BaGuaZhang or Eight Trigram Palm is the youngest and most sophisticated of the Beijing internal Kung Fu styles. Founded by Master Dong Hai Chuan 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. For health BaGuaZhang is phenomenal. The footwork is gentle on the joints and promotes a deep sense of balance. The body movements encourage full range of motion in all major joint complexes and heavy weapon strength training makes kettle bells seem awfully dull.
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.