I met Joey Haber when I came to Portland after more than 30 years of learning and teaching martial arts. I was struck by his skill integrity and passion for the arts—enough of each to impress an old hand who’s seen it all and done half of it. When I observed how well he taught novices and children, I brought my family into his programs. Joey is one of the finest instructors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.
You gotta respect a teacher, Joseph Haber, that takes time each year to return to China and train within the direct lineage of both the Cheng and Liang family styles. Not only does this keep the training on point, but it keeps it fresh and new as he is continually enhancing his own skill level and education.
I have gained strength and flexibility and most of all my movement has become more natural and fluid. I really appreciate how Joey is able to break big or complex movements down into smaller steps that are attainable. Before you know it, you will comfortably be doing no-handed cartwheels and handstand spins!
These styles engage the senses in a more introspective and meditative way that specializes in identifying and manipulating our very energy. These styles are: Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing I Chuan, Bagua Zhang. I have always sought out the best teachers available to me and have immersed myself in the pursuit of the "correct" practice paradigm. I have learned that for myself, because of the complexity and nuances of each art, it is prudent to study each art separately.
BaGua does for my body awareness in relation to other bodies. But even that doesn't really describe what a transformative force BaGua can be—physically, mentally, and emotionally. With daily practice, it starts to inform the way you respond to challenges, the way you interact with others, and the way you see the world and your place in it.