Prof. 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.
After dabbling in a variety of martial arts throughout his life Derek began training Chinese Martial Arts in 2011. He has been a student of Josef Haber's since 2012. He has studied Wing Chung under Pete Nosler since 2011. 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. Hi participation in the Flying Tortoise Beijing trip of fall, 2016 greatly informed his teaching style and martial arts practice.
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.
Eric Geeting is a senior student at Flying Tortoise Kung Fu. He leads the Lan Su Chinese Gardens Satellite School outside during warmer months. On Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am Eric teaches Da Bei Chuan on the patio facing the pond. Eric's Lan Su Chinese Gardens classes will resume May 1st, 2018.
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 and heath and knits together a rich 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.
Robert 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. His teaching approach emphasizes the biomechanical principles and underlying kinesthetics behind the kung fu rather than rote forms or prescriptive techniques. Robert also teaches introductory biology classes at Portland Community College.