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Loren Christensens "experience in law enforcement began in 1967 when he served in the army as a military policeman, stationed in both the United States and in Vietnam.  In 1972, after leaving the military, he joined the Portland Police Bureau (Oregon).  As a rookie he began teaching defensive tactics to other officers.  As a police officer he has worked the training unit, the gang unit, dignitary body guarding, and all the precincts as a street officer.  In his retirement, Loren Christensen is a prolific magazine and book writer, former editor of an award winning monthly newspaper called The Rap Sheet, a high-ranking martial artist and a teacher of martial arts to both law enforcement officials and the general public.

 

His articles have appeared in a variety of magazines, to include Soldier of Fortune, Warriors, Bodybuilding, Muscle Up, Blackbelt, Karate Illustrated, Karate International, Police, Law and Order, Chief, The Police Marksman, American Survival Guide, Police and Security News, Martial arts Training and the American Police Beat.  Loren began his martial arts training in 1965 and over the years he has earned 10 black belts, 7 in karate, 2 in jujitsu, 1 in arnis.  As an author of 32 books, Christensen has received high praise for his easy-to-read, informative writing style from readers and book reviewers."  He has authored books such as Deadly Force Encounters: What Cops Need To Know To Mentally And Physically Prepare For And Survive A Gunfight, Gangbangers: Understanding The Deadly Minds Of America's Street Gangs and Winning With American Kata: The New Breed of Competitors.

According to the book description of Deadly Force Encounters: What Cops Need To Know To Mentally And Physically Prepare For And Survive A Gunfight, "In a cop's world it's kill or be killed, but the truth of the matter is that a shooting's aftermath is often the most dangerous time for the cop. This unique life- and career-saving manual contains every shred of critical information the police officer needs to survive the media, investigations and more."

 

According to the book description of The Fighter's Body: An Owner's Manual: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts, "You have an owner's manual for your car, your stereo and even your blender, so why not your body? "The Fighter's Body" is exactly that, an owner's manual for your body, the most complex piece of equipment you will ever own. As a martial artist, you have special needs. Have you ever wondered how that latest fad diet might affect your performance on the mat? Ever wanted to take off a few extra pounds? How about putting on muscle without slowing down? Make weight for a tournament? Lose 5 pounds fast? Eat better? Change weight classes? Confused about supplements, vitamins and protein shakes? Can't make sense of the food pyramid? Don't know where to start? Start here. Author Loren Christensen and personal trainer Wim Demeere combine their knowledge of martial arts, weight training, nutrition, diet and exercise to answer your questions and put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be. This book will answer your questions about important topics including: why some diets are harmful for martial artists; how to calculate your protein needs for training; when and how to use supplements; how to eat at fast food places and not ruin your diet; why it's okay to splurge on 'Dirt Day'; how to safely make weight for a tournament; why HIIT training is essential to weight loss; what to eat on competition days; and, how to create a plan that works and stick to it."

 

According to the book description of Far Beyond Defensive Tactics: Advanced Concepts, Techniques, Drills, and Tricks for Cops on the Street, "This book shows cops how to use proven defensive tactics to stay alive and uninjured, including how to disarm attackers, deal with drunk or drugged subjects, protect their guns, fend off multiple attackers and more."

 

According to the book description of The Way Alone: Your Path To Excellence In The Martial Arts, "A surefire way to increase your motivation, strength, speed, explosiveness, endurance and timing - The Way Alone. This book about solo training includes tips on weight training, practicing reps and kata, bag work and cardiovascular training anytime, anywhere."

 

According to the book description of Anything Goes: Practical Karate For The Streets, Real fights, "are far more explosive and violent than karate sparring matches. The author learned this the hard way as an MP in Saigon, Vietnam. Learn what will and will not work in the streets, and the changes you must make in your training in order to survive. In a real fight there's only one rule: anything goes!"

 

According to the book description of Surviving Workplace Violence: What to Do Before a Violent Incident; What to Do When the Violence Explodes, "Do you work with someone who is unusually angry, antisocial, quick to take offense? If so, this person may be a ticking time bomb, capable of horrific acts of violence on the job. This book provides you with solid information for when gunfire erupts in your office and you need to know what to do right away. Covers what to do before an incident to increase your safety and how to react when violence explodes."

 

According to the book description of Extreme Joint Locking And Breaking: Restraint and Submission Techniques for the Street, "This book isn't about sport fighting, flashy moves or how to become a better person through a martial art. It presents realistic grappling techniques designed to control and restrain through the application of pain to the joints. Its purpose is to provide today's modern warrior - the self-defense oriented martial artist, combat soldier or law enforcement officer - with easy-to-apply techniques that first restrain and then, if taken to their maximum potential, inflict severe physical injury, including torn ligaments and tendons, broken bones and even paralysis or death in extreme cases."

According to the book description of Skinhead Street Gangs, "Written from a cops view, this book explains who the skinheads are, who their targets are, why they are so violent, how and where they operate, what weapons they favor and what danger they pose to society and police."

 

According to the book description of Solo Training 2: The Martial Artist's Guide to Building the Core for Stronger, Faster and More Effective Grappling, Kicking and Punching, "In his follow up to the phenomenally popular "Solo Training", Loren Christensen has dug down deep to come up with hundreds of more ways for you to rev up your training at home or in the gym. "Solo Training 2" kicks off with a focus on building your body's core for stronger, faster and more effective grappling, kicking and punching. A strong core - your shoulders, chest, abs, hips, and back - is the source of your body's power, speed and coordinated movement. As a martial artist, a strong core helps you to get more out of your training and to respond instantly and effectively to the fast changing demands of competition or an explosive street encounter. You'll also get over 100 ways to work your combinations, cheat speed, improve accuracy, fight from unconventional stances, practice grappling when you can't find a partner and get the most out of your mannequin bag. If hundreds of new training drills sound overwhelming, not to worry. "Solo Training 2" wraps up with 8 workouts, each with a specific goal like the Free Hand Power Builder and the Boxer Workout. If you've read your copy of "Solo Training" to tatters, give it a little time off and dig into "Solo Training 2", where Loren Christensen promises to take your fighting techniques and understanding of fighting concepts to a new level."

 

According to the book description of Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline, And Honor, "In recent years "warrior" has become a buzzword. Most often it's used properly, though sometimes its use is a stretch of the definition. To seek out the true meaning of warrior and warriorhood, Loren W. Christensen - retired cop, war veteran, high-ranking martial artist and prolific author - went to the source, to those who live it. The writers who contributed to this work are some of the finest warrior authors, warrior trainers and warrior scholars today. They have been there and done that. Many have fought on the edge of death's yawning orifice, survived, and now teach others to do the same. Some are still in the trenches. Thirty-seven experts tell what it's like to kill, to sacrifice, to train, to fear, and do what needs to be done. Because that is what a warrior does."

 

According to the book description of Timing in the Fighting Arts: Your Guide to Winning in the Ring and Surviving on the Street, "What if there was a secret ingredient that could make every single one of your martial arts techniques better? Not only faster and more powerful, but more likely to slam home to exactly the right target every time. Maybe there is. Timing is the art and science of ending a confrontation as quickly and efficiently as possible. In Timing for the Fighting Arts, authors Loren W. Christensen and Wim Demeere team up to teach you exactly how to get every last ounce of speed and power out of your techniques. Already strong and lightning fast? Prepare to get even better. Whether you want to feel safer on the street or emerge victorious in the ring, this book is packed with inside information essential to defeating your opponent. Every one of these concepts is backed up by drills and practice scenarios so you can go beyond theory and put your new knowledge to work in the ring or on the street where you need it most. If you're ready to take your skills to the next level, Loren and Wim are ready to show you the way"

 

According to the book description of Fighting Power: How To Develop Explosive Punches, Kicks, Blocks, And Grappling, "Find out how to combine the latest techniques with centuries-old secrets, resistance exercises and proper body mechanics to make your punches, kicks, blocks and throws more powerful, as well as to defend yourself against explosive power. Double your fighting power by following this proven training regimen."

 

According to the book description of Gangbangers: Understanding The Deadly Minds Of America's Street Gangs, "Many people in America think that gang violence is concentrated in the inner cities of New York, Los Many people in America think that gang violence is concentrated in the inner cities of New York, Los Angeles and other isolated metropolitan areas. They are mistaken, says Loren Christensen, a veteran Portland, Oregon, gang-enforcement officer. After completing Skinhead Street Gangs, Christensen went back to the streets to see what's happening with gangs, and what he found scared the hell out of him! He found that gangs are everywhere and are here to stay - in the big cities and small towns, in the suburbs and the rural areas, on both coasts and in the heartland. His research also showed that gangs are equal-opportunity destroyers. Their members - and victims - are white, black, Hispanic and Asian. His most disturbing discovery was that gangs are nastier than ever. Ten years ago gangbangers fought with fists, clubs and pistols. Now they have lots of incredible firepower, and they don't think twice about using it. Here, Christensen lets gang members, former gang members and street cops tell you in their own words how gangbangers think, why they are so violent, who they target and what (if anything) can be done to curb the growth of gangs in America."


Deadly Force Encounters: What Cops Need To Know To Mentally And Physically Prepare For And Survive A Gunfight
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The Fighter's Body: An Owner's Manual : Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Far Beyond Defensive Tactics
Loren W. Christensen  More Info
The Mental Edge, Revised
Loren W Christensen  More Info

Way Alone: Your Path To Excellence In The Martial Arts
Loren W. Christensen  More Info
Winning With American Kata: The New Breed of Competitors
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Anything Goes: Practical Karate For The Streets
Loren W. Christensen  More Info
How to Live Safely in a Dangerous World
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Surviving Workplace Violence: What to Do Before a Violent Incident; What to Do When the Violence Explodes
Loren W. Christensen  More Info
How to Live Safely in a Dangerous World: The Most Complete, Practical Guide of Self....
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Fighter's Fact Book: Over 400 Concepts, Principles, and Drills to Make You a Better Fighter
Loren W. Christensen  More Info
Crazy Crooks: Over 700 Anecdotes of Crooks at Their Dumbest!
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

EXTREME JOINT LOCKING AND BREAKING; Restraint and Submission Techniques for the Street
Loren W. Christensen  More Info
Missing Children (The Family)
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Skinhead Street Gangs
Loren W. Christensen  More Info
Hookers, Tricks and Cops
Loren W Christensen  More Info

Solo Training 2: The Martial Artist's Guide to Building the Core for Stronger, Faster and More Effective Grappling, Kicking and Punching
Loren W. Christensen  More Info
Solo Training
Loren W Christensen   More Info

Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline, and Honor
Paladin Press  More Info

Timing in the Fighting Arts:Your Guide to Winning in the Ring and
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Speed Training : How to Develop Your Maximum Speed for Martial Arts
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Fighting Power: How To Develop Explosive Punches, Kicks, Blocks, And Grappling
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Gangbangers: Understanding The Deadly Minds Of America's Street Gangs
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

About the Portland Police Bureau

The Portland Police Bureau maintains five state-of-the-art precincts, with over 1,000 sworn personnel and 350 professional staff. They are the largest police agency in Oregon. A partial list of assignments within the Portland Police Bureau includes: Patrol; Neighborhood response team; School liaison officer; Bicycle patrol; Traffic enforcement; Horse patrol; Domestic violence investigation; Crime analyst; K9 unit;  Drug and vice investigations; Gang enforcement; Air support; Special Emergency Response Team (SERT); and, Explosive Disposal Unit (bomb squad).

 

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