Art of Defence Australia

Shihan David Zarb

Our Master David is a true master. Martial arts is not only his passion, but a lifestyle & journey in itself. He empowers others with his extensive knowledge and skills. David has dedicated his life to the advancement of Goju Ryu Karate and Cheng Ming International Kung Fu. The Martial Arts journey is long, interesting , challenging & expansive.

Studying Karate since 1969 (15 yrs of age)

Studying Tai Chi since 1979 (25 yrs of age)


  • Certified Covid Safe Martial Arts Instructor
  • Completion Year 12 Strathmore High School
  • Godan 5th Dan Black belt (master) Goju Ryu Karate
  • Tai Chi Chuan Coach CHeng Ming International
  • Hsing I Coach & Ba Gau Coach
  • MAIA Accredited coach
  • Level 2 first aid
  • International Referee NAS
  • Karate Victoria Senior State kata coach
  • Cert IV Workplace assessment and training
  • Diploma sports coaching & development
  • Director of Art of Defence Australia
  • Chairman Cheng Ming Australia<
  • WWWC & current police check

 Martial Arts Travel experiences:

  • Numerous interstate trips inc Sydney, Brisbane
  • Japan 5 times
  • New Zealand 10 times
  • Taiwan 39 times
  • Italy
  • Israel

Laoshir David is also one of five International Directors of Chinese Martial Arts, Cheng Ming International Kung Fu.  Master Wang  Fu Lai and Master Huang Su Chun bestowed this honour on Master David in 2016.  Along with Master Eric Hung from U.S.A., Master Amiki from Israel, Master Paolo Magagnato from Italy and Master Hiroko Jibiki fromJapan, the propagation of this great system internationally is  in very good hands.  Dedication, commitment to perfection, and the dissemination of the Cheng Ming system with absolute  protocols in place, reflects their role.  We are very proud and fortunate


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