Shaolin Warriors: A Martial Arts Extravaganza

You may or may not have heard that last Thursday, the IU Auditorium hosted the Shaolin Warriors. But who are the Shaolin Warriors? Well, they are a group of martial artists from China who travel the world preforming a show of amazing tricks and spectacular mastery of skills in order to bring this iconic part of Chinese culture to others. Quite honestly, for a martial arts nerd like me, it was a feast for the eyes. (I have practiced the martial arts of Tae Kwon Do for more than six years, achieving the rank of red-black belt, or temp, as my IU Tae Kwon Do compatriots call it.)

Before the fun even began, a few of the performers hung around, introduced themselves; answered questions about themselves, the show, their craft; and of course, took pictures with people. Then, during the show, they took you on a journey through the eyes of a child going through training to become a skillful warrior. This journey was filled with cool kicks and other moves, some acrobatic airtime, and skillful manipulation of eighteen traditional weapons.

If you want to see for yourself, check out the Shaolin Warriors promo video here.

You can also find a schedule of other great performances coming up at IU Auditorium here.

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About The Author
Madeline ShepleyAstronomy Major, Class of 2020

Hello! My name is Madeline Shepley, and I am a freshman at IU. I am currently studying Astronomy with thoughts of possibly minoring in Mathematics and double majoring in Physics because looking at pictures of the universe and gazing up at the night sky have always filled me with an unshakeable awe for how our universe works. I also am interested in reading, writing, doing Tae Kwon Do and other fun things for fitness, and watching the Green Bay Packers and college football/basketball. Ultimately though, I love it here at IU. Go Hoosiers!