Sifu Thomas

If it doesn’t challenge you,
it doesn’t change you!

Sifu Thomas

Roots of Serenity

A Journey from Silicon Valley to the Heart of Chi Kung

Sifu Thomas Apfel
Sifu Thomas

Since my youth, I’ve been fascinated by Eastern, in particular Chinese, wisdom and philosophy.

Later in my career in the IT industry, the need to balance the high stress levels of my daily life became more and more apparent.

Several methods I tried were not effective though.

They provided neither the much needed deep relaxation, nor the fresh energy, which I was looking for.

Finally in 1993, under adventurous circumstances – among others, a motorcycle accident in the hills of the Silicon Valley – I got to know Master Lam who had just published his first book The Way of Energy.

Momentarily, I was convinced by the power and results of his extraordinary Chi Kung.

It didn’t take long, and regular Chi Kung training became an essential part of my life.

From that time on, I have mastered the steadily increasing professional requirements of my career in the IT industry in the best of health and with inner strength and serenity.

Since then, I’m experiencing the benefits of Chi Kung every day.

It is always a great pleasure for me to teach this art to my students.

I wholeheartedly invite you to discover the positive effects of Chi Kung for yourself !


1982: Diploma of Medical informatics, University of Heidelberg, Germany

1982 – 2018: Various international leadership positions in the IT industry – among others in Frankfurt, Cupertino (CA), London, Nuremberg and Munich – at several companies such as Unisys, Tandem, Siemens and IBM.

Since 1993: Student of Master Lam Kam Chuen

Since 1996: Innumerable journeys to China, including meetings with Professor Yu Yong Nian and other Chi Kung Masters

1997: Foundation of the Chi Kung Academy, the first Zhan Zhuang school in Germany

Since 1997: Student of Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Great Abbot of the DriKung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism

2004: Admission to the Inner Circle of Master Lam Kam Chuen

2004: Publication of „Zhan Zhuang – Standing Like a Tree“ in the book „Overview of Qigong“ of the German Taijiquan & Qigong Journal

2005: Publication „Learning in the Tradition of the Chinese Masters“ in the book „Inner Martial Arts“ of the German Taijiquan & Qigong Journal

Buch - Qigong im Überblick
Buch - Innere Kampfkünste

Since 2018: Expansion of teaching activities in Germany, Spain and worldwide via Zoom

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