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About Loren W. Christensen
His books have been translated into five languages.
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.
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As a 23-year-old from a small town in Washington State, the author was plunged into a chaotic city of brawling servicemen, prostitutes, racial violence, enemy rockets, riots, and death. It was a place that would give him a unique opportunity to see up close a different side of the Vietnam War and its effect on the human condition.
Nearly 80 stories collectively convey the author’s experiences and his arc—from naive to jaded, angry, confused, anxious, and bone-weary exhausted—that is representative of so many GIs who served in the Vietnam War as well as those veterans of today’s conflicts around the globe.
* “A true warrior and a gifted and prolific author, Loren gives the reader a deep and illuminating insight into his experience that changed his life and subsequently led him toward helping others through his writing. Policing Saigon is a powerful book.”
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
* Military Policeman Loren Christensen takes the reader on a gritty, moving, and intense ride-a-along in Saigon, Vietnam.
K.F., Afghanistan War veteran
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE FIRST FEW DAYS
Chap 1: Flying there
Chap 2: Door gunners and policing for cigarette butts
Chap 3: Welcome to Saigon
Chap 4: Python
Chap 5: Culture shock
Chap 6: Dead men’s gear
PART TWO: "ROUTINE DAYS"
Chap 7: Day after day
Chap 8: EOD
Chap 9: Skylight
Chap 10: Cobra
Chap 11: Bob Hope
Chap 12: Papa-san and the ammo truck
Chap 13: Dead mama-san
Chap 14: Jail window
Chap 15: “Karate number one”
Chap 16: Sampson
Chap 17: 100-P alley
Chap 18: 200-P alley
Chap 19: The swimming pool
Chap 20: “Dance to the Music”
Chap 21: Drugs
Chap 22: Tracer rounds
Chap 23: Puff the magic dragon
Chap 24: Almost a coup
Chap 25: Vietnam blues
Chap 26: Tension
Chap 27: A shaky fork
Chap 28: Illusions of relief
Chap 29: Korean Marines
Chap 30: AFVN radio: “Goooooood morning, Vietnaaaaaam”
Chap 31: “I’m not a crook”
Chap 32: Running Code 3
Chap 33: Fire
Chap 34: Riot
Chap 35: Power and rank: a deadly mix
Chap 36: The vision
Chap 37: Screams
Chap 38: Meyerkord Hotel
Chap 39: Resisting arrest
Chap 40: Letters
Chap 41: One GI who went home and came right back
PART THREE: LOSING IT
Chap 42: Silencer
Chap 43: Hangman
Chap 44: Johnny Walker Black
Chap 45: Escaped prisoner
Chap 46: The punch
Chap 47: Death of the spirit
Chap 48: Grenade
PART FOUR: PROSTITUTES
Chap 49: “Boom-boom number one”
Chap 50: Clap
Chap 51: Peter
PART FIVE: THE INDIGENOUS
Chap 52: A fellow martial artist
Chap 53: A most excellent shot
Chap 54: “Everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout me”
Chap 55: China girl
Chap 56: Date night
Chap 57: The old gravedigger
Chap 58: Altered states: the Buddhist temple
Chap 59: Dog sex and an alligator baby
PART SIX: STREET CHILDREN
Chap 60: A Tu Do paperboy
Chap 61: Cemetery k
In this thought-provoking and highly entertaining book, bestselling author Loren W. Christensen (retired police officer) paints a vivid picture of the asphalt world of flesh and fantasy where hookers, tricks, and cops commingle, and sometimes collide.
The stories in this book—told by cops and prostitutes themselves—reveal the dark humor, poignancy, sadness, sordidness, and violence that is part of the world's oldest profession. Some will make you laugh out loud, others will make you wince, a few may offend, but all will educate you about the reality of street prostitution.
One of the most important lessons in this page-turner is that prostitution—far from being a victimless crime—affects everyone in one way or another.
"... this one will make you sit up and take notice."
"This is not a book for the tender of heart."
"I'll never look at street corner prostitute the same again."
Loren has been a martial artist since 1965. He is an inductee into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame and holds an 8th dan in karate, a 2nd dan in jujitsu, and a 1st dan in arnis.
A 29-year veteran of law enforcement (ret), Loren brawled one-on-one with outlaw bikers, an Olympic Games powerlifter, construction workers, anarchists, crazed dopers, and the violent mentally deranged. As a Military Policeman in war-torn Saigon, Vietnam (then ranked the most dangerous city in the world), he experienced, as he said in a recent interview, “twenty years of violent police work condensed into 12 months.”
In short, Loren knows what he’s talking about.
SECTION ONE: MARTIAL ARTS
CHAPTER 1: The First 50 Years
CHAPTER 2: You’re Turning 30, 40, 50, 60, 70
CHAPTER 3: More on Training Consistency
CHAPTER 4: Three Answers to Three Questions
CHAPTER 5: Can You Think Yourself Faster?
CHAPTER 6: 25 Tips for Developing Powerful Techniques
CHAPTER 7: The 1,200-Rep Kicking Drill
CHAPTER 8: Thoughts on Flexibility
CHAPTER 9: Dirty Fighting Techniques
CHAPTER 10: Thoughts About the Tackle
CHAPTER 11: No Stance as a Stance
CHAPTER 12: Hitting the Liver
CHAPTER 13: Ground Fighting
CHAPTER 14: Ground and Pound and Return to Sender
CHAPTER 15: How to Develop Callused Knuckles
CHAPTER 16: Ki, Chi, or Kung Foo-ee?
CHAPTER 17: OMG!!! It’s the Exclamation People!!
CHAPTER 18: Me, the Bully
CHAPTER 19: Some Lessons Hurt
CHAPTER 20: Parting Thoughts on the Martial Arts
SECTION TWO: SELF-DEFENSE
CHAPTER 21: Use Your Eyes to Save Your Bacon
CHAPTER 22: Preparation for Defense Against a Gun
CHAPTER 23: De-escalation
CHAPTER 24: Personal Responsibility
CHAPTER 25: Firearms: Be in the Moment or Someone Might Get Shot
CHAPTER 26: Elements of Gun Defense
CHAPTER 27: “An Attacker Would Never …”
CHAPTER 28: Active Shooter: The First Five Minutes
CHAPTER 29: The “You Know What Really Hurts?” Game
CHAPTER 30: On Getting Nailed in the Groin
CHAPTER 31: The Groin: Hit it More Than Once
CHAPTER 32: Street Magic and Street Fighting
CHAPTER 33: Clinching: A Few Painful Defenses
CHAPTER 34: Carotid Constraint: It’s Not a Toy
CHAPTER 35: Street People: How Dangerous are They
SECTION THREE: LAW ENFORCEMENT
CHAPTER 36: PTSD: Be Careful About That
CHAPTER 37: Helping Families Cope with Officer-Involved Shootings
CHAPTER 38: Shot 10 Times
CHAPTER 39: Carotid Constraint
CHAPTER 40: The Street Dance of Hookers, Tricks, and Cops
CHAPTER 41: Advice from a Veteran Prostitution Decoy
CHAPTER 42: 5 Psychological Factors that Affect Rioters and Police
CHAPTER 43: Controlling Fear
CHAPTER 44: The Power of Combat Breathing
CHAPTER 45: Psyching Up
CHAPTER 46: The Sometimes Unreality of Combat
CHAPTER 47: Criticism is a Given in Police Work
CHAPTER 48: 65 Tips for Cops
SECTION FOUR: WARRIORHOOD
CHAPTER 49: Discovery
CHAPTER 50: Thoughts on Wa
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
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.
In the course of a single week, everything Sam Reeves believed in, everything he knew, everyone he trusted, all would be put on the line. For a family he never knew he had.
Detective Sam Reeves, a 34-year-old martial arts instructor, has a solid fifteen-year record as a good police officer with the Portland Police Department. For the first time, Sam is forced to take a life in the line of duty and despite the findings of “good shoot” he struggles to recuperate psychologically from the killing. Facing up to his fears Sam returns to work and then within days is forced to fire his weapon again— killing two more people.
With his spirit almost broken, Sam meets a stranger … a man who claims to be his father. “Impossible,” Sam reasons—his father died in a North Vietnamese prison camp … a long time ago.
This odd man, named Samuel, is as convincing as he is quirky and is revealed to be a phenomenal martial artist, the likes of which Detective Sam Reeves has never encountered. This ‘Samuel' comes out of nowhere, equipped with a family in Vietnam and a daughter named Mai who is about to graduate from Portland State University.
With a series of interlocked events of violence: a revenge-seeking uncle, the destruction of his martial arts school, his new father's connection to some lethal Vietnamese outlaws, Sam's life spirals into a dreadful new direction. This high-octane martial arts thriller will have you gripped from the start.
You'll never complain about a hard week again.
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.
Reassigned to the Intelligence Unit following his “bad shoot” several months ago, Sam is quickly consumed day and night, trying to deal with his city’s horrors. When he finally gets some leads, he realizes that there’s one big problem. While the bad guys pack bats, knives, and rifles, Sam has a crippling fear about carrying a loaded gun!
One thing is for sure: Sam is about to confront violent haters—and his personal demons—in a showdown that will shake the very foundation of his city.
You think your job is tough? In these stories, Ed faces a man-eating dog, a mixed martial artist, a killer chimp, a 400-pound pimp, white supremacists, gangbangers, and hitmen out to kill him.
All the ladies at the retirement home think Ed is handsome, compassionate, and with charm to spare. They haven’t a clue the 76-year-old is a veteran hitman with over 70 kills.
Ed doesn’t use firearms because he believes there is already too much gun violence. No problem. He knows many other highly-effective ways to do his job. But as much as he denies it, Father Time is diminishing his memory and reflexes. He still does the work, but he’s starting to make mistakes, messy ones.
Making matters worse, after working alone for over three decades, now he’s got a trainee. She’s young, beautiful, with good tactics—but inexperienced. What could go wrong?
"A riveting read packed with fantastic characters, taut action, and excellent dialogue."
"Funny, moving, and brutal."
"If you've read Loren’s Dukkha novels, you know he is a master of dialog, humor, and violence."
“Loren's street and dojo experience shine through! His fiction has the most realistic fight scenes.”