Weekly Training with the Chi Kung Academy

Would you like to take your Chi Kung practice to the next level?

Become a member of the Chi Kung Academy to access

Weekly online classes, live via Zoom

A supportive community of like‑minded people

Exclusive training to deepen your practice.

Keep reading to learn more about how membership can benefit you on your journey towards a healthier and more balanced life.

Unlock Your Full Potential

Once you have been introduced to the basics of Chi Kung, there are three keys to further your understanding and your practice of this art:

  • Continue to learn from an accomplished teacher
  • Practice regularly, ideally daily
  • Maintain your motivation and practice with a smile in your heart
Chi Kung Workshop with Master Lam in Petersaurach

When you join the Chi Kung Academy, you experience the benefits of weekly classes taught by Sifu Thomas, who founded the Academy 27 years ago, and other qualified instructors.

You train with a group of like-minded students, which helps you to stay motivated and keeps you on track.

And the fixed, weekly class schedule makes it easy for you to establish a routine and develop a consistent practice that leads to lasting results.

By becoming a member of the Academy, you will stay focused and motivated, and your Chi Kung practice will be more enjoyable and fulfilling.

Membership Details

Recommended Experience

The weekly classes of the Academy include advanced, sometimes rarely taught Chi Kung practices from the Tradition of the Masters.

Therefore, new members should already know the basics of Chi Kung, especially its foundation, Zhan Zhuang, Standing Like a Tree.

You may wish to gain some practical Chi Kung experience before joining the Academy.

This can be accomplished in a number of ways, including self-study of Master Lam’s book The Way of Energy, attending the annual Foundation Course taught by Sifu Thomas, or being introduced to Zhan Zhuang as part of another Chi Kung or Tai Chi system.

Holidays

Classes take place as usual on public holidays.

The Academy closes for two weeks at the end of the year and during the summer.

The Chi Kung Academy

Founded in 1997 by Sifu Thomas, and supported by Master Lam, the Academy offers Chi Kung training to newcomers and advanced practitioners.

With active students from numerous countries and five continents, the Academy is one of the largest international Chi Kung communities in the world.

The mission of the Chi Kung Academy is to:

  • Carry on the living Chi Kung Tradition of the Masters
  • Offer foundational courses for new students
  • Provide advanced training for committed students at affordable rates

Click here for more details on the Academy

Your 100 % Guarantee

You get a 7-day free trial at no costs whatsoever.

You may cancel your membership at any time during or after the trial period without notice.

Technical Requirements and Privacy

We’re using Zoom Meetings for our online classes. Zoom meetings 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.

After signing-up, you will receive the Zoom dial-in data which you need to participate in the weekly classes.

Language and Start Time

Weekly classes are held in English with translation into German, and begin at 6:30 pm Central European Time (CET) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you’re outside of the CET time zone, please click the link below and enter the current day to obtain the start time at your location.

Click here for the time zone converter

Participation At Your Own Risk

Chi Kung exercises can be demanding and strenuous, depending on your physical condition.

By participating, you acknowledge that you do so at your own risk.

Your health and well-being are our top priority. So please, if you have pre-existing medical conditions or injuries, or if you have any doubts or concerns, seek medical advice before participating in our classes.

Please click the link below to read the Chi Kung Health Advisory for more details.

Click here for the Chi Kung Health Advisory

Student Voices

Andrea practicing Chi Kung in Petersaurach

Through the training, I increased both my physical and mental fitness and balance.

It helps me to overcome crises, to stay calm and positive.

The weekly lessons in the group are a great addition to my daily life.

Andrea Strauss, Social Education Worker, Family and Couple Therapist, Petersaurach, Germany

Sheng-Han practicing Chi Kung in the hills near Manila

This powerful system is like a tiger.

Sneaking upon the practitioner, it looks so calm and steady.

Yet so much power is given and returned.

Sheng-Han Yang, Chi Kung teacher, Manila, The Philippines

Ann Mc Fadden

This training process continues to deepen my understanding and my practice.

What might look simple on the outside is really quite profound when experienced.

Ann McFadden , Senior Construction Project Manager, Winona, MN, USA

What’s Unique About Us?

Decades of Unparalleled Expertise
Benefit from over 27 years teaching experience of Sifu Thomas, providing you with unmatched insights and mastery in the practice of Chi Kung.

Accessible Instructions
Experience a grounded and comprehensive teaching style that demystifies Chi Kung, making it accessible to practitioners of all levels.

Cultivating Positivity
Embrace a warm and joyful learning atmosphere, where our friendly approach fosters a positive and supportive environment for personal growth.

Real-Time Learning From The Comfort Of Your Home
Engage in live online sessions led by Sifu Thomas. No pre-recorded videos – only real-time, interactive classes ensuring a dynamic and tailored learning experience.

Thriving Community Connection
Join one of the most expansive Chi Kung communities, connecting with like-minded individuals from all walks of life who share a passion for well-being and self-discovery.

Choose the plan that’s right for you

Basic

€25.00 / month

7 Days Free Trial

One hour class per week
via Zoom
Tuesdays at 18:30 CET

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Standard

€30.00 / month

7 Days Free Trial

One hour class per week
via Zoom
Tuesdays at 18:30 CET

One hour class per week
via Zoom
Thursdays at 18:30 CET

All courses by Sifu Thomas (via Zoom)

Worth €290.00 or more per year

20% discount for Academy workshops with Master Lam

Worth €29.00 per workshop

20% discount for Academy workshops with Sifu Thomas

Worth €29.00 per workshop

Summer Party

Worth €36.00

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Premium

€36.00 € / month

7 Days Free Trial

One hour class per week
via Zoom
Tuesdays at 18:30 CET

One hour class per week
via Zoom
Thursdays at 18:30 CET

All courses by Sifu Thomas (via Zoom)

Worth €290.00 or more per year

20% discount for Academy workshops with Master Lam

Worth €29.00 per workshop

20% discount for Academy workshops with Sifu Thomas

Worth €29.00 per workshop

Summer Party

Worth €36.00

One hour coaching with Sifu Thomas per quarter

Worth €108.00 per quarter

Special rate for coaching with Sifu Thomas: €45.00 per hour, instead of €108.00

Worth €63.00 per hour

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No risk. No reason to wait.

You can cancel your membership at any time without prior notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change my membership plan once I’ve signed up?

Sure, you can upgrade or downgrade your membership level at any time.

On ThriveCart, the platform used to manage your membership, you can do this yourself – or you can ask Sifu Thomas to do it for you.

Is there a syllabus or agenda for the weekly classes?

Unlike the Academy courses, which have clearly defined topics, the weekly classes follow the flow and inspiration of the teacher and the interests and abilities of the students.

Here are some recent examples:

At the end of 2022, we explored the very profound concept of Hun Yuan and its application in Zhan Zhuang.

During the summer of 2022, the Academy training focused on breathing, especially the Chi Kung exercises for regular and reverse breathing, and their relationship with ShivLi, Power Testing.

In the beginning of 2023, a series of classes covered healing with advanced Chi Kung practices.

In autumn, the focus was on using Golden Ball training to strengthen the spine, preventing and curing back issues.

I‘m a complete beginner and want to learn Chi Kung. How do I start?

The best way to begin your Chi Kung journey is to read Master Lam’s classic “The Way of Energy – Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise”.

This is the very first book on Chi Kung published in the West, and the definitive book on the art. It is beautifully illustrated and provides excellent and comprehensive instructions for self-study of Chi Kung in the Tradition of the Masters.

A great additional resource for self-study is Master Lam’s Stand Still be Fit video series. You can access the videos by clicking the link below.

Click here for the Youtube videos

You may also want to attend the annual Foundations course taught by Sifu Thomas. The nine classes of this course will give you a great foundation on which to build your practice.

Click here for the Foundations Course

After completing this course, you’ll definitely be ready for advanced training in the Academy.

How do online courses fit into the weekly class schedule?

Online courses are included with the Standard and Premium memberships at no additional cost.

During the course weeks, these replace the weekly lessons on Thursdays.

Can I join the Academy after reading the Way of Energy?

Many students begin their Chi Kung journey by studying Master Lam’s The Way of Energy on their own first. It’s a very popular way to start.

The classic Chi Kung Foundations Course, which has been taught and refined by Sifu Thomas continuously since 1997, could be the perfect next step for you.

However, if you don’t want to wait for the next class in October, you can sign up now and take advantage of the 7-day trial to see if you’re ready for the advanced weekly training.

If you find that you enjoy the weekly Academy classes and have chosen the Standard or Premium plan, you will eventually take the Chi Kung Foundations course – it is included in your membership, as well as all other online courses.

What kind of training can I expect in the weekly classes?

There is a wide range of Chi Kung exercises that you can learn as a member of the Academy.

Here are some examples:

  • Six Zhan Zhuang, Standing Like a Tree, Yin postures: 5 Elements + Wu Chi
  • 10 Precious Warm-Up exercises as taught by Master Lam
  • Ba Duan Jin, classical stretching movements, aligned with Zhan Zhuang
  • Yang positions, special Zhan Zhuang postures
  • Shi Li, Power Testing
  • Healing with advanced Chi Kung practices
  • Tsou Pu, Training the legs
  • Opening the Energy Gates
  • Golden Ball, essential for Tai Chi
  • Finger Positions
  • Second Heart, key for developing your power and balance
  • Whole Body Breathing and Reverse Breathing
  • Hun Yuan – The Circle of Power
  • Advanced Zhan Zhuang, such as Tiger and Dragon
  • Yi Jin Jing for Health
  • The 5 Signs of Professor Yu
  • Tai Chi in the Tradition of Master Lam: The Small Circle and the Middle Form

I have a medical condition. Can I practice Chi Kung?

While Chi Kung is generally considered safe for most people, we strongly recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional before beginning any new exercise program, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries.

Click here for the Chi Kung health advisory

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