Friday, July 24, 2015

“Chan, Tea, and the Way of the Warrior” at Library

The Greenville Public Library welcomes back Jesse Berry for a special event Thursday July 30th at 6:30. Everyone knows Jesse as the owner and head Sifu, or instructor, of the Young Forest Martial Arts studio and also the owner and operator of Blue Lantern Tea, an online store specializing in rare artisan teas from around the world. Many of us have enjoyed Jesse’s demonstrations of the traditional Gung Fu Cha or tea ceremony.

Again Jesse will make and serve tea along with another very special part of the program: a book speaking and signing of his debut novel Chan, Tea, & the Way of the Warrior. The book will be available for purchase. Jesse will describe how he was inspired by Gung Fu (Kung Fu has the same characters as Gung Fu) in his writing.

He explains “It is a misconception that Gung Fu means only martial art. Kung Fu translates as skill effort but is interpreted as skill developed through hard work and effort over time. A person can develop skill and effort through the art of tea as well.”

As editor and contributor to Tea Warrior, a martial arts blog and forum, Berry shares his experiences from more than ten years of martial arts, as well as his extensive knowledge of teas. This is a free event with limited seating. Please call 548-3915 or join this event page on Facebook to reserve your seat. Light refreshments will be provided.

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