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About Loren W. Christensen
As a professional writer since 1978, Mr. Christensen has penned nearly 60 published books with six publishers, dozens of magazine articles, and edited a police newspaper for seven years. He has written on the martial arts, the paranormal, missing children, street gangs, school shootings, workplace violence, riots, police-involved shootings, nutrition, exercise, prostitution, and various street subcultures. Of late, he has been writing an award-winning police thriller fiction series called Dukkha. His short stories—OLD ED, BOSS, and Parts—are popular among fans of gritty action.
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.
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.
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
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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In this follow-up to his phenomenally popular Solo Training, Loren W. Christensen digs down deep to come up with hundreds of more ways for you to rev up your training at home or in the gym. Solo Training 2 kicks off with a focus on building your body’s core for stronger, faster, and more effective grappling, kicking, and punching. A strong core—chest, abs, hips, shoulders, and back—is the source of your body’s power, speed, and coordinated movement. As a martial artist, having a strong core helps you to get more out of your training and to respond instantly and effectively to the fast-changing demands of competition or an explosive street encounter.
You'll also get over 100 ways to work your combinations, cheat speed, improve accuracy, fight from unconventional stances, practice grappling when you can’t find a partner, and get the most out of your mannequin bag.
This book wraps up with eight workouts, each with a specific goal, like the free-hand power builder and the boxer workout.
If you’re looking to get more out of training, Solo Training 2 represents your next evolution in fighting techniques and concepts.
From Loren W. Christensen: “I’ve written four nonfiction books on PTSD, but this is my first fiction on the subject. I hope the reader gets a feel for what happens to some soldiers in combat and the aftermath that can follow them for decades after. I used a martial arts master to show that journey and its effects, even on a person who has developed a high level of discipline and mental mastery.
”Loren Christensen's fiction always has the most realistic fight scenes."
“A spot-on depiction of PTSD."
”I thought of the old story "Rashomon," with each character having their own version of events (in this case, different slices of Sensei's turbulent life.)"
Grant had published only one book, so he was shocked when a martial arts master asked him to write a biography of his life. The writer began by interviewing five people who shared different phases of Sensei's violent journey.
We see Sensei as a Vietnam War hero and then a criminal.
As a violent alcoholic and then a martial arts champion.
As an adulterer and then a role model for troubled youth.
As a highly respected martial arts master but a man with a terrible secret.
Grant discovers that the secret is a horrific one that will change everything, including the young writer's life.
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.
As a martial artist, you make special demands of your body. Have you ever wondered how that latest fad diet might affect your performance on the mat? Ever wanted to take off a few extra pounds? How about putting on muscle without slowing down? Making weight for a tournament? Losing five pounds fast? Eating better? Changing weight classes? Are you confused about supplements, vitamins, and protein shakes? Don’t know where to start? Start here.
This book will answer your questions about important topics including
• Why some diets are harmful for martial artists
• How to calculate your protein needs for training
• When and how to use supplements
• How to eat at fast food places and not ruin your diet
• Why it’s OK to splurge on “dirt day”
• How to safely make weight for a tournament
• Why HIIT training is essential to weight loss
• What to eat on competition days
• How to create a plan that works and stick to it
Loren W. Christensen and personal trainer Wim Demeere combine their knowledge of martial arts, weight training, nutrition, diet, and exercise to answer your questions and put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be.
With over 45 years of experience in the ring, on the mat, and in the street, Loren W. Christensen understands the daily challenges martial artists face. In this book he has put together a collection of over 400 tips, drills, principles, concepts, and exercises to give you the edge, no matter what style of martial art you practice.
Discover quick and innovative ways to improve your punching, kicking, sparring, and self-defense skills—plus dozens of tips to develop speed, power, and flexibility. If you are feeling stuck or bored in your martial arts routine, Loren’s no-nonsense style will get you up and training with a fire you have not felt in years.
• 10 ways to improve your speed
• 5 ways to increase your power
• 10 ways to train for self-defense
• 10 ways to improve health and fitness
• Dozens of tips for improving kicks, blocks, and hand strikes
• Guidance on psychological preparation
Fighter’s Fact Book includes hundreds of training methods drawn from the author’s vast experience, research, and interviews with top instructors from around the country. This is an essential reference for every martial arts student and instructor.
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.