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Source: Todd Holmberg, 785-532-6425,
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News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Monday, Nov. 9, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The Shaolin Warriors, a group of kung fu masters, will take the McCain Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, as part of Kansas State University's 2009-2010 McCain Performance Series.

In a fully choreographed theatrical production, the Shaolin Warriors bring the skill, movement and imagery of kung fu to the stage. The performers are all disciples of the Shaolin schools, known throughout the world for their disciplined and deadly martial-arts prowess. Members of the group have trained from a very young age in mental and physical disciplines, which allow them to perform seemingly impossible feats.

The family-oriented production features many forms of Shaolin kung fu as well as a look at the daily life of the warriors and their Zen philosophy. Although the show demonstrates several Shaolin fighting techniques, the warriors espouse a philosophy of nonviolence and nonaggression. The Shaolin fight mostly in silence, exhibiting what can be described as stillness in movement, a direct result of a serene mind cultivated through the practice of meditation.

Tickets for the Shaolin Warriors are on sale now. Prices start at $12 for K-State students and $24 for the general public. Discounts for K-State faculty, children and military also are available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428 during box office hours. More information is available online at