Robert Richardson

Robert Richardson PhD has over 20 years of experience with martial arts and has been a dedicated student of Josef Haber since 2009. His perspective is that martial arts are models for interaction—a study of relationships. Rather than focusing on techniques for fighting or self-defense, Robert helps students explore KungFu as a living and individually adaptable art for navigating the world. His teaching practice draws from other martial arts as well as his biology background. He also teaches introductory biology classes at Portland Community College.


Beginning Ba Gua Zhang:  Ba Gua Zhang (Pa Kua Chang) is one of the traditional internal martial arts of China.  It’s dynamic coiling, yoga-like stretches, and sudden expressions of power make it hypnotic to watch and to practice.  This beginner’s class is designed to introduce the core principles, practices, applications, and forms of this elaborate and esoteric style of kung fu as given to us by our teachers in Beijing.  Activities will be taught with an emphasis on proper body structure and gradual strengthening of the body as to avoid injury and allow long term practice.  All contact will be done in a safe and consenting manner.  - Starting June 3rd!

Xing Yi Quan: (Hsing I Chuan) is one of the tradiitonal internal martial arts of China. It shares many principles and benefits with Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) and is an excellent introduction to "internal"-style movement, expressing power, and full body health.  This class introduces the "Five Elements" of Xing Yi Quan, a series of five easy to learn basic movements that provide the foundation of this style.  Each class will include basic warm ups and forms practice as well as partner work and applications.  All contact will be done in a safe and consenting manner.  This class is co-taught by Rob and Aaron.