Webcast 004: My books and Q&A

It took a while but here is webcast 004, in which I talk a bit about my books and answer some questions. I ran a bit long in this episode, 50min instead of 30, because I wanted to be thorough in my answers instead of glossing over the questions. So grab a drink, take a seat and I hope you enjoy my yapping into the the microphone…

Here’s the episode guide and all the relevant links are below in the content guide.


Content guide:

1. Update:

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2. My books. 5min, 25sec.

The Fighter’s body

Timing in the fighting arts

The Fighter’s Guide to Hardcore Heavy Bag Training and also the companion video.

Martial arts, self-defense and a whole lot more

Horrible Endings

Hong Kong Brawl and also this article for more information.


3. Q&A 29min, 45sec.

Jose’s question: Power/Control video


4. Get in touch. 51min, 40sec.
New book/video email notification list
Facebook Page

Thanks again for watching and I hope you enjoyed it. Please like and share if you want to help the webcast grow. As I said, for the next episode I’m planning to interview Marc “Animal” MacYoung, so stay tuned for that one.


Webcast 003: Interview with Loren W. Christensen, Part 2

Here’s, as promised, Part 2 of the interview I did with Loren W. Christensen. If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

Let’s jump right in, here’s the second part:


Content guide:

1. Q&A Sports based striking techniques for self-defense.

The Fighter’s Guide To Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training

The Fighters VIDEO Guide to Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training

Solo Training: The Martial Artist’s Guide to Training Alone

Solo Training 2: The Martial Artist’s Guide to Building the Core for Stronger, Faster, and More Effective Grappling, Kicking, and Punching

Solo Training 3: 50 And Older

Lawrence A. Kane

Self-Defense Against A Dog Attack


2. On traditional arts and vital points. 10min, 18sec

Brutal Art of Ripping, Poking & Pressing

The Brutal Art of Ripping, Poking & Pressing Vital Targets: The Video

Combat Sanshou: The Punishing Chinese Fighting Art, Part 2: Kicking (features the “bicycle kick”)


3. 90% of fights go to the ground? 16min, 50 sec.

The myth of 90 percent of fights end up on the ground


4. Principles to use against multiple attackers.  23min, 40sec.


5. When is his next novel coming out? 26min30sec.

Dukkha: The Suffering (A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller)

Dukkha Reverb: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Dukkha Unloaded: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Dukkha: Hungry Ghosts: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Old Ed

Old Ed 2


6. Final words.

Loren’s site

Loren .W. Christensen books and videos

Loren on Facebook


A special thanks to the people on my Facebook page for the questions. Sorry I couldn’t get to all of them, but we were at the 30 min. mark already. There will be more interviews along the line, so you’ll get another shot in the near future.


Self-defense against a dog

Self-defense against a dog is something a lot of people worry about and rightfully so. I just came across a video that illustrates perfectly how to do it wrong.

Have a look at this first:

Now you can argue that the dog owner should have kept his dog on a leash, he has no control over them, should have done this or that, etc. But that’s all besides the point when you look at the original cause of the problem:

The idiot who throws crap at the dogs/dog owner.

I wrote about this type of behavior in this article, in particular in tip #4: Get over yourself. It’s these kinds of self-righteous acts, oblivious to the potential repercussions, that lead to so many people ending up in a world of hurt. This guy is a prime example.

You want to avoid the need for self-defense against a dog? Don’t throw crap at a dog. It’s that simple.

Or in other words: don’t be an asshole. Leave dogs alone.

That said, there is indeed a need for practical self-defense techniques against a dog so I don’t want to leave you hanging. Check out this e-book my co-author Loren W. Christensen wrote, titled “Self-Defense Against a Dog Attack.” It’s not expensive and covers a lot of useful information on how dogs attack and what you can do to defend yourself against that.

Self-defense Against a Dog

Click the image to get this book

Loren was trained to handle dogs back in his army days as an MP, so he knows of what he speaks. As a former police officer in Portland, he also had plenty of experience dealing with such attacks. So his book is a great place to get you started on this topic.


Book review: Evolution of Weaponry

Book review: “Evolution of Weaponry” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen


book review Evolution of Weaponry by Lt. Col Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen

Click the image to buy “Evolution of Weaponry” by Lt. Col Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen

The aim of the book is to give you an overview of the different ways mankind has found to most effective kill his fellow man. As the authors state in the introduction: any weapon that survives throughout time is the result of a Darwinian selection process. If it becomes useless in combat, it is discarded. If it keeps on working or works better than what was used before, then it is kept as a valuable weapon. Evolution of Weaponry gives you an overview of how that evolution actually went.


The book starts with a glossary of terms that will be used throughout the rest of the text. Then chapter one covers weapons as a means of overcoming physical and psychological limitations. On a physical level this means the need for force, mobility, speed and distance. Regarding the psychological aspect, the authors explain how man’s innate resistance to killing is an important factor in warfare. They go on to talk about the research behind this statement and all the ways the military have of using a psychological weapon to overcome it, which includes topics like:

  • Posturing
  • Distance
  • Mobility
  • Leaders
  • Groups
  • Conditioning and stress inoculation

Perhaps the most interesting part is the case study, in which these aspects are demonstrated from actual accounts.


Chapter two tackles how weapons evolved throughout the ages. This starts with the chariot and the phalanx and goes all the way to the concept of solid, fluid and gaseous phases. In part three, you’ll learn some more about the evolution of combat and domestic violent crime. This chapter explains several key concepts and offers a bunch of statistics to give you even more information. The book ends with a conclusion on the future of weapons evolution.



This book is a good primer on the topic of weapons and everything that is involved with them, primarily their use in war. It gives a solid overview of the most important historical facts and concepts you need to know to get a basic understanding of the topic. Of course, there is a lot more to all this but that’s not what this book tries to cover. You can see it as a starting point for further reading and studying, a map to help you on your way to more knowledge. In that regard, this is a most excellent source of information.

Highly recommended.

Book review: Evolution of Weaponry



Q&A with Loren W. Christensen on his first novel: Dukkha: The Suffering

Loren’s first novel came out a while ago and I finished reading it not so long ago. I enjoyed the book and asked him if he wanted to do aquick Q&A. He graciously agreed and here’s the result. Enjoy!

Q&A with Loren W. Christensen on his first novel:

Dukkha: The Suffering


Q: What made you decide to write a novel after well over 40 books of non-fiction?

A: I’ve written 45 nonfiction books, all the while itching to try fiction, in the same way some actors want to direct. However, I’ve learned in the writing biz that certain projects are all about timing. For example, I co-wrote ON COMBAT with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman in 2003, a complex book that I couldn’t have written in the ‘90s, probably not even in 2000. But in 2003, the experience I had gained from previous writing, such as interviewing, researching, and creating readable text out of transcripts, made it possible to tackle the 31-month project.

Likewise with DUKKHA: THE SUFFERING. I couldn’t have done it in 2000. By the time I began writing it in 2009, however, I’d read lots of how-to-write fiction literature, studied the styles of just under a kuhzillion novelists, and had matured to a place where I was comfortable creating a storyline. With those things under my belt, the novel just fell into place. Okay, it didn’t “fall into place.” It came out of my pores along with buckets of sweat and blood. And tears. And curses.

Q: Was there a specific event that triggered the idea for the story?

A: There are three shootings in the story. The one that triggers all of Sam’s emotional turmoil (duukha) was based on a real incident that happened here in Portland, one that shook the PD to its core and traumatized the citizens for months. I think I started writing with that incident in mind and built around it.

Q: What are the similarities, if any, between you and Sam?

A: There is a little of me in Sam, though he’s 30 years younger. He’s a police officer, as I was for nearly 29 years, and he’s a martial arts teacher, as I have been for the last 47 years. Also, Sam is a good cop, but not always. Sometimes his martial arts work wonderfully and other times not so good. That was my experience as well. [Read more…]