In the world of Feng Shui, the late Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai was a household name in South East Asia that needed little or no introduction. Yap Cheng Hai was a highly talented, experienced, and revered Feng Shui Grand Master whose appeal surpassed the barriers of age, culture, and business background. He was also a master of the fighting arts and his skills in Kung Fu and Qigong lead him being head of the Wushu Association of Malaysia, although he promoted these arts far and wide.
Grand Master Yap began his career back in the 1940s providing Feng Shui advice and services to countless business tycoons, politicians, members of the royal families, celebrities and spiritual leaders all over the world. He travelled extensively to deliver his powerful talks about the life-changing secrets of Feng Shui, and helped countless numbers of individuals to improve the quality of their life and fortune.
Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai has been described as a dynamic, talented, and inspiring teacher. He is one of the world’s most sought-after speakers and master trainers in the field of Feng Shui. Yet the Grand Master himself is a successful corporate figure who still runs his various business enterprises personally. It was mind-boggling to know that he conducted more than 50 days of seminars a year in over 14 nations around the world whilst in his 70s.
Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai was regarded by many as one of the top Feng Shui exponents in the world. Besides a handful of Chinese-speaking peers such as Grand Master Sheng-yen Lu, Pak Hok Ming and the late Lau Kai Chi, there are hardly any Masters of recent times who share the same stature and standing as Grand Master Yap. Not only was the Grand Master a highly respected scholar of Chinese arts and culture, he is possibly one of the remaining few who can truly claim to have practised and applied the skills of authentic Feng Shui for more than half a century. His knowledge of, and technical skills in, Feng Shui, both academically and practically, is unmatched and unrivalled.
Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai’s Feng Shui expertise included Ba Zhai (Eight Mansions School), San Yuan (Xuan Kong Flying Stars School), Yin House or Grave Feng Shui, San He (Three Combinations) and Water Dragon (Water Feng Shui for the enhancement of wealth), as well as esoteric schools within each.
In Grand Master Yap’s own words:
“A good Feng Shui master is one who is able to apply his Feng Shui theories to fit into different cultures of the world, but he does not change the fundamental principals and conceptual theories of authentic Feng Shui to his own whims and fancies. There are basic rules to be followed. Otherwise, the results are simply invalid.”
It’s a common misconception that his former aide turned Feng Shui superstar, Joey Yap, is a family member. They both have the Yap family name, but aren’t related. Joey Yap worked with Grand Master Yap in the 90s and early Millennial years before launching his own hugely successful Mastery Academy and consultancy. Grand Master Yap’s Yap Cheng Hai Centre of Excellence followed the Chinese tradition of passing to the master’s sons with Yap Boh Chu taking the Feng Shui lineage whilst his eldest brother took up the martial arts lineage.
In Master Angela Ang’s words:
“Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai was one of the rare enigmas who seemed to bring the midas touch to whatever he did. Whether in an urban environment, out in the countryside or deep in the vaults of the British Museum, he was constantly pointing things out and trying to further his knowledge despite having studied for so many decades.
I feel blessed to have had so many opportunities to study with him directly for he opened my eyes to a great many things. He was a fellow Hokkien Chinese from Malaysia and when he stayed with me in the UK, we would sleep on the front room floor whilst he took the bed – this is the correct etiquette for such things in the master – student relationship. He shared some techniques which I never heard him speak of publicly. Yet at the same time, he shared generously to all his students and inspired in us a desire to come to know the true secrets of Feng Shui so we could help make the world a little better. You remain in my heart and mind always.”