Taiji ruler – the eight supplemental’s number four
The Taiji Ruler system is largely a system of gong fa. There are no forms, only exercises. These exercises are designed to make achievements in the body. The eight supplemental’s are similar to the Virgin Qigong in that they seek to circulate the Qi to the farthest reaches of the body. The exercises are largely to cultivate Qi and make alchemical changes in the body. The term Chih or Ruler refers to a device used for measuring. It is not referring to the Emperor of Taijiquan . The word Ruler suggests Percision. There are concepts that are also trained while doing the exercises and the business of cultivating the energy. The following example is used to circulate the Qi from the knees up to the throat in the body. It is also useful in studying and training the proper function of the spine. This acts to prevent injury and also to express power. When my head is held down at the occiput , then any attempt I make to come up will strain my lower back, possibly leading to injury. The spine does not hinge from the bottom but rather the joints open and close from the top downward. I asked Aaron to hold me in a Guillotine Hold to test the concept and it allows me to easily stand up even with his weight around my neck. This demonstrates the value of doing these simple exercises.