Flying Tortoise Kung Fu
Flying Tortoise Kung Fu
Flying Tortoise Kung Fu is Oregon’s premier academy of Internal Kung Fu and one of only a handful of such schools in the world.
Unique to Flying Tortoise Kung Fu is the education of our staff. Twice annually lead instructor Josef Haber travels to TianTan (The Temple of Heaven) in Beijing to spend a month studying under masters of BaGuaZhang, XingYiQuan, SanHuangPaoChui and DaBeiQuan.
In Beijing Josef studies upwards of 9.5 hours a day and returns to the states with a direct and detailed transmission of the arts taught.
Our curriculum has been ratified by our Beijing Masters and students can be assured that their instruction is up to the same standard of Chinese students in TianTan.
Josef Haber L.Ac
Josef Haber, L.Ac began his study of the martial arts 1988. In the years since, he has been consistently dedicated to his training. In 2010 Josef graduated with honors from Emperors College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica and returned to Portland. Later that year he founded his schools of BaGuaZhang and Capoeira. He as taught classes in Mestre Batata's academy, The Inosanto Academy, The Source Academy as well as numerous colleges and elementary schools.
Robert Richardson PhD
Dr Richardson has over 20 years of experience with martial arts and has been a dedicated student of Josef Haber since 2009. His perspective is that martial arts are models for interaction—a study of relationships. Rather than focusing on techniques for fighting or self-defense, Robert helps students explore KungFu as a living and individually adaptable art for navigating the world. His teaching practice draws from other martial arts as well as his biology background. He also teaches introductory biology classes at Portland Community College.
After dabbling in a variety of martial arts throughout his life Derek began training Chinese Martial Arts in 2011. In addition to Flying Tortoise Kung Fu he is also an avid Wing Chun practitioner. He appreciates combat applications and artistic qualities. Derek is also fascinated with the healing capabilities of Chinese Martial Arts. He credits them with helping him overcome various long term health problems. Derek looks forward to improving as the years move forward and enjoys filling in to teach classes when the opportunity arises.
“Hailing from Mobile, AL, Aaron Diaz began his lifelong martial arts career in 1989 at the age of six. He has trained in Seoul, New York, San Francisco, and Portland in a number of internal systems. He holds a 4th degree black belt and master instructor rank in the Korean art of Soo Bahk Do."