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About the Author

Loren Christensen began his law enforcement career in 1967 when he served in the army as a military policeman in the United States and in Vietnam. He joined the Portland, Oregon, Police Bureau in 1972 and retired in 1997. During those years, he specialized in street gangs, defensive tactics, dignitary protection, and patrolling the bizarre streets of skid row. He now writes full time and teaches martial arts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581604920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581604924
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Christensen began training in the martial arts in 1965 and continues to this day. Over the years he has earned a total of 11 black belts, eight in karate, two in jujitsu and one in arnis. 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.

In August of 2011, Mr. Christensen was inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame in Anaheim, California, receiving The Golden Life Achievement Award.

As a professional writer since 1978, Mr. Christensen has penned 50 published books with five publishers, dozens of magazine articles, and edited a police newspaper for nearly eight years. He has written on the martial arts, 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 a police and martial arts thriller fiction series called Dukkha. Three have been published and two more are in production.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lisa PLace on July 6, 2006
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I'm a long time fan of Loren Christensens books and DVDs. This one is exceptional and exactly waht I was looking for.

Christensen shows effective techniques that he and others he knows have used on the street in street fights and in his job as a cop. He shows you how to bring on the pain and then if the situation calls for it, he shows how to cause extreme damage to a person's joint or bone.

He calls his approach walking the body, which means he shows how to hurt fingers, wrists, elbows and so on through all the joints all the way to the ankles and toes.

If you're looking for street realistic techniques, this is a good one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on July 19, 2006
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A very informative and fast read. None of the locks are overly complex but very workable. No fluff, only wished that he went into the various hammer locks (Turkey wings Chicken wings) as Judo Gene Lebel refers to them. I have read alot of Lorens books and found that this one along w/ his Mental Edge are best 2.A++++
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kovacich VINE VOICE on October 22, 2008
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I have read several of Loren's other books and found all of them very well done and very informative. I expected as much from this book, and I wasn't disappointed.

Each pictures took up an entire page and were very clear, although on a couple of the techniques I wished there had been a few more pictures in-between to show more smoothly the transition from one position to another, but that is merely a trivial complaint and not one that really affects any aspect of this book. The descriptions were well done, although I would have liked to seen a couple of them be a bit more descriptive, mainly for my own personal benefit more than anything.

Although not a lot of space was devoted to any one particular technique, the author did a fine job giving the reader a wide array of techniques that they can implement into their own personal arsenal of self-defense techniques. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning some simple and useful joint techniques for self-defense.

Here are a couple of other books by the author that I found to be extremely useful.

Fighter's Fact Book 2: Street Fighting Essentials

Timing in the Fighting Arts: Your Guide to Winning in the Ring and Surviving on the Street

Shawn Kovacich
Martial Artist/Creator of numerous books and DVD's.
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I admit to being a fan of Loren Christensen's books and videos. Unlike one of the critical reviewers, I maintain that one of the plus factors in any so called street tactics books, is that the author has actual street experience as a police officer. I also enjoyed this book immensely because there were so many large clear photographs showing the techniques. As a life time student of the martial arts and more than forty years teaching police defensive tactics, I found most of the techniques in this great volume simple to learn and apply on resisting subjects. The fact is, I have used many of these techniques myself on actual combative subjects when I was a full time police officer. This detailed volume covers finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, and other control type techniques.

In conclusion, if you are seeking a practical and effective text on locks and control holds, this is a must have book for you.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Monadnock Defensive Tactics (MDTS) System).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill on April 20, 2014
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I don't quite know what the guy is thinking, as far as teaching joint locks, not much .

The problem is that he doesn't go into details about what he doing, or how he is doing it , for instance proper grabbing a hand or arm,ect. Now maybe for an advanced practitioner of the joint locking arts it might be helpful , but for the beginner, it leaves out a lot of details . Basically, poor pictures of him performing joint locks with little instruction on how he had just moved.

I do not recommend this book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Pacetti on June 8, 2012
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The pictures do a nice job illustrating the moves/techniques and most of them seem very applicable to any 'event' one might find themselves in. I don't agree with some of the transitions into the holds, but the holds/submissions themselves seem very simple and brutal. It is a light read, letting the pictures handle most of the explanation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ricrox1 on November 26, 2012
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I have found that every book provides similar information, but in different settings. This book is a top resource in my self taught martial arts training, with a limited background in martial arts training. Good book with pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh B. on September 10, 2013
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I am no fighter, nor do I possess any black belt; with that preface here is my opinion.
To me the book was a good primer on Joint Locks and selected application of pain submission. It just seemed as though some techniques would be of *very* specific applications (I.e. The "Figure 4" locks and the "Toe Rip" from behind.) I doubt many self-defense situations call for the restraint of the assailant in said manner.
If you're seeking a book of simple, quick escapes (from street fighting grabs or holds), there are some fabulous ones here (the "Finger Rips"). However, not all of the techniques are quick nor intuitive in a gross motor sort of way.
Use this book to augment skills in escaping, or to restrain a drunken/belligerent friend without excessive force.
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