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Mike Young has been a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for over 23 years.  He has taught defensive tactics classes to police officers, SWAT officers, and DEA, ATF and INS Agents.  Mike Young is the author of Martial Arts Techniques for Law Enforcement and Martial Arts Home Training: The Complete Guide to the Construction and Use of Home Training Equipment.

According to the book description of Martial Arts Techniques for Law Enforcement, “Whether you’re a beat cop or a "SWAT team" specialist, you’ll benefit from the tried-and-true methods explained in this book. Destined to become a bible of law enforcement self-defense, Martial Arts Techniques for Law Enforcement offers instruction in techniques and tactics that specifically address the situations unique to police officers. These simple, easy-to-follow lessons teach readers the theory behind strikes and kicks, come-alongs and takedowns, psychological defensive tactics, and techniques including one-hand defenses and defenses.”

One reader of Martial Arts Techniques for Law Enforcement said, “I do not have any martial arts background and I find a lot of martial arts books hard to follow as they have too many maneuvers or require another person to practice with. This book provides useful and easy to follow instructions on how to defend yourself (important for women) and useful tips on how to avoid getting hurt while bringing the assailant down. It is very practical and its short and easy steps are a plus, as in real dangerous situations you don't have enough time to think through complicated maneuvers.”

One reader of Martial Arts Techniques for Law Enforcement said, “I mean it! This is the man! Having been trained at a police academy I can say he knows what he's talking about when he exposes the areas of police training that are neglected at the academy. There are many hits and holds he covers that are very effective that go beyond your academy training which will help you maintain the advantage on the street level. Great book.”

According to the book description of Martial Arts Home Training: The Complete Guide to the Construction and Use of Home Training Equipment, “This book shows readers how to make and use ingenious home training aids--from easy to find objects such as grocery bags, towels, and tires--to enhance their martial arts practice. Included in this book are simple instructions for a wide array of equipment for the home martial arts studio, including: the shadow boxing towel; the footwork, balance and leg developer; the precision blocking stick; heavy-duty striking post; small hanging bag. Martial Arts Home Training also sets out the author Mike Young's patented "rock & roll" training methods for getting the most out of your training equipment and training time. Mike Young also provides a discussion on maintaining the diligent yet playful attitude necessary to get the most from developing home training equipment.”

One reader of Martial Arts Home Training: The Complete Guide to the Construction and Use of Home Training Equipment, said “Mike Young has certainly put together a valuable reference book for martial artists of any style, beginner to advanced practitioner. To his credit, Mike stays away from system-specific dogma and does not tell the reader that they must train a certain way with a certain piece of equipment. In fact, he does the opposite: he explains the dynamics of each piece of training equipment, offers some ideas on how to train with them, then inspires the reader to develop a program that will fit their own specific development needs. Martial Arts Home Training is a book that all martial artists should have in their home or gym bag, and refer to it for ideas and inspiration throughout the years. Blindly following a teacher will get you only so far; you must develop and experience "the feel" of the arts within you, and this book shows you how!”

Martial Arts Techniques for Law Enforcement (Tuttle Martial Arts)
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Martial Arts Home Training: The Complete Guide to the Construction and Use of Home Training Equipment
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One reader of Martial Arts Home Training: The Complete Guide to the Construction and Use of Home Training Equipment, said “Great book for those who want to save money and make their own practice equipment for martial arts training. The author shows in good detail through lots of pictures and explanations how to construct and also use the various pieces of equipment. The best part of this book is that the author himself (an experienced martial artist) has actually tested and used these pieces of equipment for practice to make sure they work the way he intended it to. Some of the equipment used is very simple, from a plastic shopping bag and bath towel, to more intricate ones like the grappling/choking dummy or the heavy-duty striking post. Nonetheless, the equipment shown is basically simple and inexpensive to make, using materials found at most hardware stores. The author also shows in detail, how to use the various equipment and tells of the benefits of training with them. Excellent book for those on a budget and/or don't want to spend the bucks on commercial equipment (i.e. - heavy bag, focus bag, speed bag, etc) but still want to get the most out of their martial arts training at home.”

About the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is the largest sheriff's department in the world. In addition to specialized services, such as the Sheriff's Youth Foundation, International Liaison and Employee Support Services, the Department is divided into ten divisions, each headed by a Division Chief.


 There are three patrol divisions (Field Operations Regions I, II and III), Custody Operations Division, Correctional Services Division, Detective Division, Court Services Division, Technical Services Division, Office of Homeland Security, Administrative Services Division, and Leadership and Training Division.


The Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County was formed in April, 1850. Elections for the office of Sheriff were held annually until 1882, when the term was increased to two years; in 1894 the term was increased to four years. The first Sheriff of Los Angeles County was George T. Burrill and his staff consisted of two Deputies.


Twenty-four men have served Los Angeles County as Sheriff since 1850: nineteen were elected and six were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve the unexpired term of their predecessors. Two were killed in the line of duty. Of those appointed, four were re-elected to the office. The youngest man ever elected to the office of Sheriff was William B. Rowland, who was sworn in when he was 25 years old (in 1871), and was re-elected three times. The record for the longest consecutive service goes to Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, who completed 51 years in the department, from deputy in 1907, to being appointed Sheriff in 1932 and then retiring in 1958. Our previous Los Angeles County Sheriff, Sherman Block, entered the department as a Deputy Sheriff in 1956 and continued up through the ranks until he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to succeed Sheriff Pitchess in 1982. In June of 1982, Sheriff Block was elected to a full four year term as Sheriff of Los Angeles County.







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