Book review: Musings on Violence: Martial Arts, Self-Defense, Law Enforcement, Warriorhood by Loren W. Christensen

A few weeks ago, I finished reading Loren Christensen’s latest book: Musings on Violence : Martial Arts, Self-Defense, Law Enforcement, Warriorhood. In it, Loren looks back on the last 50 years of his life and he shares  the lessons he learned. The best way to view this book is as a peek inside Loren life, memories and mind. He takes you on a wild ride of all the things he encountered when it comes to violence. Not just as a law enforcement officer but also as a martial artist.

He shares numerous anecdotes and stories of the adventures he lived through. Some of them are hilarious, others are heartbreaking, with a lot of middle ground between these two extremes. Regardless, they all let you look at different aspects of violence, preparing for it and dealing with the aftermath.

Musings on Violence - Martial Arts, Self-Defense, Law Enforcement, Warriorhood by Loren W Christensen

Loren also shares insights and tips on how you can train for handling the kinds of situations he describes. He offers a truckload of valuable and practical information, all of it hard-earned.

It ranges from how to become faster and develop more flexibility to how you should hit the liver to get the best results. Or how you can control your fear when working as a police officer. These are just a handful of examples; the book is filled with so many more.

I’ve known Loren for over 20 years now, have read all his books, we talked both in person, on the phone and via email too many times to count, and I still learned some new things about him. So I’m pretty confident you will too and the same goes for the information he shares:

There’s just so much of it that you’re bound to pick up a few new tricks and concepts.

 

The book is divided into several sections:

  • Martial arts
  • Self-defense
  • Law enforcement
  • Warriorhood

Each section covers numerous topics and tips and you can just read them all in one go if you like. But in my opinioon, the best way to read his book is like this:

  • First, read all the way through. That’ll help you get an overall sense of the information in this book. You’ll probably latch onto one or two things during each reading session; apply these in your next training session.
  • Then, pick it up on a regular basis and just page through it until you find something that inspires you to take a closer look. Read that part and apply in your training once again.
  • Keep on doing that until you’ve covered everything. There’s so much content in this book, it’ll take a few years…

In short, I highly recommend this book and you buy it right here.

 

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Podcast Episode 003: Interview with Loren W. Christensen

This episode is a one-hour, in-depth interview with Loren W. Christensen. Loren is my sometimes co-author, a former police officer, expert martial artist and best-selling author.

The Skype connection wasn’t great, so there’s a slight crackling sound on the line. Nothing we could do about that, sorry.

Show notes:

1. Introduction and training regimen

2. Training advice to young martial artists.

3. Training advice for martial artists in their 40s and 50s.

4. Which books Loren is writing now and what he has planned.

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

6. On traditional arts and vital points.

7. 90% of fights go to the ground?

8. Principles to use against multiple attackers.

9. When is his next novel coming out?

10. Final words.

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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:

Receive an email update when my books are published

 

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
Instagram
Twitter

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

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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.