David Zarb

David Zarb

Coaching Category: Fitness

Specialization(s): Body Building, Functional Fitness


Shihan David Zarb is a revered martial artist, a master of Karate with a 6th Dan Black Belt, and an internationally recognized Tai Chi coach. Shihan David's lifelong and unwavering passion lies in helping his students achieve success not only in their training but also in their lives as a whole. Renowned for his expertise and revered for his dedication, Shihan David stands as a true master who believes that martial arts is not just a discipline but a way of life and an incredible journey in itself.

Possessing a unique gift for empowering others, Shihan David imparts his extensive knowledge and finely honed technical skills to his students, instilling in them the confidence and ability to excel in their martial arts practice. With a profound commitment to the advancement of Goju Ryu Karate and Cheng Ming International Kung Fu, he has dedicated his entire life to these disciplines, constantly striving for their development and propagation.

The martial arts journey is a remarkable one, characterized by its length, diversity, challenges, and endless possibilities for growth. Shihan David's dedication and commitment to perfection have earned him the distinguished honor of being one of the five International Directors of Chinese Martial Arts in Cheng Ming International Kung Fu. In 2016, Master Wang Fu Lai and Master Huang Su Chun bestowed this prestigious title upon Shihan David, recognizing his exceptional contributions to the system. Alongside esteemed martial artists such as Master Eric Hung from the United States, Master Nir Mahli from Israel, Master Paolo Magagnato from Italy, and Master Hiroko Jibiki from Japan, Shihan David plays a pivotal role in the international propagation of this remarkable martial arts system. Their unwavering dedication, commitment to perfection, and meticulous adherence to the protocols of the Cheng Ming system ensure its continued growth and impact worldwide. It is a source of great pride and fortune to be entrusted with such a significant responsibility.

Shihan David's martial arts journey commenced in 1969, at the age of 15, when he first embarked on the study of Karate. Over the years, he has honed his skills and deepened his understanding of this dynamic discipline. In 1979, at the age of 25, Shihan David's journey took another transformative turn as he delved into the practice of Tai Chi. This ancient Chinese martial art has become an integral part of his life, enriching his understanding of martial arts and providing him with a profound sense of harmony and balance.

Through his exceptional mastery of both Karate and Tai Chi, Shihan David Zarb continues to inspire and guide countless individuals on their own martial arts journeys. His unparalleled dedication, immense knowledge, and unwavering passion for his craft make him an extraordinary mentor and role model. Students under his tutelage are not only equipped with the technical skills necessary for martial arts excellence but also imbued with the values of discipline, perseverance, and personal growth that transcend the practice itself.

In the realm of martial arts, Shihan David Zarb stands as an exemplar of excellence, continuously pushing the boundaries of his own abilities while instilling the same drive and passion in his students. His profound impact on the martial arts community and his unwavering commitment to empowering others make him a true master and a beacon of inspiration in the world of martial arts.

Awards & Certifications

6th Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate | 2011-09-23

Tai Chi Chuan | 2015-09-09

Diploma in Sport Coaching (Martial Arts) | 2009-09-09

Work Experience

Art of Defence Australasia | Director

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Bacchaus Marsh, Victoria, AU

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