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About Loren W. Christensen
His books have been translated into five languages.
The Masters Hall of Fame inductee began training in the martial arts in 1965 and continues to this day. Over the years, he has earned a 1st-degree black belt in arnis, a 2nd-degree black belt in jujitsu, and in 2018, the American Karate Black Belt Association awarded Loren a 10th-degree black belt in karate. As a result of his tour in Vietnam and nearly three decades in law enforcement, Mr. Christensen's focus in the martial arts--writing, teaching, and training--has always been on street survival, not competition. He has starred in seven martial arts training videos.
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Loren W. Christensen shows you over 300 ways you can add variety to your daily martial arts training routine. Whether you’re a student looking for fun new solo drills to spice up your home training or an instructor in search of new ways to pump up your classes, this book has what you need. It is an incredible collection of drills, techniques, and exercises that will take your workouts to the next level.
• Organize your solo workouts to get maximum results from even the shortest training sessions.
• Improve your speed and power with dozens of inside tips and tricks.
• Beat boredom and get excited about your solo training sessions.
• Become a well-rounded fighter by adding essential skills your instructor may not be teaching you.
• Safely experiment with new techniques to find your ideal personal style of training.
• Get an edge on your opponents with training methods that will elevate your skills in the ring and on the street.
Not only will you learn enough new training strategies and methods to keep you busy for years, but Loren W. Christensen’s no-nonsense writing style will get you up and moving, even on the days you’d rather skip your solo workout. This book is packed with insight, technique, and motivation. It will become your favorite training partner.
The greatly expanded scientific research, stories, and analysis in this second edition, Deadly Force Encounters: Cops and Citizens Defending Themselves and Others, focus on the most infrequent but most challenging part of the police profession: the use of deadly force. This book is not about specific laws, tactics, or equipment, but how the science of human performance influences the people behind the badge. This knowledge is crucial for physical, legal, and emotional survival.
Citizens, armed or not, will benefit from the information to help them survive violent threats. "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away." If citizens use deadly force to survive, this book will help them prepare for the legal and emotional challenges of the aftermath.
Although the focus is about savings lives when threatened with violence, much of the information is relevant to people facing a wide variety of extreme events and everyday dangers.
All readers who want facts about violent encounters rather than myth and ill-informed hyperbole will find this book a useful reference.
Foreward by Laurence Miller, Ph.D., clinical, forensic, and police psychologist, and author of the upcoming book: The Psychology of Police Deadly Force Encounters: Science, Practice, and Policy (Charles C. Thomas, 2020): "Already a classic, the second edition of Deadly Force Encounters expands and deepens the empirical, theoretical, and practical knowledge base of police deadly force encounters for the challenges of the 21st century. Written by co-authors who skillfully combine in-depth scholarship with on-the-street experience, this is an authoritative guide that every law enforcement supervisor, policymaker, and rank and file cop should be familiar with and have on hand for day-to-day guidance. You won't just read this book; you'll deploy it as a vital work tool to make you safer, smarter, and more resilient in the complex and sometimes contentious climate of modern policing. In a field often plagued with subjective impressions, anecdotal mythology, and political agendas, this volume stands out as a science-based, practical guide to understanding, preparing for, enduring, and recovering from a law enforcement deadly force encounter with your safety and sanity intact."
Chapter 1: Shootout with the Devil
Chapter 2: The Survival Triangle
Chapter 3: Community Policing
Chapter 4: Human Performance Factors
Chapter 5: Mindset
Chapter 6: Fear
Chapter 7: Responses to Handgun Wounds are Unpredictable
Chapter 8: Citizens: Force Multipliers
Chapter 9: Attention, Perception, and Memory
Chapter 10: Decision making
Chapter 11: The Survival Bias in Decision making
Chapter 12: Training
Chapter 13: Legal Survival
Chapter 14: Investigations and the Courtroom
Chapter 15: Short-term Reactions to a Deadly Force Encounter
Chapter 16: Traumatic Stress Reactions
Chapter 17: Police Officer Job Stress
Chapter 18: Organizational Stress
Chapter 19: Resiliency
Chapter 20: Impact on Families
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Best selling author of nearly 60 books, retired cop Loren W. Christensen asked men and women in uniform—police officers, sheriff deputies, SWAT, command, correction officers, and MPs—to convey their experiences with the paranormal. These are veteran officers that have been there and done that, but on one occasion they were confronted with the unexplained ...
Here are some of the stories told within:
Close Encounters of the Second Kind
Dead Man Walking
Dead Man's Cane
A Touch of Thanks
Coffee and Cups
The Faceless Mannequin
The Man in the Window
Forest Lawn Cemetery
A Sign in Twisted Metal
He Pulled The Trigger Four Times
Somewhere in America right now are four or five women who will be killed tomorrow. They are going about their day, and I know if they were prepared to counter attack in the ways Loren Christensen and Lisa Place teach, they'd have a far better chance of prevailing tomorrow." —Gavin de Becker (from his Foreword), best-selling author of The Gift of Fear
Some “experts” say you should be submissive when attacked at home or by a stranger. You won’t find that advice here, although you might use it as a ruse before you claw your assailant’s eyes and smash his groin. Your ultimate goal is to get away, but you don’t achieve that by being meek and docile. You get away by drawing on that hardwired survival instinct to attack him like an enraged lioness protecting her babies.
In Self-Defense for Women:Fight Back, martial arts experts Loren W. Christensen and Lisa Place teach you to use your hands, forearms, elbows, teeth, knees, and feet to survive the attacks unsuspecting women become the victims of every day. And you will learn that you’re surrounded by a limitless cache of weapons you can use to your advantage against a larger assailant.
- How to recognize and assess a threat
- How to de-escalate a bad situation
- 7 basic defensive techniques any woman can use effectively
- Advanced skills for when you want to know more
- How to identify and use everyday objects as defensive weapons
- What to practice to prepare for a potential confrontation
- How to practice at home, alone, and with a partner
- Why you need to be physically fit and how to make a fitness plan
- How to use fear as a weapon
- The power of your mind and how to harness it for self-defense
If you’re ready to learn to fight back, Loren and Lisa know exactly what you need to survive an attack in your home or on the street.
Una exhaustiva investigación sobre lo que le ocurre al cuerpo humano bajo el estrés de un combate letal: cómo afecta al sistema nervioso, al corazón, a la respiración, y las distorsiones perceptuales y la pérdida de memoria que se pueden producir. También se abordan los últimos hallazgos sobre las técnicas de adiestramiento como, por ejemplo, la inoculación del estrés y la respiración táctica, que pueden prevenir estos efectos debilitadores para que el guerrero pueda continuar en el combate, sobrevivir y ganar.
El libro también analiza el acto de matar y sus implicaciones físicas, psíquicas y espirituales, y la evolución del combate a lo largo de la historia. Este lúcido análisis se cierra con una sección dedicada al día después del combate, cuando el humo se disipa del campo de batalla, y a la forma de evitar o, en su caso, gestionar, el trastorno por estrés postraumático.
"This book is hot hot hot!"
"From one who has been there."
"One of the best martial arts authors ever.”
"I love Loren's humor.”
As a martial arts student and teacher since 1965, Loren has trained hundreds of students, competed in dozens of tournaments, and trained with many true martial arts masters.
Loren was never a martial arts movie actor or a tournament champion. Instead, he applied his skill set over and over in the extraordinarily mean streets of Saigon, Vietnam as an Army MP and as a police officer in a large city.
He was involved in shootings, riots, and more fights than he could ever count. He worked as a bodyguard for presidents, vice presidents, an assortment of political candidates, a high-profile religious figure, an infamous criminal, and others. The path he traveled in the military and law enforcement required him to call upon his martial arts abilities over and over.
Those experiences—he considers them opportunities— taught him much about violence, the martial arts, and the human condition.
Street Lessons is about his journey.
Section 1: The Early Years
Chapter 1: High School: The Fight That Didn’t Happen
Chapter 2: It's Just Pain
Chapter:3: "We Can Beat Anyone With This"
Chapter 4: First Belt Test
Chapter 5: Breakthrough At 3 AM
Chapter 6: Dairy Queen, A fight, And Jail
Chapter: 7: The Evolution Of My Karate Uniform
Chapter 8: Kata And Sparring Competition
Chapter 9: Tai Chi, Wind, And Ice Rain
Chapter 10: Finding The Zone
Chapter 11: Vietnamese Language School
Section 2: The Street: Lessons Learned
Chapter 12: Military Police
Chapter 13: City Police
Section 3: Miscellaneous Items
Chapter 14: It's Just Pain
Chapter 15: Speed
Chapter 16: Magic
Chapter 17: Improvising
Chapter 18: Self-Defense In Cold Weather
Chapter 19: Discipline
Chapter 20: Overtraining
Chapter 21: Work Your Favorite Techniques
Chapter 22: The Art Of Fighting Without Fighting
Chapter 23: Expert Witness
Chapter 24: Training My Kids
Chapter 25: Writing About The Martial Arts
Chapter 26: Those Who Have Pointed The Way
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More From Loren W. Christensen
Timing is the art and science of ending a confrontation as quickly and efficiently as possible. In Timing for the Fighting Arts, authors Loren W. Christensen and Wim Demeere team up to teach you exactly how to get every last ounce of speed and power out of your techniques.
Whether you want to feel safer on the street or emerge from the ring victorious, this book is packed with inside information essential to defeating your opponent.
• Why many experts say timing is more important than speed
• How to put the OODA loop and Hick’s law to work for you
• Why timing is both an offensive and a defensive asset
• Which types of verbal distraction can give you an edge
• Why controlling your opponent’s spine gives you an advantage
• Which tournament techniques really work on the street
• How to set up multiple opponents to create timing opportunities
• Which tricks law enforcement officers rely on to buy time
• How you can improve your odds against a gun or knife
You will find drills and practice scenarios to help you develop every one of these concepts. Go beyond theory and put your new knowledge to work in the ring or on the street, where you need it most.
Targets To End A Fight Quickly
Hitting A Downed Attacker
Mental Imagery: Attacking Innocent People
Train Every Position To Be A Fighting Stance
Mental Training: Defining Words With Movement
Smart Aerobic And Anaerobic Training
The Importance Of Training Consistency
Build a Powerful Core
Movement Specific Resistance Training
Smart Use Of Repetitions
Prevent Injury and Slow Aging With Easy Stretching
Fuel Your Body Properly To Progress
Understanding Aging: Don’t Worry About What You Can’t Do
Know Your Body: Train For More Years
Getting In Shape For Surgery And Training After
A Dozen 20-Minute Solo Workouts & 20, 1-Minute Workouts
Loren W. Christensen has been a student and teacher of the martial arts since 1965, and has earned an 8th dan in American Free Style Karate, 2nd dan in jujitsu, and a 1st dan in Modern Arnis. He has authored over 50 books, fiction and non-fiction, and has written for the martial arts magazines for over 30 years. In 2011, Loren was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame, garnering the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award.
Up until six weeks ago, Sam Reeves, a respected Portland, Oregon police detective, martial artist, and teacher, had a good life. That is until a series of unimaginable events turned it upside down—some good, some very, very bad.
Still reeling from this maelstrom of fate, Sam takes a leave of absence and heads to exotic Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam seeking refuge with his family, and to reflect on his deadly past.
Sam is captivated by the contrast of beauty and struggle of a country still recovering from war, and by the warmth of his newfound family—his father Samuel, wife Kim, half sisters, and the beautiful enchanting Mai.
But the grief-crazed mob boss, Lai Van Tan, seeks revenge against Samuel who he holds responsible for the death of his son. Ever the protector, Sam Reeves joins the fight to thwart Lai Van Tan's deadly attacks on the family.
Dealing with a crazed mob boss is difficult enough but when the family learns that Lai Van Tan's people have kidnapped 27 young girls to be sold into the sex trade, and that the corrupt police and government won't help, Sam, Samuel, and Mai, along with a bizarre group of ‘seemingly' old and disabled Vietnamese soldiers with unique fighting skills, join forces to rescue the young girls.
Enraged, Lai Van Tan strikes back with a fury that tests the mettle of these warriors. Before it's over, the family is forced to defend themselves again and again, including in a warehouse full of life-sized Buddha statues.
The results—well, if you're going to fight the bad guys you might as well make them really mad at you.
You will fight how you train. That’s why Fighter’s Fact Book 2 presents a critical look at training and real-world applications. When you’ve mastered the skills taught in this book, you will truly be ready to defend yourself in some of the most desperate situations imaginable.
You will learn how to defend yourself against multiple assailants, violent dogs, and knife attacks. You’ll learn how to contend with close-quarters attacks and adversaries who are impervious to pain. You’ll also get no-nonsense instruction on fighting wounded and the justified use of extreme tactics.
Loren W. Christensen shares lessons from his decades of martial arts training and law enforcement experience. He has also enlisted a host of expert contributors:
• Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
• Iain Abernethy
• Rory Miller
• Kris Wilder
• Lawrence Kane
• Alain Burrese
• Wim Demeere
• Richard Dimitri
• Mark Mireles
• Tim Delgman
• Dan Anderson
These men are proven survivors, and their multidisciplinary analyses will change the way you see training and fighting.
The authors will show you how to make your street techniques fast and explosive, and how to prepare yourself mentally to use extreme force. These skills are not for the faint of heart. They are hardcore techniques intended to save your life or the life of a loved one.