Chi Kung foundational course - Chi Kung in the tradition of the Masters

Go to content
Chi Kung course via Zoom
Chi Kung Foundational Course via Zoom with Sifu Thomas Apfel

9 weeks from 20. October 2022, Thursdays at 18:30 (6:30 p.m.) CET

Learning Chi Kung from the comfort of your home.

Studying with Sifu Thomas Apfel, a teacher in the tradition of the Masters for 25 years.

Getting direct feed-back and answers to your questions.

Taking your internal energy and power to new heights.

Welcome to your Chi Kung course via Zoom !
After a few weeks in the foundational course, I was totally surprised how much benefit I get from Chi Kung.

Now I don't want to miss it anymore. I've found the missing jigsaw piece in my life."
Stephanie Burkart, musician and health practitioner
Bonus #1: Lesson with Master Lam
For several decades, Master Lam has been helping me to learn and teach the art of Chi Kung. For this I'm very grateful to him.

In December, he will teach one hour of this foundational course, which I'm offering since 1997.

Master Lam has dedicated his life to strengthening and healing human energies. He is the successful author of many books and the TV series "Stand Still - Be Fit!".
Through his bestseller and classic "The Way of Energy" the art of Chi Kung became known in the West.
Master Lam succeeds time and again in ensuring that all participants discover something new and valuable - no matter how long they have been practicing Chi Kung."
Michael de Campos, HR manager, Munich, Germany
Bonus #2: Metal Shi-Li to strengthen the lungs​
Earlier this year, in the "Movements of Power" course, I taught an advanced Chi Kung exercise to strengthen the lungs: Metal Shi-Li. The feedback was very positive.

In one case, I was told that this exercise was instrumental in fully restoring lung function. The performance of the lungs had been impaired since a Covid-19 disease last year.

As the pandemic is far from over, even heading for a new high point in some countries, this particularly effective exercise is of special importance to all of us.

Therefore, I'll teach Metal Shi-Li also in the foundational course.​
​More than a year ago, I've published the article "Chi Kung in times of Corona" about the benefits of Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung.
Sifu Thomas is a wonderful teacher, clear and radiant.

The art he’s teaching is profound!”
Richard Levine, writer, director, actor and producer, Los Angeles, California
Bonus #3: Extra lesson with Claudia​
The upcoming course provides a solid foundation of Chi Kung in the Tradition of the Masters in eight lessons.

As an anticipated Christmas bonus, Claudia, a long-time student, will teach an additional ninth hour.

Claudia has already represented me several times, and the feedback has been excellent each time.
On the the first page of this website in the section "Videos - What our students are saying" you'll find a short video in which Claudia talks about her experience with Chi Kung.
Sifu Thomas Apfel
Chi Kung training via Zoom
When the Corona crisis began in March 2020, we looked for ways to maintain the Chi Kung training of our local students. In mid-April, we've met via Zoom for the first time.

It turned out that this way of training is working very well - particularly for the Chi Kung practices of Zhan Zhuang and Ba Duan Jin.

Most people find it easier to train together in a group of like-minded people, rather than practicing alone. And it's also more fun.

Based on these good experiences, I'd like to invite you to my foundational Chi Kung course via Zoom.

In the 8 hours of this course, you will learn basic positions of Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung and the first 4 exercises of Ba Duan Jin.
Standing Like a Tree (Zhan Zhuang) helps me to stay centered, even in stressful situations."
Tim Kahlhammer, actor from Rorschach, Switzerland
Zhan Zhuang: Standing like a tree

"Standing like a tree" is the oldest and most effective form of Chi Kung.

Especially in times like these, we can count ourselves lucky to know this effective method that sustainably strengthens our immune system.
Ba Duan Jin: The Eight Noble Exercises

These exercises also have a long tradition and are very popular.

They stretch and expand the body and are a blessing, especially for people with a sedentary lifestyle, e.g. working from home.
Through the training, I increased both my physical and mental fitness and balance.

It helps me to overcome crises, to stay calm and positive."
Andrea Strauss, social education worker, family and couple therapist
Course content

The focus of the 8-week foundational course is hands-on training practice.

We will also cover some basic aspects of Chi Kung theory, which is rooted in classical Chinese medicine. And to give you an authentic insight into our tradition, you'll get to see historical film footage, which has never been shown before.

The highlights of what you'll learn are:

The 6 Zhan Zhuang Yin-positions: Wu Chi + 5 elements.

The first 4 Ba Duan Jin exercises in their basic form.

The most common mistake, and how to avoid it.

The 3 most important points for self-correction.

The energetic architecture of the body: the 3 Tan Tiens + 3 essential energy points.

As an accompanying book, I recommend the classic by Master Lam "The Way of Energy".

To complement the curriculum, a one-on-one coaching session with me (Sifu Thomas Apfel) is included in the course.

Please note that the exercises, especially Zhan Zhuang, can be physically demanding and strenuous. Participation in the course is at the participants own responsibility.

The course is held in English with translation into German. Each lesson will take about 60 minutes.

We'll meet every Thursday at 18:30 (6:30 p.m.) Central European Time (CET). If you're living in another time zone, please check the local beginning time of the Zoom meetings following this link.
Sifu Thomas has provided me a wealth of rewarding aspects and new ideas for my practice.

In Zhan Zhuang I realize the essence of martial arts: inner strength, serenity, calmness and grounding.”
Christian Bellina, director and founder of the international Shudokan research society, Klagenfurt, Austria
Upon completion

After completing the course, you'll know how to practice on your own, with a diversified program at your disposal.

If you like to further expand your knowledge and skills, you may also join my Chi Kung Academy. As a member, you can take part in my weekly Zoom training sessions and in all my Chi Kung courses via Zoom at no extra costs.

In addition, you'll meet the requirements for further training and qualify for reduced membership prices for our workshops. For example, you'll get a discount of 50 EUR for the yearly weekend-workshop with Master Lam.
Foundational course survey results
Course evaluation
Student feedback on "Which words best describe your experience of the Chi Kung course?"
Registration and technical details
Course fee and registration

The price for the 9-week course including the coaching meeting with Sifu Thomas Apfel is 135,00 EUR.

We anticipate high demand and therefore kindly ask for an early registration. Please use the button below.

Subsequently, you'll get a confirmation message, and you can download the Zoom dial-in data and additional information.

Your 100 % Guarantee

If you cancel before the start of the second lesson on 27. October, payments already made will be reimbursed in full and without delay - no questions asked.
Technical requirements

For this course, we'll use Zoom meetings. These are private video conferences where all participants can see and hear each other.

Therefore, in order to safeguard personal rights, it is not allowed to record video conferences in any form (audio, video).

To participate in the course via Zoom, it is recommended to install the Zoom software on a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer beforehand. Registration with Zoom is not necessary.

Furthermore, access to a reliable internet connection should be guaranteed.
Yes, I'd like to participate in the Chi Kung course via Zoom.
The registration and payment process is carried out by Payhip Ltd. After completion, youll get a confirmation message, and  you can download the dial-in data for Zoom and other information.

Alternatively, you may also send an email to

In addition to the dial-in data for Zoom, you'll receive the Chi Kung newsletter, which you can unsubscribe at any time.
Not quite ready to sign-up, but want to keep an eye on upcoming Chi Kung news ?

You'll receive the Chi Kung newsletter about once a month. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Back to content