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This book is a collection of the most effective trips, sweeps and throws in street-oriented fighting arts, techniques and principles that Mark and Loren have experienced first hand. --Jean Jacques Machado

About the Author

MARK MIRELES has been training in the martial arts since 1977, with black belts in judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu and is currently is a professional mixed martial arts coach/trainer. As an amateur wrestler, he earned All American honors. Mark is a veteran officer with the Los Angeles Police department where, besides his regular duties, he is a certified law enforcement defensive tactics instructor and arrest and control expert as well as a two-time recipient of the Medal of Valor, the highest award for bravery given by the LAPD. LOREN W. CHRISTENSEN began his law enforcement career in 1967 as a military policeman in the army where he patrolled the violent streets of Saigon, Vietnam. Loren has been training continuously in the martial arts since 1965. He has written more than 25 books on the subject and has starred in seven instructional DVDs. He has earned a total of 11 black belts, an 8th dan in karate, a 2nd dan in jujitsu and a 1st dan in arnis.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Press; First edition (January 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934903116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934903117
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a short conclusion and that is the end of the book.
Alain B. Burrese
This book focuses on a much neglected fighting art, that being how to use trips, sweeps and throws for street combat.
Joseph J. Truncale
This book is an American martial arts book which gives highly practical, workable techniques.
Joseph Scully

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Scully on March 9, 2009
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This book shows step by step illustrated depictions of martial arts techniques for use in defending against violent confrontations against violent, agressive people.

I've been a martial artist for over 35 years, including karate, judo, wrestling and jui jitsu. One glaring problem with many martial arts, and many martial arts books, is that the techniques are either geared for sport, or they heavily rely on a system which emphasizes the "art" aspect of the martial art. This may be fine if your goal is spiritual oneness with the universe. But, when you are attacked by a violent thug, who is drunk, high, mean and a bully, spiritual purity won't help you. You need to be able to fight back and impose your will on that person who is trying to hurt you.

This book is an American martial arts book which gives highly practical, workable techniques. That is not to say that the proverbial 98 pound weakling will be able to read this book and overnight become a beast and a terror. Not at all. But for the serious student of the martial arts, or anyone who is interested in the subject, this book shows devastating techniques which will allow you not only to survive an attack, but to disable the attacker which may prevent a similar attack on some other person.

Overall, this is an excellent book that fills a void in the martial arts literature. Highly recommend.

Joe Scully, Los Angeles, CA
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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Hamilton Astrophysicist on December 16, 2009
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A case of false advertising? I believe that the contents of the book do not match the title. Being a martial artist who is noted for his use of trips and sweeps I found this book disappointing. The book consists of 40 to 50 throw/sweep/trip techniques. Of these, maybe a dozen would be of use for the average martial artist. I doubt that the authors have used even half of them in real life situations. There are also 21 combinations provided, again most of little use to the average reader. Most would be quite useful in a cage fight.

Even the authors divides the moves into low risk moves and high risk moves. They doesn't seem to identify which ones are high risk though. One of the reasons given for doing a high risk move is because you mastered the move (p.35). What the f...? In a street fight you do not want high risk moves. You want moves that are simple to do under stress and will let you escape the fight. Most of the throws start from a wrestling hold or from a wrestling grip of some sort, they would have been much more useful if they started from a clinch, or some entries were shown.

One can see that most of the moves come froma sport like MMA. The sports basis shows through philosphically in most of these moves. A lot of the moves are sacrafice moves or you follow the person to ground to apply a lock. This is nice in a ring or when there are more defenders than attackers (such as police situations), but for a situation at night with an unknown amount of attackers and an unknown amount of glass on the ground, they are of less utility.

The production values of this book are good, but a little more information on key points in each technique would be useful. The authors would have been better off choosing the best 12 techniques and covering them in a lot more detail.
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"Street Stoppers: The Martial Arts' Most Devastating Trips Sweeps and Throws for Real Fighting by Mark Mireles and Loren W. Christensen is a good book. I applaud the two for writing about a subject that has not been addressed like this, even though it is such a very important subject when it comes to fighting and self-defense.

Both authors are accomplished martial artists with impressive backgrounds in real-life violent encounters. In other words, they have been there and done that, and I recommend anyone wanting to learn more about the real-life application of martial art moves listen to them.

That brings me to my complaint about this book, and why I feel it is good, but maybe not great. I wanted more information from these two extremely knowledgeable men. The book is just over 280 pages, but the majority of the book is filled with pictures. As far as pictures go for illustrating throwing techniques, they are done well. They are black and white and clear enough to easily see what the author's intend for you to view in them. However, the accompanying text is fairly basic and minimal. And that is not just a complaint about this book, but any book explaining martial art techniques through pictures and text. Knowing a bit about publishing of books and videos, I understand the fine balancing act that goes on to ensure you put just enough and stay within the parameters of page length and so on. There are a lot of little things and finer points that make these techniques most effective that the authors did not have the space to include, or were not as detailed as I'd have wished they would have put in the written portions.

With that out of the way, let's look at the good things about this book, and there are many.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brett Beckstrom on March 24, 2009
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I have been training in Mixed Martial Arts for about 2 years now and have noticed one thing, fighters who do not come from a wrestling background often have one gaping weakness in their game, takedowns. Street Stoppers is an amazing way to adress this weakness because it breaks down each move into several easy to follow steps. This book is also amazing for self defense, which many martial arts do not adress. If someone is attempting to harm you, every single move in this book is highly effective and useful. I recomend this book to anyone who wants to solidify their takedowns or for anyone who wants to learn a few tips for self defense.
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