Shaolin masters arrive in KL for return show


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Dec 2004

BY CELESTE FONG AND NG CHENG YEE

SEPANG: After their tremendously successful tour here two years ago, the renowned Shaolin masters from the Songshan Shaolin Wushu Centre in Henan, China, are back to give Malaysians another chance to witness their amazing skills, including new acts. 

The first batch of nine exponents from the centre, led by Master Feng Genhuai, arrived at the KL International Airport here at 7pm yesterday. 

A 32-member troupe will be performing on Dec 15 and 16 at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil. 

At the airport, the group, most of whom had put on bright orange costumes immediately on arrival, attracted much attention from travellers and visitors, particularly when they struck some dramatic kung fu poses. 

Feng said they were happy to be here again for the Shaolin Kung Fu Masters Return! show. 

Kung fu exponents from the Songshan Shaolin Wushu Centre in Henan, China, drawing the attention of visitors and travellers alike at the KL International Airport last night.

“We are honoured to be invited back to Malaysia to perform for a good cause – to raise funds for the Tung Shin Hospital,” he said. 

He also hoped the show would not only provide Malaysians with a chance to see Shaolin martial arts but also give the audience a better understanding of the 1,500-year-old Shaolin culture. 

According to Feng, the troupe members – aged between 12 and 30 – were excited and raring to give their best at the show. 

The performances, he added, would include some new acts such as the Zhen Chuan Bo Li (Needle Piercing Glass Pane) and other qigong skills. 

Among the other acts will be stunning somersaults and sparring, performed with bare hands and the 18 Shaolin weapons. 

World lion dance champions Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association and Malaysian drum champion Chung Hwa Independent High School’s 24-member drum troupe will also be performing at the show. 

Proceeds from the show will go to Tung Shin Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, a government-approved community hospital. 

Software consultant Wong Pui Tuck, 42, who had just returned from a working trip to Vietnam, was among the lucky ones who managed to snap photos of the Shaolin masters at the airport. 

“I have heard a lot of about the Shaolin Temple and seen the stunts these kung fu masters can do on television and movies, and I'm really looking forward to seeing a live performance,” he said.  

Wong, from Kuala Lumpur, said he had wanted to buy tickets to the Shaolin Kung Fu Masters Return! show after reading about it in The Star.  

Martial arts fan Dermot Doherty, 27, from Ireland, was delighted to see the group from Henan and spent several minutes taking pictures of them.  

 

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