Taiji Ruler – The Value of the Eight Supplementals
The eight supplemental’s are part of the Tai Chi Ruler System. These eight exercises train various aspects of whole body movement. They collectively are similar to the “Virgin Qi Gong system” in that they endeavor to circulate Qi to permeate the tissue and enter into every nook and cranny of the body. The following has me demonstrating the first Supplemental. This exercise is called “tossing the ruler” and it’s value involves elements of silk reeling, silk pulling, breathing, meditation, stillness and movement. All of these things are being practiced while you are gathering Qi and building a Dan Tian. This exercise can also help with the timing of the sequential releasing from the foot to the palm. This system focuses almost entirely on Gong Fa or methods of attaining skill. There are no forms just training. it allows me too achieve multiple things in a very short period of time. The principles surrounding this art help me to improve and refine the other arts that I also train. BP Chan used to say “this is all that you need”. Life and experience have taught me that this is true.