Thomas Felder began his journey in the art of karate at the age of ten, as a result of frequent attacks by school bullies in Queens, NY. During his senior year of high school he began training in Wing Chun Kung Fu and later Tae Kwon Do. In 1981, Felder enlisted in the United States Army. After arriving at his permanent duty station he enrolled in the Chinese Goju school of martial arts directed by Sensei David L. Wynn. Felder later earned his Black Belt in Chinese Goju and relocated to Germany in 1983, where he resided over eight years. During this tenure he opened and directed Chinese Goju schools in the cities of Germersheim, Worms and Dexhiem.