CEO – Safari MMA
After failing to find a dojo that catered for her needs, Khadijah opened the first women’s only martial arts club in the UK. She has since gone on to train numerous instructors world wide, in a bid to keep up with the demand for her classes. She is currently listed in the UK’s top 50 Movers List by Lucozade Sport, holds the award for COVID Innovation in Sport, a Mintridge Ambassador, and aims to bring self belief to all ages through her passion for Muay Thai. For her, sport reflects all that we do in life. She quotes, “A true fighter is not the one who scores a knockout, but the one who doesn’t give up. Inspire and be inspired”.
Master Karim Safari
The original Safari, the name, the moves, the energy, Master Karim started his training career in Judo at the age of 4, and it wasn’t long until his skill set extended to Kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA landing him World Champion in Cage Rage in the 90’s. With 25+ years teaching under his Black Belt 5th Dan, his passion for helping others to develop the skills he’s mastered is constantly growing. Karim’s ability to bring out the best in students regardless of their struggles, is what makes his teaching style uniquely successful.
Head London Instructor
Christia’s journey with Safari MMA started in 2008 as a student, she made it clear from the beginning that she wasn’t stopping until she’d mastered her craft. 8 years later she let us know that she was never messing, and joined our team in 2016 as a full time instructor, managing our London locations and taking the capital by storm. Her teaching style is thorough and captivating, and her happiness comes from seeing her students succeed, by reaching new milestones that they never even envisioned possible. You can train any where in Muay Thai, but you can’t train anywhere with the same focus, love and dedication that Christia brings to her students, and don’t be fooled by her small frame, she’s a force to be reckoned with.
Youth Development Instructor
Ceri was spotted in her first session with us at Safari MMA as having potential. She was tested by being pushed past her limit, and came out the other side asking for more. Her dedication not only to the sport, but to her students, is what brings such high results of progress through her teaching style and commitment. She is the perfect example of self discipline, which reflects in her students consistency in training, which is a rare skill to have when working with youth. Ceri keeps a fine balance between beast mode training and sparkly glitter, never under estimate the power of pretty things!
Thai Box and Burn Instructor
Paulina’s determination to self progress reflects in her dedication to helping her students to achieve with their learning. She is powerful and focused, and brings out the best in her students through her positive and encouraging nature. She runs both our Thai Box & Burn classes and is the key to helping beginners understand the core moves needed in Muay Thai. Don’t be fooled by her sweet nature, she’s not going to let you sit and rest, she’s in team Safari for a reason, and that’s because she knows how to get her students moving!
Cover Instructor & Administrator
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Cover Instructor & Administrator
“I couldn’t hurt a fly”, is the aura Sirreenah gives off, but don’t be fooled, you wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of any of her strikes. Sirreenah not only is a fantastic instructor in Muay Thai, she’s also our self defence seminar specialist, with her charming ability to bring teams together whilst passing on her knowledge of how to defend an attack and weapon disarming. She’s also our key communications lady ready to help all members with queries, regardless of the time of day.
Logistics Manager & Mental Health Prevention Instructor
Rachael has shown from the start that she does nothing half heartedly. She is thorough not just in her teaching, but also in the beautiful skill of making new students feel welcome and helping them to achieve the belief that anything is possible. She is our lead in mental health prevention, as she does so with the pure intention of wanting to help, combining both her experience and skills, bringing an all round welcoming journey for new students, especially those who’d normally not consider, or struggle trying a session for the first time.
Customer Care & Business Manager
Karen is our organiser, our attention to detail, our constant reminder that our members happiness is first and foremost in all that we do. Her happy nature is reflected in her work, as she genuinely puts others happiness before her own. She is responsible for the smooth running behind the scenes, but most importantly in giving our members the customer care that they deserve. Karen is a key role in our team, and shares the mutual understanding of what’s really most important in life, and this is what makes her amazing at what she does.
Funding & Sponsorship Liaison
Asma’s drive to be the best that she can be is what brought her in to our team at Safari MMA. She gets things done! Her passion for helping people, especially those from communities who struggle to take those first steps in to sport, is what makes her drive so strong, in ensuring that funding projects run at their maximum potential, to help the widest audience possible and bring results. Asma understands the barriers in sport, and will not stop until she’s able to open the gates, and make sport inclusive and available for all. She’s an advocate for helping others, is creative, and there to help when any member needs, not to mention she can pack a mean punch when needed!
Hanan’s drive to be the be ahead of the game, think outside the box and bring a whole load of craziness to our digital marketing is what makes her fit in perfectly with our team. She’s there to give us that extreme push, make us stand out, and shout out to the world the deep secrets of what we’re really about. Her vision is what makes her current and relatable, and you’re most likely to find her running a quick 5k, or sipping a hot coffee, at both moments, her brain still planning her next move.
Aimee came to Safari MMA for her son to learn Muay Thai, little did she know that it would be the beginning of a journey of self development in both mental and physical strength for herself as well. She has never forgotten how it felt for her the first time coming in to a class, and is there always for each new person that joins our class. She has selflessly volunteered her time to help with the mountain high administration work that goes behind our grading’s, and is always there to offer her help when we need it, bringing peace and harmony to all around her.
Customer Relations Manager
Amira’s profile should really be at the top of our office team, she’s the one who helped start this business from our kitchen table, who carried the business phone around day and night, and who dropped everything to be wherever we needed to be, even when it meant long roads trips and spooky buildings. She’s been there and has given 100% the whole time. She knows Safari MMA inside out, and the only reason she’s resting at the bottom of the list, is because it’s her time to self indulge whilst on maternity leave, to enjoy her newborn. We can’t wait for her return!