November 14, 2008

Ashraf Tai: Pakistan's Martial Art Icon

.


By Syed Khalid Mahmood

Famous martial artist, Grand Master Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Tai had introduced Bando, the Burmese style of martial arts, in Pakistan way back in 1971 but it were his accomplishments against top-notchers which earned him fame and recognition. He has become a martial art icon in the country and a large number of his students have spread his mission in different countries of the world making him an internationally renowned figure.

Grand Master Ashraf Tai had created a sensation by overpowering Stanley Michael of Malaysia in the final of the Afro-Asia Championship in 1978. He had confirmed his superiority in the continent by outwitting Japan's Koha Yash a year later.

After emerging triumphant in a tournament staged in Sri Lanka in 1980, he dared fighting the reigning world champion, Don Wilson of the United States, in 1981. The creditable performance against the world champion elevated his ranking to the ninth place in the world.

Grand Master Ashraf Tai then founded the Pakistan Karate Federation (PKF) and succeeded in having the body affiliated with the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) as well as the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).

Having received numerous awards in various continents of the world during his illustrious career, he was declared the International Grand Master of the Year in 2000 by an institution based in the United States.

The Tai's Bando Karate Centre, founded by him in 1971, has already trained thousands of martial artists. The branches of his centres have not only been functioning with great success all over the country but the students trained by him have also been operating the centres named after him in quite a few countries like the United States, England, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, France, Holland and Bangladesh.Grand Master Ashraf Tai, was conferred the coveted Pride of Performance award by the then President General Pervez Musharraf.

The pioneer of Bando in Pakistan, Grand Master Ashraf Tai holds the distinction of claiming the highest degree (8th Dan) in the martial arts history of the country. Only a handful of martial artists have matched his feat worldwide.

He had started karate at the age of 9 with my master Lee Phow Shin. He got his black belt at the age of 16. He started participating in a lot of local tournaments, most of which were professional.

32 comments

ali said...

We appreciate your web site working for sports specialy Grand Master M A Tai's interview inspired us i and my friends congratulate and thank you for this greatest job.

Ali Gul Sarparrah
Student of Computer Science, Balochistan Quetta.

ali said...

I appreciate the team of this web site that they published the interview of our Grand Master Ashraf Tai's.

Abdul Rauf Badini and Mir Atta M Mengal
University of Balochistan,Quetta

Wasif Kirmani said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Wasif Kirmani said...

His dad’s name is Abdul Ghaffar Tai. He has 5 brothers and three sisters. He has started participating in a lot of local tournaments, most of which were professional. In 1965 Mr. M A Tai shifted with his family to Bangladesh. But he came back here and went there on and off. he did his B. Com from Govt. College of Commerce, Chittagong.

In 1970, He migrated to Karachi. In 1971, He has started first ever martial arts school in Pakistan, which was located at Hill Park, Karachi. In 1972, He shifted his center to KGA Gym Khana ground, which is now my International Head Quarter. We have branches in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, America, Middle East, France, India, UK and He visit them each year. America is the second Head Quarter, which he visit every two to three months.
In the beginning when he started teaching karate at Hill Park, he had hardly 6 or 7 students and a very hard time. He had to call people to come and learn karate. But Alhamdulillah later he received tremendous response by masses.

I would like to add one more thing that he got the pride of performance in 2003.

In KGA Gymkhana Mr n Mrs. Tai Train many students and he has across 500,000 students who are currently running their own centers

In my opinion if you have the spirit then sky is the limit no age and no gender can stop anyone from learning this art.

Thanks for the team of the site who has made such an excellent platform where we can be able to know what we don't know about our instructors and such sport icons and also share our views.

sarfraz said...

Nice effort to keep us informed about sports events and Gurus.

Ashraf Tai is really putting great efforts in introducing various sciences of martial arts and to promote healthy culture.

keep on posting..!

DOAST said...

First of all, I like to appreciate the effort of the people who are serving others by promoting this website. It is a nice way to introduce, promote and recognize the achievements of individuals.
I personally know Grand Master Tai since last 29 years. People always talk about his efforts regarding the Martial Arts achievements. However, in my opinion, Master Tai is not only a Grand Master of Bando Karate, but he is also a Grand Master of humanity. Often, God send some people on this earth to make changes in someone's life and I feel that Grand Master Tai is one of them. He has changed so many individual's attitude towards life and other people. I learn from him to put everyone else before myself and live for others and not only for myself. God has made Master Tai a "WASEELA" for me and how he is one of the major reason for me, where I am. He is always in my prayers and I am proud to be one of his students. I am also proud that I ran two Martial Studios in California, USA under his name as Tai's Academy of Martial Arts. God bless him....
Irfan Murtaza / USA

Amar Raysee said...

I appreciate such efforts of posting materials about the legends we have in the field of sports. The blog is terse but comprehensive, elucidating the key time line. I am a student of Grand Master M.A Tai myself and like the millions around the globe, he is not merely a Grand Master but a fatherly figure to me. I have always looked up to him whenever I needed help for my professional or athletic life. He does not only teach everyone, a particular style of karate, but he inculcates the very true gist of living a life from the word goes. I can state that from my personal experience that I have not seen a more humble and down to earth man, in spite of the embellishments in an area of fame. I have known him for 10 years now and I can say without any ambiguity that his teachings have played an impactful role in my life. I always remember him in my prayers and wish that he continue doing the work of reformation as he has been doing for the past 38 years now. I would like to conclude by saying that this blog is an effort in the direction of paying the tribute and homage to a person of immaculate stature and caliber and work of such nature must be carried on.

Sajid said...

I would like to thank and salute our great teacher (Grand Master) Mr. Ashraf Tai for teaching us “Tai Kwando”, I was there with my friends in 1975.
Thanks for giving us self-control, self-esteem, confidence & discipline.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! We (500,000 plus students) are proud to say that today we belong to Tai’s half million plus student club.
May god always bless you, guide you and help you to achieve your future goals. Ameen
Sajid Siddiqui / New Jersey, USA

Tabassum said...

Little bit intro of My Honorable sir

Famous martial artist, Grand Master Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Tai had introduced Bando, the Burmese style of martial arts, in Pakistan way back in 1971 but it were his accomplishments against top-notchers which earned him fame and recognition. Ashraf Tai had created a sensation by overpowering Stanley Michael of Malaysia in the final of the Afro-Asia Championship in 1978. He had confirmed his superiority in the continent by outwitting Japan's Koha Yash a year later.

After emerging triumphant in a tournament staged in Sri Lanka in 1980, Ashraf Tai dared fighting the reigning world champion, Don Wilson of the United States, in 1981. The creditable performance against the world champion elevated his ranking to the ninth place in the world. Ashraf Tai then founded the Pakistan Karate Federation (PKF) and succeeded in having the body affiliated with the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) as well as the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).

Having received numerous awards in various continents of the world during his illust

Tabassum said...

Our orkut community are fully support to our Grat teacher "Grand Master Muhammad Ashraf Tai".

Because he teach us and build us our attitude with very consideration, and we salute to his dedication

Tabassum said...

Grand Master Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Tai had introduced Bando

Tabassum said...

Our orkut community are fully support to our Grat teacher "Grand Master Muhammad Ashraf Tai".

Because he teach us and build us our attitude with very consideration, and we salute to his dedication

Tabassum said...

After emerging triumphant in a tournament staged in Sri Lanka in 1980, he dared fighting the reigning world champion, Don Wilson of the United States, in 1981. The creditable performance against the world champion elevated his ranking to the ninth place in the world.

Tabassum said...

we salute to his dedication

Faizan said...

He is a great teacher and a best Grand Master that pakistan ever had. Thanks For All Of Your Work Grand Master M A Tai!

Faizan said...

Great Leader and also very great teacher. THANKS ALOT!

Faizan said...

WE SALUTE U!!! GREAT JOB IN OUR COMMUNITY!

Jamaluddin said...

I appreciate the web master and his team for publishing the interview of Our Grand Master Muhammad Ashraf Tai. Muhammad Ashraf Tai is a great name of Martial Arts in the world. His great efforts in introducing martial arts and promotting healthy culture is highly appreciated. May ALLAH always bless him. Ameen. Keep up posting....

Muhammad Ismail said...

The pioneer of Bando in Pakistan, Grand Master Muhammad Ashraf Tai, a uniqui name in the field of Martial Arts. Dedicated efforts of Muhammad Ashraf Tai in promoting this spiritual science of martial arts is highly commendable.

I appreciate the team of this web site for publishing the interview of Muhammad Ashraf Tai.

Muhammad Ismail
DGM (Shipbuilding)
Karachi Shipyard

Faizan said...

Ashraf Tai is a brilliant teacher and a person everyone can learn from and look up to. Thank You for everything.

Ferber said...

Master Tai is not only a great martial Artist but he is also a great warrior who has fought with several aspects of life over the years and won his battles. I am glad that you are recognizing his achievements.
San Francisco, USA

SHAWN said...

Thank you for introducing the individuals through your website. It is a wonderful effort from your side and an excellent way to find out about the extra ordinary people such as Master Ashraf Tai.

Shawn I. M.

salim said...

great grand master of pakistan.

salim said...

he is frist who started martial art in pakistan.

i_LoVe_Karate said...

I love Ashraf Tai, he is the best, god bless him.

i_LoVe_Karate said...

He is a great grand master, he deserves to be the minster of sports!

i_LoVe_Karate said...

Everybody keep posting, he is the best, i've worked with him. He is great and im looking forward to see him be the minster of sports

Farhan said...

My friends have told me so much about him, now I want to learn karate! He is my role model

Wajihullah said...

Assalamoalykum Alla,
I want to learn Martial Arts, I live in Islamabad. Is there any institute here which teaches original Ashraf tai style. my email address is
ghazwa4@hotmail.com
Tayyaba

asad said...

i live is karachi and my sir is asref tai i am a fighter my sir is very nice i love you tai sir? asadnice65@live.com

jean roger said...

congratulation

Bando France

www.bando.fr

Stephen said...

Hi. I'm researching a guy called Tony Anthony who claims to be a 3 times kung fu world champion. He claims, sometime in the 80s in Pakistan, to have fought a guy called 'Raani' who was the best student of a master called 'Ashraf Tae'. Can anyone help, or put me in touch with someone who can? Thanks. My email is mikethomevan@onetel.com

Recent Posts