At the age of six he began learning from his father, Steven Diaz, a 6th Dan in Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan. He has trained in Seol, 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.
Katherine Haber, L.Ac teaches classes that focus on strength and invigoration through physical and meditative practices. She teaches the kids' capoeira programs at Flying Tortoise. All her life she has participated in physical activities. Following her diverse interests, she has worked with groups such as Ballet Arizona, The Little 500 and Team in Training. She own Laurelhurst Family Clinic next door where she practices acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Josef Haber, L.Ac began his study of the martial arts 1988. In the years since, he has been consistently dedicated to his training. In 2010 Josef graduated with honors from Emperors College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica and returned to Portland. Later that year he founded his schools of BaGuaZhang and Capoeira. Josef teaches with an emphasis on student empowerment, utilizing the deeply transformative qualities of the arts he teaches.
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.
Fritz Rice is Josef's Beijing training partner. He will be traveling from Seattle to Portland about once a month to teach Chen Tai Chi at Flying Tortoise. First class will be July 23, 2017 1:00-3:00pm.
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 andMaster George Xu . In China, Ed 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!
*ED IS TAKING SOME TIME OFF TO RECOVER FROM INJURY AND WILL RETURN AS SOON AS HE IS ABLE.