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

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Chi Kung course via Zoom
Chi Kung Foundational Course via Zoom with Sifu Thomas Apfel

9 weeks from 9. February 2023, Thursdays at 18:30 (6:30 p.m.) CET
Learn from the comfort of your home.

From Sifu Thomas, a teacher in the tradition of the Masters for 25 years.

Get direct feed-back and answers to your questions.

Take 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 be without it anymore.

I've found the missing 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" he introduced the art of Chi Kung to 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: Coaching Session with Sifu Thomas
In addition to the lessons and practicing together with the group, the foundational course includes an individual coaching session.

This one-on-one Zoom Meeting is a great opportunity to deepen your practice and to discuss any Chi Kung topics for which you need clarification.
 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: Metal Shi-Li to strengthen your lungs​
Last year, in the "Movements of Power" course, I taught an advanced Chi Kung exercise to strengthening 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.

As the pandemic is not over yet, this particularly effective exercise is of special importance for all of us.

Therefore, I'll teach Metal Shi-Li also in the foundational course.​
 Now, I don't have these health issues anymore, and wake up each morning being able to breathe freely."
Richard Levine, writer, director, actor Erik Olson Fernandez, Union Representative for Teachers, Sonoma County, California, USA
Bonus #4: 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 advance Christmas bonus, Claudia, a long-time student, will teach an additional ninth hour.

Claudia has already represented me on several occasions, 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.
Chi Kung training via Zoom
Sifu Thomas Apfel
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" has been practiced with great success over many centuries.

The carefully balanced positions stimulate the flow of chi energy, boost our self-healing powers, and build inner strength and stamina.

Based on our good experience with teaching Chi Kung via Zoom, I invite you to experience this effective form of Chi Kung for yourself.

Ba Duan Jin: The Eight Noble Exercises
In the foundational course, you'll learn the first four of the Eight Brocade Exercises (Ba Duan Jin).

Similar to Zhan Zhuang (Standing like a Tree), also the Ba Duan Jin tradition goes back several centuries, and is very popular.

These exercises stretch and tone the body, and are very beneficial, especially for people with a sedentary lifestyle.
 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
Hands-on training practice is the focus of this 9-week foundational course.

Some fundamental aspects of Chi Kung theory, rooted in classical Chinese medicine, will also be covered.

And you'll watch some never before shown historical film footage that will give you a deep insight into our living tradition.

The highlights of the course are:

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

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

The most common mistakes, and how to avoid them.

The 3 most important points for self-correction.

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

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

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 have a core program to practice on your own. With this, you fulfill the requirements for more advanced training.

If you want to further develop your knowledge and skills, you can join the Chi Kung Academy.

As a member, you can participate twice a week without additional costs in the lessons from Sifu Thomas.

In these classes, you'll learn, among other exercises, the Yang positions of Zhan Zhuang, Shi-Li (Power Testing), Golden Ball Tai Chi, as well as advanced Ba Duan Jin exercises.

In addition, you'll get discounts for workshops organized by us, and you can participate in all online courses of Sifu Thomas for free.
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Registration and technical details
Technical requirements

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

Therefore, in order to respect privacy rights, recording of the video conferences in any form (audio, video) is not allowed.

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

Access to a reliable internet connection should be available.
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.

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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.
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