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Pick of the Day: Shaolin Warriors: "Voices of the Masters"

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Although their fine-tuned martial arts skills are reportedly never put to use in combat, the Shaolin Warriors are the last monks you’d ever want to cross. Disciples of an Indian Buddhist named Bodhi-dharma who founded the Shaolin monastery on a summer day circa 525 A.D., “China’s Mysterious Kung Fu Monks” call their system of fighting wushu. Inspired by meditations on “the attack and defense movements of animals,” the practice was developed in response to the perils of life in battle-torn feudal China. Employing 20 performers and 18 traditional weapons — including cudgel, spear, sword, three-section staff, dart, dagger, black tiger hammer, and the common axe — the troupe’s “Voices of the Masters” plays out in a series of synchronized vignettes depicting “a typical day at the temple from dawn to dusk.” $29-$110; 7:30pm Tue, Oct 30; The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-2891, ticketmaster.com. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.

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