Solo Training Paperback – Jan 1 2001
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About the Author
Loren W. Christensen has been studying the martial arts since 1965. This is Mr. Christensen's 11th book on the fighting arts. Mr. Christensen's experience in law enforcement began 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 while still a rookie on probation, he began teaching defensive tactics to officers. Over the years, he worked the training unit, the gang unit, dignitary body guarding, and all the precincts as a street officer. He is now a full-time writer and a teacher of realistic martial arts to citizens and people in law enforcement.
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I was 19 years old when I began studying karate in Portland, Oregon, and I fell in love with it the first time I saw that room full of people dressed in their white 'jammies', kicking and punching like a chorus line of dancers gone mad. Read the first page
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Christensen is probably the funniest martial arts writer there is. His humor is as disarming as his information is right on and exactly what you want to know. He was an MP in Vietnam and a street cop in Portland, Oregon, so he knows what he is talking about, too. All of his martial arts books are aimed toward the street, meaning his stuff is practical.
Solo Training has tons of information that will make your solo workout productive and a real leaning experience. Not only does he give the reader many drills and exercises, but he has provided a dozen complete workouts for you to follow. He shows some techniques that I haven't seen in my 12 years of practice, and he shows subtle variations on the old standbys that makes them even more effective.
I've always thought that if I learn one thing from a book, it was worth the money. In Solo Training there are dozens and dozens of techniques, drills, exercises and fighting concepts to do. There is even a section on mental training and one on cross training in other activities.
As he did in Fighter's Fact Book, Christensen presents his material in a conversational tone, with humor that made me laugh out loud several times. His bio says that he used his martial arts in Vietnam and on the street as a cop for 25 years. It shows in his street approach to training and his lack of bravado.
It's a wonderful book and as a guy who has been training for a long time and owns lots of martial arts books, I highly recommend it. And Fighter's Fact Book, too.
This book is an exciting (yes, his writing is that good!) and enthusiastic exploration of training methods and techniques for training alone, outside of class time. Christensen's exercises and drills are easy to learn, and are the key to becoming excellent in your sport. Within a very short amount of time, you will find yourself surpassing any personal goals of fitness and competency. You will also be surprising your fellow students and instructor with your incredibly enhanced improvement.
No matter what style, no matter what belt, and no matter how many years you have practised, you will never have been able to grasp the whole picture of martial arts without reading Solo Training. This is one hell of a book, one you will find yourself turning to again and again. Thank-you Loren Christensen!
Although many martial artists may be familiar with a large number of the drills and exercises in the book, I believe that everybody will find dozens of new ways to improve their solo training among the hundreds covered, or ways to make their solo training more interesting.
If you're not doing extra training on your own outside of your classes, you should be - you lazy slacker. This book will help to get you started, and keep you motivated. Other books by Loren Christensen you should check out are The Fighter's Fact Book and The Way Alone.
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the workouts are simple, quick and very effective! I love this book it is full of wisdom, humor and is organized so you can find specifics quickly
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Just a quick note to say that Solo Training is easily the best martial arts book I have. Ive been training for 10 years and I found that Christensen presents a ton of variations on... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003
If you've spent any period of time studying martial arts, a lot of this book will ring "duh!" to you. It's nothing revolutionary. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by Joe Birsa
Straightforward. Basic-to-intermediate training techniques. I have used this book as a guide to building different workouts for myself. Read morePublished on May 23 2003
Christensen provides a great reference tool for those of us who desire to augment our martial arts training. Read morePublished on April 12 2003
Christensen has it down to a science with this classic work on martial arts training for the do-it-your-selfer. Study and train at home, then head out and show off your skills. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002 by Duke Smith
I've been training in goju ryu for 12 years and have collected about 120 books. Solo training is easily my favorite book so far. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2002
This book is nothing special. Anyone who knew anything about fighting would already know everything in this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2001