or Eight Trigram Palm

BaGuaZhang is the youngest and, in many aspects, the most sophisticated of the Beijing internal Kung Fu styles. Founded by Master DongHaiChuan around 160 years ago BaGuaZhang became famous throughout Northern China as a martial art for bodyguards, palace guards and intellectuals. BaGuaZhang is characterized by rapid changes in direction and sophisticated footwork as well as devastating strikes and throws.

BaGuaZhang is a great style for students willing to invest the time to understand and internalize complex body mechanics. 

XingYi: BaGua classes include XingYi instruction.


 Flying Tortoise Kung Fu offers instruction in two of the three major family styles of BaGuaZhang: Cheng style and Liang style. This makes Flying Tortoise Kung Fu singular as a teaching institution. Due to decades of family politics it is virtually impossible for a school to offer more than one family system.

Our school has avoided this issue due to the work of Flying Tortoise Kung Fu instructor, Josef Haber who travels twice annually to Beijing and has built a personal relationship with both the Cheng and Liang families. As a result Josef Haber has been able to receive an in-depth education in both styles at The Temple of Heaven (TianTan) in Beijing.

Josef received Lineage in Cheng style from Master Ni Rou Hua and trains Liang style under Master Zhang Xue An.


In Cheng BaGuaZhang Josef’s formal Lineage is as follows:

1st Generation: Dong Hai Chuan,

2nd Generation: Cheng Ting Hua

3rd Generation: Liu Bin

4th Generation Liu Xin Han

5th Generation Liu Zhua

6th Generation: Ni Rou Hua

7th Generation: Josef Haber


In Liang Style BaGuaZhang Josef’s informal Lineage is as follows:

1st Generation: Dong Hai Chuan

2nd Generation: Liang Zhen Pu

3rd Generation: Li Zi Ming

4th Generation: Zhang Jun Min

5th Generation: Zhang Xue An

Josef Haber is the eldest Lineage Disciple of 6th Generation Master Ni Rou Hua as well as the curator of the North American BaGuaZhang Research Association; an organization based in Beijing.