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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Pr (Jan. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880336596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880336595
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on Jan. 15 2004
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Solo Training: The Martial Artist's Guide To Training Alone by expert and experienced martial arts instructor Loren Crhistensen (who has served as a military policeman in the United States and Vietnam as well as taught self-defense tactics as a member of the Portland, Oregon police bureau), is a superbly written and presented instructional guide to organizing solo workouts for improved speed, power, agility, variety, and flexibility. Offering over 325 techniques, drills, and exercises, along with practical advice for avoiding boredom, keeping exercise and training routines fresh, and maintaining personal martial arts skills honed, pack the pages of this enthusiastically recommended and thoroughly "user friendly" training supplement specially designed for martial artists at any skill and experience level from the novice to the professional.
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This is easily the best martial arts book I have, and I own many. It ranks right up there with Christensen's Fighter's Fact Book. One reviewer said it didn't have a lot of pictures so he couldn't follow. I found the 70 pictures that are in it satisfactory, and his explanations to be absolutely clear. That reviewer may be happier with a picture book, not one that makes the reader think.
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.
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By Dan on May 18 2001
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Solo Training is a wonderful book that every martial artist, teacher and student, should have in his or her library. In a nutshell, it answers the question "What can I do when I want to workout by myself?" Not only does Christensen answer that question, he teaches you lots of new techniques and fighting concepts along the way, and ways to motivate yourself.
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.
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Solo Training is fantastic! What an amazing teacher Loren Christensen is; he is the martial arts instructor you have always dreamed about. And while his previous books set a new standard in martial arts writing, Solo Training may yet be his masterpiece.
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!
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There is no secret to skill in the martial arts. If you want to get better at something, you have to spend time practicing it. In Solo Training, Loren Christensen provides literally hundreds of solo drills and routines for practicing a wide variety of martial arts skills and developing the physical and mental attributes necessary to apply them effectively when it counts.
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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By Shawn L Reynolds on July 20 2001
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Solo training is a quality book that is helpful, useful for street situations, and much needed, especially for those of us who are not in a buyer's market in martial arts dojos. The criticisms about a lack of pictures is really unnecessary. This book is not intended to be Karate for Kids, a beginners guide, and I really don't need another book showing me how to do a front kick. This is also good, because the book can be used by any striking systems and not limited to just one; kung fu, karate, or Tai Kwon Do. I think this book is a must for teachers, motivated students, and especially people like me who are on a tropical island too far away from a choice dojo at the moment, and have no choice but to train solo. Thank you mr. Christensen
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