My new book Tai Chi PENG Root Power Rising is a superset of the material in the video Tai Chi PENG Surfing the Soft Wave. It can function either as a supplement to the video, in that all drills on the video are covered in the new book, or stand-alone, in that the drills are presented comprehensively and there is a lot of additional background material.
Tai Chi PENG Root Power Rising explains the mysterious tensile/elastic power of traditional Chinese Tai Chi known as PENG energy. The concept is clarified with direct reference to original translations of classical Chinese source texts. The human energy architecture that enables PENG development is detailed. Seven Tai Chi poses/structures from the Zheng Manqing Tai Chi sequence are introduced as a new framework, beginning with traditional 'standing post' energy exercises. Standing Post work (zhan zhuang) is enhanced with unique Tai Chi characteristics, leading to the evolution of a new relaxation and energy cultivation protocol: 'expanding post' (zhang zhuang). Fully illustrated, with extensive commentary on all aspects PENG definition, cultivation, and deployment, including a highly effective basic Tai Chi straight sword drill for linkage between core power centers and the hands.
Author Kevin Roose, in his new (2014) book Young Money, profiles eight 23-year-old first year analysts as they become enculturated to the Wall St. ethos of the top banks and brokerage firms, chronicling their first year on the job.
On page 74 he writes:
... Which is not to say that Jeremy's experience had been boring. Every day, things happened on the fifth floor of 200 West Street that seemed to have originated inside a Wall Street cartoon... There was the head oil trader, a former Ivy League wrestler named Fred, who once bet his colleagues $200 that he could hold a plank position for five minutes straight. (Fred won the bet and used the winnings to buy pizza for everyone on the floor).
WTF? Ok if you don't know, 'plank' position usually means raised pushup position, or High Chaturanga in Ashtanga terms. I have held that for thirty (30) straight minutes on numerous occaions. Back in the Stone Age proto-history of Systema training, Vlad and Mikhail got into a phase where holding plank for long periods was the Big New Thing. So in both Russia and Northern Ontario camp around that time, we often held plank without any rest or even fidgeting for half an hour - precisely timed by Vlad's wristwatch.
Since I held 6 times longer than Fred, I'm entitled to 6 times the winnings ($1200). If this is how they're now measuring current-day Wall Street high machismo, I'm gonna head over there and clean the fuck up.
Somebody wrote me that they tried my infallible Cayenne pepper 'incipient sore throat cure' and it failed.
No! You failed!
But hey let's not play the blame game here, let's just get you on track so that never happens again. The thing is though, offering unlicensed medical advice is a crime in the USA. However, I think you can offer unlicensed veterinary advice, without jackbooted Feds hammering down your door at 3 AM? So in the passage below, I want you to understand that the sick 'patient' being treated by the method and referred to in the post below is a CAT. Ok? Feds, listen up! I'm talking about a CAT here, a mere ANIMAL ok? Not one of your precious (ha! yeah right like anyone really gives a shit) humans.
What To Do: My infallible incipient sore throat cure is to dump a heaping tablespoon of Cayenne pepper powder (not flakes) into a coffee cup of very hot water, then have the patient gargle with that mix 3 times. Chase with some skim milk (cats are supposed to love milk, right?) or something soothing. Sore throat will be stopped completely dead in its tracks within minutes and will never get hold of your cat.
What Can Go Wrong: You! Key point: you must make your cat gargle it way far down! Got that? Far down in the throat, I mean. Critical, it may sometimes fail otherwise. You have your cat gargle it so deep down in his throat that he is almost but not quite swallowing it. Have your cat give it a good 30 second long gargle for each of the three passes. By taking the gargle down so far, you are insuring that the killer powder physically reaches the bad guys lurking down there in your cat's throat.
Only way this can ever fail is if your cat's sore throat is caused by something much deeper than normal contagious infection.
NOTE TO THOSE WHO PLAN TO TRY THIS ON AN ACTUAL REAL CAT: