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.