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Shaolin Warriors demonstrate feats of daring in their (Credit: Handout)

Shaolin Warriors demonstrate feats of daring in their show at Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Dec. 2, 2012.

Shaolin Warriors at Stony Brook's Staller Center

You don't often see the words "Warrior" and "Buddhist" in the same sentence. But that's how it is with the Shaolin Warriors, "disciples" of the ancient kung fu practice of self-defense developed by Buddhist monks in China. The Warriors will demonstrate their remarkable mind-over-body mastery at Staller Center as part of their three-month American tour.

"What you see on TV or the movies is not real," says company interpreter Han Wanqiao. "It's very exaggerated. It's done with technology -- camera tricks. Here, you'll see Warriors jumping very high with a spear or using a sharp knife to slice Chinese cabbage on their belly. It looks crazy," he adds with a laugh.

Shaolin Warriors, including the youngest ones, strike a
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Shaolin Warriors, including the youngest ones, strike a classic pose in their performance coming to Staller Center, Stony Brook, Dec. 2, 2012.

Shaolin Warriors demonstrate feats of daring in their
(Credit: Handout)

Shaolin Warriors demonstrate feats of daring in their show at Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Dec. 2, 2012.

A trio Shaolin Warriors demonstrate a Kung Fu
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A trio Shaolin Warriors demonstrate a Kung Fu fighting stance in their one-performance-only show at Staller Center, Stony Brook, Dec. 2, 2012.

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Shaolin Warriors demonstrate feats of daring in their
(Credit: Handout)

Shaolin Warriors demonstrate feats of daring in their show at Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Dec. 2, 2012.

Shaolin Warriors demonstrate balance and teamwork in a
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Shaolin Warriors demonstrate balance and teamwork in a maneuver from their show coming to Staller Center, Stony Brook, Dec. 2, 2012.

A monk demonstrate a flying attack technique with
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A monk demonstrate a flying attack technique with a sword in the Shaolin Warriors show at Staller Center, Stony Brook, Dec. 2, 2012.

The Shaolin Warriors company of Kung Fu masters
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The Shaolin Warriors company of Kung Fu masters perform their fast-paced movement imagery at Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Dec. 2, 2012.

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