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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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873648595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873648592
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,097 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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I enjoyed Loren Christensen's SPEED TRAINING book and have used some of the drills and expalinations in my classes. Students enjoy the different approach and the fast paced drills. Earlier reviews discount the value of this book, but keep in mind no training book can offer all of the information on a given subject. This book has some great ideas and applies them with concise drills. I think anyone with an open mind would find this book a useful addition to their martial arts library.
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I have a library of over 240 martial arts books. Many are in mint condition; stuff I've read only once, didn't finish, or never got around to. Christensen's are all dog-eared with sticky notes and scribbles in the margins, solid material I read over and over again. As always his advice is practical, useful, and easy to read. I really like the drills he's come up with in Speed Training. I have found them effective not only for myself, but for my students as well. I've been doing martial arts for over 30 years. If he can make this old dog faster, changes are his advice will work for you as well!

Lawrence Kane
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
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Though all the methods and exercises that Loren gives in this book are not for everyone, he states this in the beginning and says that some did not work for him but he left them in so that maybe they worked for others. I really have increased my speed greatly and am still working on all his stuff, whether giving you a speed diet, a weight lifting schedule, or many mental and physical exercises to increase speed (not just movement but also the ability to develop greater peripheral vision and be able to see and react quickly to an attack) he is able to appeal to everybody of different body types, initial speed, and respected style.

Check out more of Loren's books because he writes as if he were talking to you not just stating facts. He even has a few jokes in there so the tone is light-hearted.
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Loren Christensen presents speed training in a simple book packed full of concepts, ideas and theories. Unlike most books, Christensen doesn't waste a single page, instead he makes the most out of your reading time. The techniques and drills presented give the reader an endless supply of new training ideas and ways to spice up and speed up every training session.
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I recommend this book to any martial arts student that feels like they have plateaued on speed. The relaxation methods really work and the speed drills are fun and really make a difference. Buy this book, read it cover to cover and use the authors techniques to make yourself faster than you ever thought possible.
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I've been training for 20 years and I wish I would have had this book when I first started out. Lots of great drills, intersting discussions and new research that will help the reader move at his or her fastest. Although there aren't a lot of step-by-step pictures, the author gives the reader pleny of information on how to improve speed in all phases of fighting.
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As with all of Loren Christensen's books, Speed Training is written in an accessable style that is fast paced and interesting. Many of the concepts in the book shouldn't be new to experienced martial artists, but unlike some of his other books, this one has a number of unique drills that are very effective, when done. Definately a recommendation to any martial artists library.
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This book will help you get faster if you do the drills. The author's writing style is clear and his real life anechdotes are fun to read.
If you are a martial artist or better yet any type of athlete pick up this book, you won't regret it.
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