About Us

Black Lion Martial Arts is a Kung Fu and Tai Chi Training School specialising in the teaching of Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and the Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan. The school is located on the south side of Brisbane, Queensland, just 15-20 minutes from the city.

At Black Lion, we aim to provide an environment and coaching that challenges people, not just to better themselves in the martial arts, but overall as a person and as a member of their families and communities. Our values focus not just on the health benefits and self-defense aspects of martial arts, but also on the holistic growth of the student, both internal and external.

To that end we provide one on one training to all members of the school, as well as making the school available to all member students for unlimited group classes to which their current level allows and/or for simple general workouts, without a per-class charge. We believe this provides students with the support and opportunity to truly grow both within their martial arts training and within themselves.

To hear about the experiences of our members, read some of our testimonials.

Sifu Nicklas

Sifu Gabe Nicklas has been studying and teaching Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan within the Plum Blossom Federation and White Dragon Schools for over 20 years.


Plum Blossom International Federation
White Dragon Martial Arts

Kung Fu

Have you ever thought about trying martial arts?

Are you in the Brisbane, Queensland area?

At Black Lion Martial Arts, our motto is “Challenge yourself…for life!”. Whether you choose to join a school or not, we encourage everyone to challenge yourself every day, in ways both big and small, to reach higher, search further, and never settle for less.

Kung Fu and Tai Chi training provides a fun and exciting way to improve your health, gain confidence, and learn self defence. Many people have an interest in martial arts but worry about being beat up the first day of training or being embarrassed in front of others. At Black Lion, we eliminate these worries by providing a safe and inclusive environment and we do our best to ensure all of our students share this goal.

Come and try our one-on-one, private introductory course (2 lessons for $20 total). This gives you a chance to see what the school is all about and try out our unique training style. It also gives us the ability to gauge your current level so we can set up the most suitable training program if/when you decide to move forward as a member of the school.

Just call 0432 295 446 to make an appointment with our Chief Instructor, Sifu Gabe Nicklas, today.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is often mistakenly thought of, in the western world, as a slow motion, “waving arms”, sort of calisthenics for elderly people who “can’t” work out in any other way. While Tai Chi has tremendous benefits for overall stress relief, body rejuvenation, and mental acuity, the true art of Tai Chi is nothing like those more basic stereotypes.

The origins of Tai Chi date back many centuries and focused on the perfecting of self defense techniques through slow motion practice and utilising leverage and common physics to allow a smaller person to defend themselves against a much larger opponent. When practiced properly, Tai Chi, besides having incredible health benefits, is a very powerful and formidable martial art. Tai Chi also inspires one to focus internally to harness the energy that is within us all and channel that out through one’s body.

Tai Chi Chuan, in particular, provides incredible benefits to students of all ages. At Black Lion, we tailor every training program to the individual, so no matter your level of fitness, you can be sure to find your training suitable but challenging.

Note that, unlike most other martial arts schools, a membership at Black Lion entitles a student to unlimited group classes as well as a one on one private lesson every week with their own instructor.

For more information about Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, please use the following links:

Plum Blossom International Federation – Tai Chi
White Dragon Martial Arts – Tai Chi

…or give us a call on 0432 295 446. Alternatively, you can send an email to info@blacklion.com.au


Timur Tihonov

Black Lion Martial Arts is an outstanding training facility, where students have the opportunity to learn traditional Choy Li Fut Kung Fu. The instructors are approachable, knowledgeable and professional. The learning system at Black Lion is unlike any other, every student gets one private lesson a week, allowing students to work on the smallest details, to execute techniques with perfect form. The training facility itself is well maintained and is equipped with everything needed to provide an exceptional training experience. Members of Black Lion Martial Arts are friendly and welcoming, so you feel that you’re part of the Black Lion community. I certainly recommend this martial art school.

Kae Ramiro

Wonderful martial arts school for all ages! Great staff headed by Sifu Nicklas.

Jenni Kettle

My 13yo son & 11yo daughter started their journey with Black Lion Martial Arts about 3 months ago. I came across Black Lion Martial Arts school by accident one morning whilst coming out of the gym. When my children finished their complimentary first lesson they were both so enthusiastic about the whole place, my son straight away said that they should attend 3 times a week to keep the momentum going. I was thrilled to hear him say this because to me, children are so pure that they have a good perception about places and about people. The private lessons that comes with the membership is a great bonus, my kids learn so much from one lesson to the next. They both love coming to Martial Arts. Some weeks they want to attend 4 times, that’s a good sign that they are still enjoying & loving what they do. You guys are doing such an amazing job. So great to see children develop a positive energy, enthusiastic smiles & extra confidence. Thank you so much.