Flying Tortoise Kung Fu
Flying Tortoise Kung Fu
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Joey is on his way this fall to complete his 11th trip to Beijing. He will also be taking some paternity leave in November after Kate gives birth!
Instructor Training: We have a rich body of student instructors, many of whom have traveled to China to study. They will be teaching classes in his absence. Please join us for our regularly scheduled classes all fall.
Master Derryl is returning to PDX for his 3rd annual Chen TaiJi Workshop October 14th. Registration is available online.
The Instructors of Flying Tortoise Kung Fu are uniquely educated. Together they hold 6 formal lineages. Lead instructor Josef Haber travels to TianTan (The Temple of Heaven) in Beijing twice annually. At the temple he spends a month studying under masters of BaGuaZhang, XingYiQuan, SanHuangPaoChui, DaBeiQuan, LiTaiJi and Sanda. This opportunity is open to students and other instructors by invitation.
In Beijing Josef trains upwards of 9.5 hours a day and returns to the states biannually with a direct and detailed transmission of the arts taught. In the fall of 2016 he brought 4 of his students with him.
Our internal kung fu 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" (The Temple of Heaven).
I have been training Capoeira with Joey for about a year now. I came to his academy with several years under my belt and I have found an opportunity to grown my game from a brand new perspective.
Joey has been a great teacher due to his ability to intimately understand human movement and dynamic power transfer. As I have gotten better, Joey has been able to pinpoint areas of weakness in my game and has provided insight on how to overcome those obstacles.
If you are looking for someone with a wide variety of martial arts experience and a broad vocabulary of movement, I encourage you to check Joey out.
I've been involved in martial arts since 1989, and rarely have I found a school that comes close to the quality of Flying Tortoise. The commitment to authentic Chinese kung fu, combined with a welcoming and constructive atmosphere, are a breath of fresh air in a country where quality traditional martial arts are scarce. Head instructor Joseph Haber trains multiple months a year under top masters in Beijing, and is a lineage holder in Cheng-style Bagua Zhang and San Huang Pao Chui. There's no more reliable connection to those arts on the West Coast.
If you're interested in martial arts but dissatisfied with McDojos, questionable New Age goofery, or simply the toxic masculinity pervading so many schools, Flying Tortoise is an essential visit. You'd be hard pressed to find a more fun and friendly environment, while still providing challenging training in health, longevity, and practical self-defense.
Creative and expert instruction, with a strong emphasis on student empowerment. A great program that has helped this senior citizen rebuild strength and mobility!
In Flying Tortoise, Josef and Kate have created a welcoming and inclusive community for the study of Kung Fu and Capoeira. They have a rare gift for understanding each student and fostering the transformation of quirks into strengths. As a result, students steadily gain confidence, maturity, and technical skill. I strongly recommend Flying Tortoise to both skilled practitioners and utter beginners.
I met Joey Haber when I came to Portland after more than 30 years of learning and teaching martial arts. I was struck by his skill integrity and passion for the arts—enough of each to impress an old hand who’s seen it all and done half of it. When I observed how well he taught novices and children, I brought my family into his programs. Joey is one of the finest instructors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.
I am immensely fortunate to have joined a community of martial artists through Flying Tortoise Kung Fu. It is a school that draws from an authentic lineage, yet is accessible to those with limited and no expertise. Bagua is not a martial art for everyone; but those seeking this rare, multilayered, and body strengthening style should consider taking classes from an authentic school such as Flying Tortoise Bagua. Other classes are offered at the school to provide a well-rounded approach to Kung Fu: powerful Xingyi Quan and San Huang Pao Chui, peaceful Zen Taichi, Martial Arts Weapons, and essential Ji Ben Gong. Continue Reading…
There is a great mix of students at Flying Tortoise. Many have a back ground in varying martial art forms. Some have none at all. The format in which the classes are taught accommodates for this, and the instructors make sure that everyone is comfortable moving and learning at their own pace.
You gotta respect a teacher, Joseph Haber, that takes time each year to return to China and train within the direct lineage of both the Cheng and Liang family styles. Not only does this keep the training on point, but it keeps it fresh and new as he is continually enhancing his own skill level and education. You, as a student, have the option of going with Joseph once you reach a certain skill set. Pretty fab in my opinion! Continue reading…
Josef Haber's dedication to BaGuaZhang lead him and his wife, Kate to China for the first time in 2012. He has been training 2 months / year in Beijing ever since. The meaningful relationships with his Chinese family and his multiple Beijing lineage ceremonies enrich and inform more than just Josef's KungFu. He and his family are dedicated to preserving the transformative martial arts and the spirit of good kung fu His youtube channel is an example of his desire to share all he has learned and continues to learn in the Temple of Heaven. The goal of his pursuits is to create more teachers who will perpetuate these meaningful arts long after he is gone.
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. He attended 2 weeks of training in Beijing fall of 2016.
Benjamin Gitchel, a qigong student of William "Uncle Bill" Frazier, has been a practitioner of JinJingGong since 2007, and has recently returned from studying in China at Mt. Emei with lineage holder Prof. Wang Qingyu, and the North American lineage disciples. His other passions include trance work and hypnotherapy (CHt, MNLP), as well as the study of harmony through number, geometry, and sound. He currently resides in Aurora, Oregon.
Kate Haber, 'Pimenta,' has been a Capoeirista since 2009. She began her studies under Mestre Batata in Los Angeles. She likes to refer to capoeira as her 'martial arts soul food': it offers expedient fun, health and community. She runs a rich kids' capoeira program at Flying Tortoise in addition to managing the studio. Please visit Capoeira Besouro Oregon for more info.
Fritz Rice's martial art career started early and has spanned practice in art form mother countries from India to China. His friendship with Joey as well as his knowledge of Beijing language and culture have propelled Flying Tortoise forwards. In Seattle, Fritz studies Chen TaiJiChuan under Master Derryl Willis. He will be traveling from Seattle to Portland about once a month to teach Chen Tai Chi at Flying Tortoise and offer private lessons.
Robin Richardson has been practicing martial arts since 1994 and been studying with Josef Haber since 2009, focusing on Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan. Their teaching approach emphasizes the biomechanical principles and underlying kinesthetics behind the kung fu rather than rote forms or prescriptive techniques. Robin also teaches introductory biology classes at Portland Community College.
Ed Barrow is a veteran martial artists. He studied Shaolin in San Francisco with a string of renown teachers from 1977-1996 including Grand Master Kuo Lien Ying and Master George Xu . In China, Ed studied with Ching Shong Bao. Over the past 40 years Ed has studied Yang Style Tai Chi, Qi Gong, broad sword, rattan staff, knives, Wu Mei Lan Shou Shaolin Chuan, Xing Yi Quan and Chen style Tai Chi. Please click photo for more details!