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QI MEN DUN JIA: Sun Tzu Warcraft

Understanding the art of war with Dato’ Joey Yap


The strategic use of the art of war together with metaphysics can help investors to evaluate favourable times and places when investing in property.

Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics founder Dato’ Joey Yap, who is also the Joey Yap Consulting Group chief consultant, recently held the Qi Men Sun Tzu: The Art of War live seminar at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to more than 3,000 people.

According to Yap, the absolute wisdom from Sun Tzu’s Art of War masterpiece, and its connection to the ancient art of Qi Men Dun Jia, was used by renowned military strategists, such as Zhuge Liang, to gain a competitive advantage over rivals.


“First of all, I’ll start with the point of view of what metaphysics is. Most people think that it is just another physics discipline. The problem is that most people approach it in a more personal level. They check their Feng Shui and astrology signs, but they don’t know why they do so. They think that this is something they can do to check their luck. I took the important bits and pieces from metaphysical studies and eradicated the non-essential superstitious stuff, and then applied it to the business world. What most people want to see is the result.”

“For example, in the property field, among the things they want to know are ‘Is this property aligned to their direction of growth?’ Most investors will understand that if the property is not in the direction of growth, then there is no future value or the growth is very small.”

“Qi Men Sun Tzu is actually the part where business strategy is used in metaphysics. So Qi Men Dun Jia is a study that incorporates Feng Shui forecasting. Forecasting is similar to economic forecasting, and business forecasting. The only difference is forecasting natural vibrational changes, and that affects people’s decisions. For example, market conditions are influenced by grief and fear.”

“So if you focus, you can actually understand how conditions change, and you could forecast outcomes. We can’t predict the future but we could forecast it, much like how the economists do that. Of course, in economics, everything is theoretical, nothing is real. So in metaphysics, it’s similar to economics. There are some studies, there are reasons as to why something good happens. Qi Men Sun Tzu is similar to economics but in a metaphysical point of view.”



In order to start understanding Qi Men Dun Jia, Yap said, “You can start by reading a book called Sun Tzu’s Art of War. I think most people have read this book if they study business. That’s where you start. Now if you read that book, it’s philosophical, it gives you a concept. I’ve also written a book on Sun Tzu, but I don’t just explain these business principles, I also explain the tools aspect. The tools come with the energy chart that maps the time dimension, so that you could see the vibrational energy that affects people’s decisions. So I put in the second layer. Actually I have a book on that, it’s called the Qi Men Dun Jia: The Art of War.”

Qi Men Dun Jia can be traced back over a few thousand years through history. It was a crucial tool for Chinese military strategists in ancient times. Yap had broken down the translation of Qi Men Dun Jia to provide insight into its meaning:

‘Qi ’ : Qi refers to an essence with an esoteric nature, with nuances of intrigue connected to the universal rules of cosmos. (It should be noted that this differs from the Chinese word for energy which is Qi )

‘Men ’ :  Taken literally, this means ‘door’ or ‘gate’.

‘Dun Ì’ :  This is translated as ‘hide’ or ‘escape to remain hidden’.

‘Jia ’ :  This final part of the puzzle alludes to the first of the Ten Heavenly Stems. ‘Jia’ is also a coded reference to the General or Grand Marshal related to warfare.

When combined, Qi Men Dun Jia may be interpreted as ‘Mysterious Doors Hiding Jia’, a term, which is not only cumbersome but also misleading. Today, the more common translation, which is easier to grasp, is ‘Mysterious Doors Escaping Technique’.


Yap wrote in his book, “By viewing the wisdom contained within Sun Tzu’s Art of War through the lens of Qi Men Dun Jia, you can become a formidable strategic player in your field.”

“The Chinese metaphysical art and science of Qi Men Dun Jia reveals the hidden secrets of the present and the future. Qi Men Dun Jia is used to calculate the configuration of Qi (cosmic energy) at a given point in time and space. A Qi Men Chart is one way of looking at the Qi map (cosmic energy map) of the Universe. This map describes the complex interactions between Qi (cosmic energy), an individual, their actions and the Universe. Qi Men Dun Jia is a multi-dimensional analysis tool and we can use it to gauge the impact of different operational directions, timing, actions and interactions. In other words, it is the ultimate strategic assessment tool because it allows you to forecast the outcome of an action (or a decision).”

He mentioned in his book, “Qi Men itself has four basic applications, all of which I’ve covered individually and extensively in my other books. First, it can be used to determine an environment’s Feng Shui characteristics. Second, for Strategic Execution (Time and Activity Selection). Third, to perform Destiny Analysis for an individual. Fourth, and most important, for forecasting the outcome of an event or activity. When you combine these four applications together and filter them through the teachings of Sun Tzu, you obtain the power of Qi Men Warcraft. Qi Men Dun Jia is the Art of Warcraft. Qi Men Charts can be used to support strategic decision-making and expedite victory against others. When you combine Qi Men Dun Jia with Sun Tzu’s philosophies then you will have an immeasurable advantage in all areas of competition.” 


There are 9 boxes, or sectors, in a Qi Men Chart. Each of these boxes is known as a Palace. They are named Xun (Southeast), Li (South), Kun (Southwest), Zhen (East), Centre, Dui (West), Gen (Northeast), Kan (North), and Qian (Northwest), each representing one of the compass directions. Yap stated, the contents of these 9 Palaces are like a snapshot of the Qi pattern for the time period that the Chart is plotted for. So, if you look at a chart that represents a different time or time period, the 9 Palaces will have a different makeup. Qi Men Charts are dynamic and relevant.

“Within each Palace lies information that we can interpret in terms of the 5 Factors. They are The Universe, Heaven, Earth, Man and Direction. These 5 Factors give depth and dimension to a Qi Men Chart. By considering each in turn and examining their interaction, it is possible to predict the results of any given activity. In other words, there are 5 variables or Factors that create events and happenings in life and help shape the outcome. All five are described in a Qi Men Chart.”

The 5 Factors are as follows:

  • The Universe describes forces above our understanding and beyond our control, such as divine intervention and cosmic influence. In Qi Men, these forces are represented by the 8 Deities.
  • Heaven represents the weather, and the environmental and economic conditions. In Qi Men, this variable is
    represented by the 9 Stars.
  • Earth denotes activity and action. In Qi Men, this variable is represented by the 8 Doors.
  • The Man factor represents the influence that humans have. In Qi Men, we analyse the 10 Stems to learn about the contribution of human perception and behaviour.
  • Palace – This refers to the 9 Directions or Sectors in the Qi Men Chart. Each Palace corresponds with one of
    9 possible Directions; see how they are arranged like the points on a compass.


“First of all, you need to know what you want. Use Qi Men and get it, that’s all. The question is how we use it. Plot the chart. That’s all we need. So I think the missing link is, you think it is difficult to get the chart, it’s easy. Because we have the software. You click the button and the chart comes up, follow the chart and get the result. That’s all. It cannot be easier than this. There’s no difficult concept about Qi Men. You see the light goes in, you go that direction. That’s all. It’s hardest to plot the chart, easiest to apply,” explained Yap.

“The software would be an interesting place to start. For example, when we want to make a decision, we just go to the website and we print the chart. That’s number one. Step two is to look at the chart and look for where the positive energy is. Generally, that’s the direction you should go.”

“The problem is, most people don’t know what to do in life. I think that’s the challenge. That has nothing to do with metaphysics. Metaphysics is the tool, it’s like the car, but most people don’t know where they are going. You can get the greatest car in the world but if you don’t know where you’re going, that’s a big problem. So I think the part where people need time with themselves is to think about what they want to achieve.”

“In terms of property, for example, when most people say they want to invest, they are actually not investing. They don’t know what to do. That’s the majority that don’t know what to do, and they don’t know what to buy. They’ll ask you instead, “what should I buy?” That’s where the danger is. If you don’t know what to buy, you don’t buy anything. The worst you could do is listen to somebody else,” advised Yap.

“Now, suppose you’ve gone past that stage, now you know what you want to buy. For example, you want to buy a condo or a house. The next stage is to know where. That’s when you start using the Qi Men chart. So if the Qi Men chart points east, then you look at the property developments in the eastern side.”

“It’s different for everybody and every year is different. This year, if you don’t want to buy then don’t buy. See whether the direction is relevant to you or not. That is where you made it confusing, because you may think that you must buy it every year. This year might be the best year for you to invest in the east, but next year, you might not find such opportunities in the east anymore because it changes.”

Yap emphasised, “Let’s say you are not buying every year. Then you buy on the year you wanted, you go east or west. Wherever it tells you to find them, then you go find them. The problem is we make very weird assumptions like deciding to buy and sell. You did not do those things. As an investor we don’t think like that. At the certain months only, the opportunities will open like that, few months later it’s sold already. Qi Men chart gives us the clue and advice to do something, so that we can find the best thing for us at that given period of time.”

The advanced steps in application of Qi Men Sun Tzu for investors would require professional assistance. This is to provide them with more in-depth explanations instead of assumptions. For more details about Qi Men Sun Tzu, visit or 

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