Shaolin Warriors Debut at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Article by Keen Lee

The Shaolin Warriors performed at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College for its 2012-2013 season on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3pm.

The history of the Shaolin Warriors began with the story of a Buddhist monk. In 525 AD, a Buddhist monk named Bodhi-dharma founded the Shaolin Monastery which became the Henan Province of China. Eventually, the Shaolin Monastery fostered an elite group of monks that became known for their unique combination of disciplined spiritualism and deadly martial arts prowess.

The Shaolin philosophy is to seek a balanced life, with a strong and flexible mind housed in a strong and flexible body. Shaolin Kung Fu developed from the combination of elements from Buddhism and Taoism over the 1,500 years of exercises that train monks to withstand long hours of sitting meditation. The practice has evolved into a fluid martial art that is fast, evasive, strong, and efficient while being non-confrontational, focusing not on aggression but self-defense.

In this fully choreographed theatrical production, the Kung Fu Masters of The Shaolin Warriors portray a typical day in their lives, which includes the serenity of morning meditation and chants, daily exercises that strengthen both the body and mind, and dazzling synchronized fighting rituals that employ an array of traditional Shaolin weaponry. The monks train from a very young age in mental and physical disciplines, allowing them to perform feats one thought only possible in the movies. Many forms of Shaolin Kung Fu as well as a look at the daily life of the warriors and their Zen philosophy were performed during this production.

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