At Sol Phoenix Martial Arts we appreciate, recognize and respect all Martial Art styles. From the ancient to the modern, the purely artistic to the practical and whilst we acknowledge that there is an environment that caters for all Combative Arts, our focus is primarily on self defence and real life situations. Sol Phoenix is for the modern person who seeks a greater understanding and expression of self, a healthy body, a clearer mind, and nourishment for the spirit.

Each class is unique focusing on the dynamics of a class as a collective. Every session brings new techniques, philosophies and understanding of the system. Classes are designed for ages 7 and over with private lessons available.

Giuseppe and Tikky Zappia are the head instructors at Sol Phoenix Martial arts and have over 30 years experience between them in training all ages and skill levels in many of the popular martial arts styles.


We promote the practices of both the hard and the soft, external and internal, styles and forms including:

  • Tai Chi
  • Qigong
  • Kung Fu
  • Thai Boxing
  • Weaponry
  • Cardio
  • Conditioning
  • Yoga

We strive to unite the Yin and the Yang within ourselves, so as to achieve the totality of harmony, beauty, and balance. This is done through the pursuit of discipline, philosophy, art, yoga, study and martial combat.

Further, we seek to make open the path way between Soul, Mind, and Fist. In the past fighting styles were coupled with peaceful religious practices and spiritual beliefs. Sol Phoenix incorporates certain philosophies both ancient and modern along with spiritual teachings into its curriculum. We hold true to the original spirit of Martial Arts offering a unique grading system based upon the progress of the individual and the rhythms of nature.


A brief rundown of the Sol Phoenix Martial Arts System is as follows with a full cirriculum being given to members of the Academy:

GREEN SASH: Earth - Foundation. This is the first Grade in our System. In the Green Sash Course the Student will learn all the fundamentals involved in the totality of the System. The following forms will be learnt:

  • First Form of Qigong
  • Sil Lum Tao – Wing Chun Form
  • First Form of Hung Gar

GREY SASH: Air - Philosophy.  Along with the training the body, we train our mind. At this Grade, students will begin to the Wooden Dummy Form and 24 Yang Style Form of Tai Chi and the following martial art and philosophical classics:

  • The Tao of Jeet Kune Do – Bruce Lee
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • The Book of Five Rings – Miamoto Musashi
  • The Hagakure - Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • The Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu (Aleister Crowley version)
  • 72 Arts of Shaolin – Jin Jing Zhong
  • Greco-Roman Wrestling – William A. Martell
  • Tid Sin Kuen (Iron Thread) – Lam Sai Wing
  • Fu Hok Seung Ying Kuen (The double form of the Tiger and the Crane) – Lam Sai Wing

BLUE SASH: Water - Internal Martial Arts & Yoga. At the Blue Level the Student is introduced to certain meditation techniques, coupled with basic pranayama and asana. Commencement of more specialised forms of body conditioning, such as taught throughout various schools of Shaolin, these include:

  • Liu Xing Zhuang/The Pole of a Falling Star
  • Tie Bi Gong/Skill of the Iron Arm
  • Tiao Yao Fa/Technique of Jumps

RED SASH: Fire - Combat & Weaponry. At the Red level the Student will begin to synthesize the totality of the knowledge, both theoretical and practical, that he has acquired throughout his career with the Academy. Further they will make a comprehensive study of two texts:

  • Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na – Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
  • The Root of Chinese Qigong - Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

RED/BLACK SASH: Honorary - Fighter's Grade. Any Student who has successfully fought in a recognised Martial Arts Competition, representing the Academy, is entitled to wear the Red/Black Sash.  The principal business of the Red/Black Sash Student is actual Martial Combat, of which they are required to make an in depth study.

BLACK SASH: Spirit - Assistant Instructor. bestowed upon the Student any time the Master deems it fitting. At this stage it is assumed that the Student has acquired all the necessary skills, both theoretical and practical, that will enable them to competently take a  Student all the way through the System, from Green Sash to Black Sash. At this level the Student/Instructor works closely with the Master at developing fresh ideas regarding the System overall.

BLACK/WHITE & BLACK/BLUE SASH: YIN & YANG - Master. This is reserved for the founders of Sol Phoenix Martial Arts and recognised Senior Instructors.


Contact: 0404 795 592

Tara Hall @ Buddha House
496 Magill Road MAGILL, SA 5072

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm - 8:00pm

$15 per class.
No lock-in contracts.
Private training by appointment.
One-off membership fee payable after your third lesson.