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weapon, the war­riors are nonag­gres­sive. At the heart of their ethos is grace and el­e­gance which is a fun­da­men­tal theme through­out the show.” It is the per­fect show for fam­i­lies, said the di­rec­tor: “Shaolin War­riors is def­i­nitely a fam­ily show. There’s even a teach­ing se­quence with chil­dren from the au­di­ence who are taught kung fu live on stage.” Most of the war­riors grew up in poor ru­ral fam­i­lies in the He­nan and Shan­dong Prov­inces of China. While on tour, they con­tinue both their men­tal and phys­i­cal train­ing as they be­lieve men­tal strength to be vi­tal to a suc­cess­ful per­for­mance. In spite of the range of dan­ger­ous weapons, few of the per­form­ers are ever in­jured. Stephen said: “The war­riors have been fully trained since they were very young. As most of them be­gan their train­ing as young as four, they’ve es­tab­lished all the tips and tricks needed in or­der to en­sure their op­ti­mum safety. They’re also in­cred­i­bly strict in their med­i­ta­tion and phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tion be­fore each show.”

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