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    solo1, read the post above yours

    I got kind of burned out with all the HI coverage, but yes, Shaolin Warriors is making it's way back across America again. Apparently they are in VA next. Here's an update:

    Shaolin Warriors
    (Washington Performing Arts Society)
    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    The skill, movement and imagery of the Chinese art of kung fu comes to Fairfax this weekend. The performers are disciples of the Shaolin schools who combine agility, grace and martial-arts talents. They've trained from a very young age in mental and physical discipline, so expect to see very cinematic -- but very real -- feats by these peaceful warriors. A discussion will take place 45 minutes before each show in the Grand Tier Lobby.

    Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-2787, 888-945-2468 or http://www.gmu.edu/cfa. $22-$44.
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    Warriors has been getting great online coverage

    I'm still burned out after all the HI articles, but I'm posting this one here just to ttt this thread again.

    Looks like we have a handful of Shaolin shows on the road around the world now - Wheel of Life, Holy Mountain, Sutra, Soul of Shaolin, and coming to the World Expo, Shaolin Temple: Saga of Warriors Monks... still not sure about Shaolin Spirit.
    Watch and enjoy, grasshopper
    The Shaolin Warriors bring their entertaining discipline to the University of Wisconsin Whitewater's Yong Auditorium on Thursday.

    Posted: Nov. 5, 2009

    The warriors of China's famed Shaolin Temple, where kung fu was invented, come to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater next week to perform a dynamic program that is part demonstration, part entertainment.

    The show takes the audience through a typical day at the temple, including meditation, chants and fighting skills exercises, some with traditional weapons. The techniques are spectacular and balletic, often involving several fighters performing a series of moves in unison.

    The original Shaolin Buddhists devised kung fu as a means of protecting the temple from invaders. Soon, the exercises also were used to cultivate and focus the life force, known as "ch'i." Kung fu develops coordination, agility and control. It is entirely defensive, in keeping with Buddhist principles of nonviolence and nonconfrontation. When attacked with deadly force, a Shaolin warrior will respond with an immobilizing hold or a knock-out. His goal is to end the threat, not to kill his opponent.

    The Shaolin Warriors perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at UW-Whitewater's Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main St. Tickets, $19-$34 general, $9.50-$17 students, are at the box office, (262) 472-2222, or online at uww.edu/youngauditorium.
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    saw them recently in cincinnati it was a great show.

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    Shaolin Warriors stage production

    On November 1, I went to a stage production at the Cincinnati Music Hall called "Shaolin Warriors." It was a two hour show of monks displaying their boxing and weapons prowess. The set design was beautiful, especially the mock temple which billowed mist. The back drops were gorgeous as well. One looked like a huge page from a boxing manual. They would drop this whenever they needed to change the set.

    During this time, several monks gathered probably 30 children from the audience and lined them according to height all over the stage. The monk told them he would give them a kungfu lesson. He asked them if they were ready and then exploded into a lightning fast tornado of fist and legs. The kids just stood there dumbfounded. He finally showed them step-by-step and randomly repositioned children that were oriented wrong. They later did the same thing for two middle-aged men in the audience. Both were very funny.

    The main curtain was the largest blowup of the famous painting of the light and dark-skinned monks practicing boxing I've ever seen.

    Despite what the program booklet said, there was no discernable storyline other than the beginning, which showed monks of all ages stretching and training in the morning. The rest of the show was random displays of boxing and weapons.

    It was awesome to see all of them doing forms in unison. It was like a rolling ocean of orange. The little monk kids were cute too. They were the comic relief.

    Although I liked the show, it was not what I was expecting. I bought tickets to a show called "Shaolin: Circle of Life" (COL) roughly six years ago while I was still in the army, but didn't get to go. I later bought the dvd. COL had a very discernable story line which presented the history of the temple from it's founding to the destruction. Anytime a monk performed an animal style, a backdrop lit up of the corresponding fauna. They also performed several physical feats like metal bar and wooden dowel breaking, spear-on-throat, supporting a man on spears, bead of nails ans swords, and two-fingered handstands. They did perform some of these in the show I watched, but not all of them. It was still a neat experience, though.

    I thought the "historical" info presented in the program booklet was funny. They claimed Bodhidharma founded the monastery. I think someone really needs to read up on the subject.

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    Shou the Tiger monk on Safari Sam's Stage at the zoo!

    I'm not sure that this is the actual "Shaolin Warriors" tour. Shou the Tiger monk confuses me. And the Britain's Got Talent team was Matthew Ahmet's group.
    Tiger Mania at Paradise Wildlife Park
    Published: 18th August 2010 10:45

    Have you been to Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne lately?

    It has changed considerably in the last couple of years with new attractions include a large indoor play area Tumble Jungle, a Speedway Museum, On Safari Adventure Golf course, Tiger Falls Panning for Gold in addition to the wonderful wildlife park animals. This year the Paradise Lagoon Paddling Pool has been recently refurbished and they have just completed an amazing new observation walkway and Tiger Tree Tops cafe.

    Paradise Wildlife Park is the UK's most interactive zoo. Get up close to our animals, including tigers, lions, monkeys, zebras, camels, penguins and many more. What makes Paradise unique is the fact you can touch and feed many of the animals.

    Tiger Mania Summer Fun

    Visit Paradise Wildlife Park this school summer holiday and help them celebrate the Chinese Year of the Tiger. There will be lots of additional activities going on from 1st August until 5th September including: extra tiger talks, big cat enrichment, colouring competitions and the 'Tiger Hot Spot' trail where you can learn fun facts about tigers. There will also be presentations about WHF the Big Cat Sanctuary (in Kent) which is owned by the Sampson family who run the award winning Paradise Wildlife Park.

    Shou the tiger monk will host a special live action demonstration by the Shaolin Warriors (as seen on "Britian's Got Talent") at Safari Sam's Stage (Monday-Friday at 3pm) to demonstrate how animals are central to Shaolin culture. There will also be the chance for you to join the Shaolin Warriors for a workout and introductory training session in the Event Marquee at 3.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays (from the 4th of August). This sessions lasts approximately 30 minutes and costs £3 per person or 4 people for just £9, tickets can be booked in advance by calling 01992 470490 or can be purchased from the Pay Cabin on arrival.

    The fun doesn't stop there as Safari Sam and his costume character friends including our newest addition Spot the Tiger will be greeting guests as well as hosting a special dance show on Saturday & Sundays at 3pm from 31st July.

    This July they have had plenty of new arrivals joining them at the park including, Pink a young albino skunk, a pair of african pygmy hedgehogs, new baby Bactrian camel named Houdini and two baby male Meerkats.

    Their animals have wasted no time in becoming TV stars with the pygmy hedgehogs and meerkats appearing on "Ideal World" recently. These little critters can be seen by guests on tours visiting 'The Studio' whilst our Meerkats are currently on the display in the ARC (Animal Resource Centre).
    Name the Meerkats Competition

    Paradise Wildlife Park are running a competition called 'Name the Meerkats' giving you the chance to officially name their two male baby meerkats. The winner will receive a complimentary ticket for four people to come along and meet the meerkats in person as well as a certificate to accompany your win.

    To enter simply email your two boy name suggestions with "Name the Meerkats Competition" in the subject heading: info@pwpark.com

    Please don't forget to include full contact details so that they can notify you if you have won. Let them know you found the competition details on AboutMyArea website too.

    The competition closes on 30th September 2010. The winners will be notified by e-mail.

    Bat Night Talk & Twilight Tour TONIGHT

    Don't forget there is a Bat Night Talk and Twilight Tour this evening, Wednesday 18th August from 7.00-10.00pm at a cost of Adults £8 and Children £4.

    An evening all about bats and the important part they play in the ecosystem. You will be given a twilight tour of the park for the chance to catch a glimpse of the native bats that live around the park.

    There will also be a representative of the local Bat Conservation Society to help you identify your finds. Why not come along for this unusual evening and discover the fun...

    To book tickets please call 01992 470490 NOW
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    Address: White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA

    Tel: 01992 470490

    Website: http://www.pwpark.com/

    Opening Times: 9.00am-6.00pm

    Cost: Adult £16, Children (2-15 years) £11, Senior Citizen £11, Family (2+2) £50, Family (1+1) £25

    They also have advance ticket booking facilities on line and family season tickets offers, please call 01992 470490 or see their website for details.

    Only 20 minutes drive from Waltham Abbey - why not take the children to a great day out locally this summer or any time as it is open every day of the year excluding Christmas Day.

    Photograph of Narnia the tiger above given by kind permission of photographer Maggie Radcliffe.
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    Shaolin Warriors meet Blue Man Group?

    It's great that they are supporting this worthy cause but I find the blue faces and orange robes a harsh clash. Perhaps that's the point. At least it's eye-catching, and will hopefully inspire more Shaolin shows to commit to charitable publicity.
    Shaolin Warriors fight prostate cancer ahead of show at The Orchard, Dartford
    11:12am Thursday 14th April 2011
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    KUNG-FU stars from the Shaolin Warriors show, which high kicks into The Orchard in Dartford on May 4, have painted their faces blue to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

    The stunt by the 26 young men from China was in support of The Prostate Cancer Charity's Do Blue campaign, which hopes to help men reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by making better lifestyle choices.

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK and Every year in the UK 37,000 men are diagnosed with the disease.

    The Shaolin Warriors’ breathtaking theatrical production vividly depicts the rarely-seen kung-fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill, using their rigorous martial arts training.

    In a spectacular show featuring professionally-trained Kung Fu Masters, audiences will be amazed and thrilled by the death-defying stunts including qigong, animal imitation boxing, drunken boxing and fighting.

    To book tickets, call 01322 220000 or visit orchardtheatre.co.uk
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    In the UK

    World famous Shaolin Warriors promise spectacular show
    Published date: 28 April 2011 |
    Published by: Mark Lingard

    THE internationally acclaimed production ‘The Shaolin Warriors’ is returning with a brand new show before embarking on a new European tour – and the Kung Fu masters are bringing their show to Shrewsbury on May 6.

    This breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu Show vividly depicts the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility strength and skill, using Buddhist Meditation and their rigorous martial arts training. The show is an extravaganza, with gorgeous scenery, atmospheric music, beautiful lights, and hundreds of costumes.

    This is a fully choreographed spectacular that features 22 professionally trained Kung Fu Masters; audiences will be amazed and thrilled by their death defying Kung Fu disciplines such as qigong, animal imitation boxing, drunken boxing, and fighting with 18 kinds of dangerous traditional weapons.

    This show is now a huge hit in over three continents, and has been seen by over 500,000 people of all ages, and played to sell out audiences and standing ovations throughout the UK this show is a must see for family audiences and martial arts experts enthusiasts alike who have been excited and astounded by The Shaolin Warriors.

    Kung Fu stars from the Shaolin Warriors tour, which high kicks into Shrewsbury on May 5, are also fundraising, and have painted their faces blue to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

    Shaolin Warriors and production company Theatre Productions International have joined forces with The Prostate Cancer Charity in order to fundraise and highlight the importance of prostate cancer awareness.

    The stunt by the 26 young men from China was in support of The Prostate Cancer Charity’s ‘Do Blue’ campaign, which hopes to help men reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by making better lifestyle choices. Cancer of the prostate is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in UK males, with approximately 37,000 cases diagnosed per year.

    Returning to the stage with a brand new 66-date nationwide show, this breathtaking theatrical performance vividly showcases the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill.

    Featuring Buddhist meditation and rigorous martial arts training, the show is an extravaganza of scenery, atmospheric music, beautiful lights and hundreds of costumes. The tour will fundraise at the majority of its 66 dates and aims to support The Prostate Cancer Charity spread their message to audiences of all ages.

    Tickets for the Shaolin Warriors tour can be purchased directly from the Theatre Severn box office on 01743 281281 or can be booked online at www.theatresevern.co.uk.

    For full details of all 66 dates, including how to book tickets for the NEC’s Martial Arts Show, visit www.theatre-productions.com.
    Wonder if they got invited to the Royal Wedding? Actually I don't wonder about this... I just need a flippant comment to meet the character minimum.
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    Making news, generating buzz...

    But still, hard to top the orange and Blue Monk Group...

    There's a vid if you follow the link. I totally dig their orange fleece jackets.

    4 May 2011 Last updated at 09:07 ET
    Martial arts meditation on show

    A group of Chinese Kung Fu experts have spoken of the benefits of meditation during a visit to Darlington.

    The Shaolin Warriors use the mental techniques, along with rigorous physical training, to perfect their fighting and acrobatic skills.

    Tour manager Han Wen Qiao said many had begun training at the age of five.

    He said: "There is a long tradition in China of practising Kung Fu and there is a deep love for this martial art, so people dedicate their lives to it."

    He added that the link between meditation and martial arts in China began with warrior monks, around a millennium and a half ago:

    "Meditation was developed to enrich your life and make your heart stronger and also it is very helpful when you practise Kung Fu.

    "If you practise a lot, it will help you make more progress."

    The Shaolin Warriors spoke to BBC Tees ahead of their performance at Darlington Civic Theatre on 28 April.

    Speaking through an interpreter, Shaolin Warrior Chen Penfei said: "Meditation helps a lot. It can balance your insides.

    "It's very important that you can find the peace in your heart, very important."
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    Now in Tunbridge Wells

    Shaolin Warriors

    Flying through the air, balancing on sharp spears and performing unrelenting acrobatic stunts, the Shaolin Warriors are keen to keep mysterious reputation of Kung-Fu alive and kicking.

    "These guys are like demi-gods. They move so fast, when they flip, you can't even see there hands or head touch the ground. The speed and skill is ridiculous."

    The Shaolin Warriors of China head to Tunbridge Wells under the guidance of Theatre Productions Director, Stephen Leatherland, who remains in ore of their skills.

    He said: "They display so many disciplines. The show is highly choreographed, I would almost describe it as a Kung-fu ballet because there are moments when 16 guys are all moving in unison.

    "They are all throwing themselves around and landing on one leg at the same time, its pretty breath taking.

    "They are choreographed back in China by the guy that helped create the opening ceremony to Beijing Olympics, but we put a theatre production touch on it to make the story line a lot clearer for the audience.

    "Creating magic is the name of the game."

    The group of 22-warriors are all martial arts experts despite some of the performers being as young as 10-years-old.

    They are also specialists with an amazing 18 different weapons which are also used in the show.

    Leatherland, himself an actor in the West-End, said: "They cover all the disciplines they would learn at the Shaolin Temple.

    "They deal with a number of different traditional weapons like swords and spears and even things that I don't even know what they are, but it still look very dangerous to me."

    Each of the warriors has been specially chosen by the Shaolin group with most of them having won either a regional or national competition in their native China.

    Leatherland added: "That is essentially how they came to light in the performance sense. They are the cream of the Kung-fu world.

    "The main guy is called Cheng Penfei. He his like a human Catherine wheel. The human eye struggles to catch up with his movements It is unbelievable."

    The group has been performing since 2000 and received international acclaim following regular tours around the world.

    This is the second time the warriors have come to England for a mammoth 66-date tour before heading off to Europe, America and finally Australia.

    However, most of the warriors grew up in poor rural families in the Henan and Shandong Provinces, known as the heartland of Chinese martial arts.

    Their lives read like a traditional strength throughout adversity story, encouraged by their parents from the age of four to train hard and lift themselves far from their humble beginnings.

    Leatherland, who started Theatre Productions 17 years ago, said: "I have employed many celebrities and obviously I treat them with great respect, but these guys are untouchable and they are great people too because of their Shaolin humility.

    "I see them as demi-gods."

    Featuring Buddhist meditation and rigorous martial arts training, the show is an extravaganza of gorgeous scenery, beautiful lights, hundreds of costumes and an original soundtrack by a Chinese composer.

    The latest show details the journey of a young warrior, from initiation to becoming a Shaolin Monk and achieving warrior status.

    And as you can see within the show, the training necessary in order to become a Shaolin Warrior is most definitely not for the feint hearted.

    A typical day for a youngster includes waking up at 5am in order to complete a full six hours training alongside compulsory meditation and relaxation.

    While on tour the Warriors continue with both their mental and physical training as they believe mental strength to be vital to continuing their successful and injury free performances.

    The director said: "There is a 45 minute warm up before every show as well as their own personal training every day.

    "We actually had a journalist from a martial arts magazine come to the rehearsal and he said he was astounded just by the warm up, let alone the full production."

    Popularity for Kung-fu boomed in the 70s and 80s with the films of Bruce Lee but with 600,000 people having already witnessed the Shaolin Warriors show across the world, there is no question that the intrigue remains.

    The intense and often unbelievable stunts are highlighted by the might boggling feats of endurance.

    When asked which is the big move that wows the most audiences? Leatherland said: "Personally, I'd suggest the 'five spears thrusting the body move'.

    "It is a stunt where a warrior is supported in the air with spears. Others include lying on blades, the nail bed, as well as breaking iron bars using the forehead alone, to name just a few."

    Despite these feats, the warriors offer a family orientated show aimed at all ages.

    Mr Leatherland added: "In particular there's a teaching sequence with children from the audience who experience being taught Kung-Fu live on stage!

    But when asked if he would be donning the traditional orange robes to take part as an understudy warrior Leatherland answered: "I have had to step in at the last moment many times, but I don't think I will with this production.

    "I value my life too much!"

    The Shaolin Warriors visit the Assembly Halls Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday, June 7.

    Tickets cost £22.50 each or a family ticket of four costs £62. Visit the website at www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk or phone 01892 530613.

    By Joe Bill
    "This is the second time the warriors have come to England for a mammoth 66-date tour before heading off to Europe, America and finally Australia."
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    Now in Blackpool & Derby

    Friday 24 June 2011
    Shaolin Warriors at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
    Published on Friday 24 June 2011 07:47


    EVERYBODY is Kung-Fu fighting for a ticket to the breathtaking new show from the Shaolin Warriors – Legendary Masters of Kung-Fu at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Sunday.

    The Shaolin Warriors are performers of Shaolin-style martial arts – a major genre within the Kung-Fu and Chinese martial arts world.

    The thrilling theatrical performance direct from China vividly showcases the rarely seen Kung-Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill.

    Featuring Buddhist meditation and rigorous martial arts training, the brand new production is an extravaganza of gorgeous scenery, atmospheric music, beautiful lights and hundreds of costumes, featuring 22 professionally-trained Kung-Fu masters.

    Director Stephen Leatherland says of the 2011 show: “Shaolin Warriors is most definitely a family show.

    In particular there’s a teaching sequence with children from the audience who experience being taught Kung-Fu live on stage!

    “And this year we’ve also looked to recreate the production especially for the UK audience – making it more interactive, more attractive and ultimately, more exciting.”

    Sunday’s show starts at 7.30pm, with ticket prices starting at £15.50 and more details are available from the box office on (01253) 290190.
    ohhh, a teaching sequence with children from the audience who experience being taught Kung-Fu live on stage...

    Kung-fu stars high-kick to the Assembly Rooms
    Published on Friday 24 June 2011 00:00

    Kung-Fu stars from the Shaolin Warriors tour, which high kicks into the Assembly Roms, Derby, on Saturday, June 25, have painted their faces blue to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

    Shaolin Warriors and production company Theatre Productions International have joined forces with The Prostate Cancer Charity in order to fundraise and highlight the importance of prostate cancer awareness.

    The stunt by the 26 young men from China was in support of The Prostate Cancer Charity’s Do Blue campaign, which hopes to help men reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by making better lifestyle choices.

    Returning to the stage with a brand new 66-date nationwide show, this breathtaking theatrical performance vividly showcases the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill. Tickets can be purchased from the theatre box office on 01332 255800.
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    Win tickets to Shaolin Warriors

    If you're a South Australian resident, follow the link and enter.
    Win tickets to a Kung Fu extravaganza
    16 Aug 11 @ 05:30pm by Zoe Doherty-Dawson

    Direct from China, the legendary Shaolin Warriors will return punching, kicking and tumbling in a spectacular, dynamic new production.

    This breathtaking extravaganza starring 22 Kung Ku Masters follows the journey from a young child’s initiation into the monastery, to achieving fully fledged warrior status.

    The original Kung Fu spectacular Shaolin Warriors has had audiences around the world gasping in disbelief at the awe-inspiring demonstrations of hypnotic and death-defying feats. From the unmatched ensemble synchronisation to the proficiency in the disciplined use of 18 traditional weapons, audiences will be amazed.

    Enter for your chance to win tickets to the Friday, September 9, show at the Adelaide Festival Centre.


    The promotion is open to South Australian residents. Be sure to leave a daytime phone number and address.

    Entries open at 530pm on Tuesday, August 16, and close at 9am on Tuesday, August 30.

    Winners will be contacted and their names will be published online by Thursday, September 1.

    Winners will be given 5 days from the date of notification to collect or arrange the receipt of their prizes.

    One entry per person please. Prizes are not transferable.

    The trader is Messenger Community News Pty Ltd, PO Box 339, Adelaide 5001.
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    Still down under

    Shaolin Warriors - Albury
    When: 29 Sep 11
    9am to 5pm
    Monday to Friday
    45 minutes before the beginning of the show
    Where: Albury Entertainment Centre, Swift Street, Albury
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    Phone (02) 6043 5610
    Email entertainment@alburycity.nsw.gov.au
    Website http://www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/entertainment
    Description:
    Direct from China, the Shaolin Warriors return to the Australian stage showcasing the remarkable skill, stunning movement, and spectacular imagery of kung fu in a dynamic new production touring nationally throughout Australia from September 2011.

    Featuring rarely seen Buddhist meditation alongside deadly martial-arts prowess, this breathtaking extravaganza starring 22 kung fu masters follows the journey from a young child's initiation into the monastery, to achieving fully fledged warrior status through diligent training and study. In addition to the incredible kung fu feats, the show also reflects the profoundness of Chinese Buddhism, the "Unity of Zen and Martial Arts".

    The original kung fu spectacular, Shaolin Warriors has had audiences around the world gasping in disbelief at the awe inspiring demonstrations of hypnotic and death-defying feats. From the unmatched ensemble synchronization to the proficiency in the disciplined use of 18 traditional weapons, audiences will be amazed beyond the boundaries of their own belief.

    Supported by stunning scenery, atmospheric music, spectacular lighting and costumes, this Shaolin Warriors spectacular is a "must-see" for family audiences and martial arts experts alike.

    "Agility, grace and showmanship." The Washington Post

    "...(for) anyone seeking rip-roaring entertainment with a dab of spiritual enlightenment" The West Australian

    "he whole show leaves you amazed and breathless." Nottingham Post

    "left the spellbound audience on their feet clapping and shouting for more." Combat Magazine, UK
    a dab of spiritual enlightenment...
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    Kung Fu Kings

    Naming the performers is refreshing.
    Spectacular Shaolin finale
    DAMIEN McCARTNEY | October 11th, 2011


    Lu Zichao (left), Deng Youfeng and Wang Runchao will form part of the Shaolin Warriors who are performing in Darwin. Picture: BRAD FLEET

    SWORDS, whips, knives, spears and axes are among 18 traditional Chinese weapons that are part of the Shaolin Warriors performance.

    The kung fu kings will take to the Playhouse stage tonight in their last Australian show - and they are leaving nothing behind, promising a top show.

    The former monks have been performing together for five years. Punters can expect to see cabbages chopped clean in half with massive cleavers, and a chest-pounding drum session.

    The group's interpreter Han Wenqiao said it would be Kung Fu at its best.

    "It's got awesome dancing, beautiful choreography, awesome costumes, and weapons demonstration," he said. "What else do you need?"

    This is the group's last show of the tour, after performing in the US, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada.

    Tonight's farewell performance concludes the group's fourth trip to Australia, with each being successful.

    The Shaolin Warriors, 7.30 Tuesday night, tickets at box office.
    Theatre Review: Shaolin Warriors
    DAVID ZAMPATTI, The West Australian October 10, 2011, 9:59 am


    Shaolin Warriors
    Burswood Theatre

    By a happy coincidence, there were two teams of 22 gladiators on display at the Burswood Entertainment Complex last Friday night. In the grand ballroom the West Coast Eagles were being adored by their fans at their club champion dinner, while in the theatre next door an equally enthusiastic crowd cheered on warriors of the Shaolin martial arts variety.

    Wouldn't that make for an interesting fantasy contest? Could Nic Naitanui match the Shaolins' athletic aerials? Are Daniel Kerr's hands faster than a kung fu swordmaster? And - with the greatest of respect --is Beau Waters really such a hard man after all?

    Certainly, after two hours of extraordinary leaps, blink-of-an-eye weaponry and nerve-jangling physical peril from the Shaolin Warriors, you might have cause to wonder.

    Unlike the mere quarter-century-old football club, of course, there's been a monastery at Shaolin since the fifth century and records of the monks in combat date from the seventh century. By the 16th century, kung fu was an integral and famous part of Shaolin monastic life, exported throughout China and into Japan, Korea and Okinawa.

    "Brand" is an appropriate word here, because Shaolin kung fu has become a secular phenomenon up there with the Cirque du Soleil franchise, the Blue Men and the various Celtic hoofers and Dutch fiddlers of present renown. These performers, most from poor rural communities in Shandong and Henan provinces, may not be monks, but they are brought up and live like them, spending long days from very early ages training and mastering their art. Indeed, this production's story of a boy's journey from initiation to full warrior status features two lads who couldn't be more than 11 or 12 but could only have achieved their staggering strength and supple skill after many years of training.

    Along the way we see a generous range of Shaolin signature routines, from stunts with nails and razor-sharp swords to the smashing of metal bars and stout wooden staffs on heads and arms, mind-boggling physical contortions and marvellous leaps and bounds. There's also some charming by-play, especially when the performers herded a bunch of wide-eyed kids (including a youngster of my tribe) on to the stage to take them through some hilariously cute routines.

    It's not perfect. There's a jarring fusion of mediocre Occidental and Oriental incidental music not far enough behind the action, which is sometimes surprisingly poorly staged, given the quality of the performances, but it looks beautiful, it's hugely entertaining and, even if the philosophical underpinning of the arts on display is only fleetingly and shallowly touched on, the warriors have an authenticity that disarms and delights.
    And Beau, I'd be thinking long and hard before I took these hard men on!
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
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  14. #119

    monks

    Quote Originally Posted by 7kicks View Post
    For those of you in the new england area the Shaolin Warriors will be performing at the orpheum theatre in Boston Nov 4, Start time is 8:00 P.M. tickets are available thru ticket master.
    do you know where to learn Qi Gong in the United States?

  15. #120
    most shaolin shows suck, I wish it didnt, but the true routines will fade away.

    The true Shaolin Kung Fu will be gone in a few years.

    Bye Bye Yin Shou Gun, Xiao Hong Quan, Qi Mei Gun, Ferocious Staff, Tai Zu Chan Quan, Tai Chi Quan, Mei Hua Quan, and the rest.

    All the bood and tears for getting these routines will be gone becose of the Ego.

    Peace XiaoHong

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