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, and especially 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.

However, several methods I tried were not effective.

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

Finally, in 1993, under adventurous circumstances, including a motorcycle accident in the hills of Silicon Valley, I met Master Lam, who had just published his first book, The Way of Energy.

Right away, I was convinced of the power and results of his exceptionally effective Chi Kung.

It didn’t take long for regular Chi Kung practice to become an essential part of my life.

Since then, I had been able to meet the ever-increasing professional demands of my career in the IT industry in the best of health and with inner strength and serenity.

From then on, I’ve experienced the benefits of Chi Kung on a daily basis.

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

I 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 (California), London, Nuremberg and Munich – at several companies such as Unisys, Tandem, Siemens and IBM.

Since 1993: Student of Master Lam Kam Chuen

Since 1996: Numerous trips to China, including practice sessions with Professor Yu Yong Nian, Madame Wang Yuk Fong, daughter and spiritual heir of Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai, 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 Taijiquan & Qigong Journal

2005: Publication “Learning in the Tradition of the Chinese Masters” in the book “Inner Martial Arts” of the 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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