Ip Man: A Wing Chung Kung Fu Tea Reflection

Ip Man: A Wing Chung Kung Fu Tea Reflection

Andres Nava 
Tea enthusiast and owner of Tao Te Tea

Sitting in my patio, the sound of crickets ring as the frogs by my koi pond ostinato a gravely bass line. While enjoying the pleasant atmosphere pictures of legendary masters flashed across the screen of my mind. Within a fraction of a second, images of Leonardo Da'Vinci, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Siddhartha Gautama, and Elon Musk passed before my mind.

I leaned over my patio table to pour a hot cup of Black Dragon Pearl tea, and then the image of Ip Man came to my mind and lingered. I couldn't help but reflect on Ip Man for a while.

I took a sip of my tea and lit a Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill Cuban cigar. This pairing may be considered unorthodox by many, but I am certain that Ip Man, being one who enjoyed both tea and tobacco, would understand that supreme state of relaxation it induced.

Ip Man was a master of Wing Chun and is responsible for initiating his art on the global stage. If you are not familiar with Ip Man, you may know of his pupil, Bruce Lee.

He was a master, but not just in the martial arts. I regard this man as being a "Renaissance Man" of the 20th century for his philosophical approach to martial arts. He was quoted as saying "We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear and hatred and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph."

I wonder if Ip Man's philosophical style inspired Bruce Lee in his own philosophies.

Ip Man drinking black tea

In this photo of Ip Man, you can see that he is sitting at a tea house, likely in Hong Kong. On the table before Ip Man is Gaiwan tea utensils. Based on the utensils Ip Man is using and his taste for tobacco, I would venture to guess that he is likely drinking Yunnan Black Tea, the same tea used to make Black Dragon Pearl Tea. Yunan Black Tea pairs very well with tobacco.

In the 20th century, it was common for a master of martial arts to also be a tea master. I venture to speculate that there may a philosophical bond between the two arts as well as a community of clearing and honing the mind.

 


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