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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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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
About the Authors
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
As a 23-year-old from a small town in Washington State, the author was plunged into a chaotic city of brawling servicemen, prostitutes, racial violence, enemy rockets, riots, and death. It was a place that would give him a unique opportunity to see up close a different side of the Vietnam War and its effect on the human condition.
Nearly 80 stories collectively convey the author’s experiences and his arc—from naive to jaded, angry, confused, anxious, and bone-weary exhausted—that is representative of so many GIs who served in the Vietnam War as well as those veterans of today’s conflicts around the globe.
* “A true warrior and a gifted and prolific author, Loren gives the reader a deep and illuminating insight into his experience that changed his life and subsequently led him toward helping others through his writing. Policing Saigon is a powerful book.”
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
* Military Policeman Loren Christensen takes the reader on a gritty, moving, and intense ride-a-along in Saigon, Vietnam.
K.F., Afghanistan War veteran
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE FIRST FEW DAYS
Chap 1: Flying there
Chap 2: Door gunners and policing for cigarette butts
Chap 3: Welcome to Saigon
Chap 4: Python
Chap 5: Culture shock
Chap 6: Dead men’s gear
PART TWO: "ROUTINE DAYS"
Chap 7: Day after day
Chap 8: EOD
Chap 9: Skylight
Chap 10: Cobra
Chap 11: Bob Hope
Chap 12: Papa-san and the ammo truck
Chap 13: Dead mama-san
Chap 14: Jail window
Chap 15: “Karate number one”
Chap 16: Sampson
Chap 17: 100-P alley
Chap 18: 200-P alley
Chap 19: The swimming pool
Chap 20: “Dance to the Music”
Chap 21: Drugs
Chap 22: Tracer rounds
Chap 23: Puff the magic dragon
Chap 24: Almost a coup
Chap 25: Vietnam blues
Chap 26: Tension
Chap 27: A shaky fork
Chap 28: Illusions of relief
Chap 29: Korean Marines
Chap 30: AFVN radio: “Goooooood morning, Vietnaaaaaam”
Chap 31: “I’m not a crook”
Chap 32: Running Code 3
Chap 33: Fire
Chap 34: Riot
Chap 35: Power and rank: a deadly mix
Chap 36: The vision
Chap 37: Screams
Chap 38: Meyerkord Hotel
Chap 39: Resisting arrest
Chap 40: Letters
Chap 41: One GI who went home and came right back
PART THREE: LOSING IT
Chap 42: Silencer
Chap 43: Hangman
Chap 44: Johnny Walker Black
Chap 45: Escaped prisoner
Chap 46: The punch
Chap 47: Death of the spirit
Chap 48: Grenade
PART FOUR: PROSTITUTES
Chap 49: “Boom-boom number one”
Chap 50: Clap
Chap 51: Peter
PART FIVE: THE INDIGENOUS
Chap 52: A fellow martial artist
Chap 53: A most excellent shot
Chap 54: “Everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout me”
Chap 55: China girl
Chap 56: Date night
Chap 57: The old gravedigger
Chap 58: Altered states: the Buddhist temple
Chap 59: Dog sex and an alligator baby
PART SIX: STREET CHILDREN
Chap 60: A Tu Do paperboy
Chap 61: Cemetery k
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.
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.
"I really like the first Old Ed, and I like Old Ed 2, even better!"
"Old Ed 2" is just as short and sweet (and by "sweet" I mean "brutal") as the first book and I can't wait for the third!"
"Funny, gripping and edgy."
"A riveting read packed with fantastic characters, taut action, and excellent dialogue."
Advance readers are saying:
“Funny and moving.” L. A.
“This one is my favorite.” K. N.
“Looking forward to Old Ed 5.” A. W.
The Setting: A Large, Mostly Destroyed City
The Rest Of The World: Unknown, But Assumed Mostly Destroyed
Here is an exchange between and Grey and his father before The Change occurred.
When Grey was about 25, he and his father were having beers on the back deck of his parent’s home. Grey asked, “Why did you let me see your Ka-Bar that time? Why so briefly, I mean?”
His father took two swigs before he answered. “I’ve asked myself that a few times. I guess… I think I wanted you to see what a killing blade looked like. Feel its aura. Its presence. But as soon as I pulled it out of the envelope, I no longer wanted you to see it, to know it existed.
“A blade that’s killed is at once a hideous thing and a thing of beauty. Until it has killed, all the time you spend with it training, is all theory, play.
“Facing a deadly threat with a knife is a moment like no other. Suddenly you’re no longer pretending as you have been in your training. Shit is real now, and to come out of it alive, you’re going to have to ram that blade deep into human flesh. And you’re going to feel that sensation in your hand, and that feel is going to remain in your hand, and in your mind, and the sight of him dying is going to stay in your eyes, even when you’re asleep.
“I didn’t want you to touch it or ever see it again.”
"The horrific world in this post-apocalyptic story is frightening given current events."
“Loren knows how to write fight scenes”
“The author’s experience with real-world violence always makes his stories gritty and real”
A new job in a hallowed place will test Ed's ingenuity with two horrific weapons and Pearl's new and improved deadly skills. So great is the test, that Pearl will question her desire to continue as a hit woman and Ed will finally admit to himself why he will never stop.
OLD ED 5 includes an excerpt from PARTS, Loren's new and, as one reader put it, "very creepy," short story about alien abduction.
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.