London, called the "Filipino Martial Arts Academy" where he taught Rapid Arnis, Doce Pares and La Punti Arnis de Abanico.


Although John Chow travelled back and forth from Australia several times, he taught Shamim the basics of Kalis Ilustrisimo, it was not until 1999 that Shamim began his formal training in Kalis Ilustrisimo Repticion Orihinal under GM Antonio (Tony) Diego. The training began with a month of full on extensive training.


Shamim returned in 2000 to continue his training and take part in the 6th WEKAF World Championshis as part of Team GB where he became the World Champion in the men's flyweight division.   Shamim continues to travel to the Philippines to further his knowledge and understanding of the art.


Shamim has also trained in the Malaysian Silat (Seni Silat Haqq Melayu) under Pa Ariffin, and Indonesian Pencak Silat under Steve Benitez, where he reached the level of apprentice instructor.