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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.

Mark Mireles is a certified Arrest and Control Instructor with the Los Angeles Police Department. In his civilian life, he is a black belt instructor at Jean Jacques Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy and Big John McCarthy's Ultimate Training Center, and provides reality-based, self-defense training through Mireles Combative Systems. Among his many honors, Mireles is a two-time recipient of the Medal of Valor, the highest award for bravery given by the LAPD.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581606931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581606935
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,128 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Kane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
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I once had a "keyboard warrior" try to convince me that eye gouges don't work. His proof? They've been banned by the UFC. Yeah, dude really wrote that. Clearly some people just don't understand the difference between a sporting competitions and a real fights. Not so these authors. They've been there, done that, and have the scars to prove it. Like the subtitle says, Christensen and Mireles demonstrate vicious strikes, street wrestling, and gouges for real fights. Some of this stuff would get you disqualified (and possibly banned for life) if you tried it in the ring, yet it could mean the difference between life and death on the street.

As usual for these guys, the book is very well laid out. It begins with the nuts and bolts of clinching, then moves on to describe the functional combat stance model, wrestling concepts, outer-perimeter takedowns, close-contact clinch, clothing attacks, striking with the hands, forearms, elbows, shoulders, knees, and legs, pinching, ripping, and pressing, and, finally, head-butting. It is thoughtfully organized and beautifully illustrated (if you consider groin strikes, dislocations, and eye gouges things of beauty anyway). Clear photographs and logical progressions supplemented by pithy text that explains important nuances and critical details make the information easy to follow. It's the next best thing to training with the authors in person

This is a very well written, potentially lifesaving tome that I recommend without reservation.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other titles
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ignatius Malibu on February 3, 2011
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Since many real encounters wind up in a standing/grabbing kind of struggle, this is a great toolbook to use when training for a Real Fight. If you have to deal with an attacker, you may strike him and, in many training scenarios, the encounter ends there. In the real world your opponent often falls INTO you and in doing so, grabs hold of whatever he/she can. The techniques in this book covers the different ways this can happen and what to do when it does. Very informative. Beware! Not applicable to Sport/Competetion training.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arturo on October 20, 2010
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This book, along with "Street Stoppers: The Martial Arts Most Devastating Trips, Sweeps, and Throws for Real Fighting" has helped me to learn the basics of throwing, tripping, sweeping, etc. an opponent though I haven't trained in judo, sambo or olympic wrestling in my life.

Thanks to this books I have finally been able to learn when to apply throwing techniques, trips o sweeps so I can integrate those techniques in my training drills.

I highly recommend this couple of books by these authors to anybody who has trained styles such as karate or taekwondo, where it seems instructors don't see the necessity of learning to grapple in order to defend oneself in a confronting situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lord THand on May 27, 2012
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It is good at explaining some things. And it has some nice tricks that are mentioned here. Focus on the strikes and gauges. Going to the ground in a fight is not smart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Goldberg on February 10, 2014
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I was dissapointed with this book because it assumed you could easily move an atackers arms in a clinch situation.
This assumtion ignored the fact that in a street fight an atacker will often cling on to your garment, making it difficult
to remove his grip.It has been my experience in street fights that an atacker will very likely grab your shirt with one hand,
pull you off balence, and punch you with the other hand.This scenario is seen almost every time a fight breaks out in a hockey match.Never the lessThis book was not without value in my opinion,I did like its Greco Roman throws.
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