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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581605250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581605259
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,308,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Christensen began training in the martial arts in 1965 and continues to this day. Over the years he has earned a total of 11 black belts, eight in karate, two in jujitsu and one in arnis. As a result of his tour in Vietnam and nearly three decades in law enforcement, Mr. Christensen's focus in the martial arts - writing, teaching and training - has always been on street survival, not competition. He has starred in seven martial arts training videos.

In August of 2011, Mr. Christensen was inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame in Anaheim, California, receiving The Golden Life Achievement Award.

As a professional writer since 1978, Mr. Christensen has penned 46 published books with five publishers, dozens of magazine articles, and edited a police newspaper for nearly eight years. He has written on the martial arts, missing children, street gangs, school shootings, workplace violence, riots, police-involved shootings, nutrition, exercise, prostitution, and various street subcultures. His first first fiction--Dukkha: The Suffering--was recently published by YMAA Publications.

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The Brutal Art of Ripping, Poking and Pressing Vital Targets There is nothing pretty or clean about brawling. It hurts, its frightening, its brutal and its ugly. If you accept the fact that all fighting is dirty all the time, then you must take advantage of every dirty trick you can muster. Thats where this book comes in. The ripping, poking, pinching and pressing techniques in this book emphasize quick, vicious delivery to the eyes, throat, ears, groin, ne Full description

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 28 May 2012
Format: Paperback
This book shows you nothing new,in fact he tells readers that the `eyes` are one easy target,poking,gouging etc etc then states you must buy another to really know about some hidden,secret eye strikes. Bloody hell,poke the feckin thing hard,that`s all there is to it. What`s the secret about that,get real.As tough as some maybe,the eyes are the same for everyone.The rest of the book has nothing new,just tells us how great this author thinks he is,self praise is no praise at all. He certainly talks the talk.

I suggest a reality or read G Thompson,`Dead or Alive`, who has "walked the REAL walk."

This man has stood at the door in all weathers, a target for the most violent morons that walked the pavement.
He had no weapons to fall back on,no uniform to hide behind,no radio to summon help from the second biggest gang in the country-law enforcement agency- didn`t have the benefit to wait for back up before getting stuck in or selecting when to get heavy handed. Most of These attackers were not just resisting while being held onto until reinforcements arrive,they were out to fight for real, maim, possibly kill.

Believe me readers in the cold dark night of reality you need `bombs` and tactics when it can change in a split second..

The last place I will be placing my fingers , inside a demented streetfighter`s mouth who has every intention of doing me severe harm.
But you feel free to take the book`s advice.

More constructive info,` while your trying to find and apply the `pressure point,` you will get a `bomb` and wake up in hospital, if your lucky.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A great addition to your self-defense repertoire 6 Dec 2006
By L. A. Kane - Published on
Like all of Christensen's works, this one is very practical. It is also exceptionally well-illustrated with hundreds of clear, easy to understand photographs and packed with nasty, painful, and effective techniques that all serious martial artists ought to know. In fact, when it comes to actual street fighting, these techniques can be just as important as the traditional punches, kicks, locks, and throws that we practice every day.

Whether you study a traditional martial art or a modern combatives system, these applications are a great addition to your repertoire of self-defense techniques. They are all simple, painful, easy to execute with only a few inches of space, give direction to the attacker, and have both psychological and physical shock value. You will learn how to cause pain using your fingers, knuckles, knees, shin, and forehead to pinch, twist, rip, hook, claw, press, and flick vital targets. Contents are organized by the part of the body you will attack: head, arms/shoulders, torso, groin, legs, and feet.

Unlike many technique books, the author not only explains "how", but also tells "why" and, more importantly, "when" you should consider using these applications. Throat attacks, for example, can be extraordinarily dangerous. Similarly, eye attacks can not only cause a great deal of damage, but also play poorly in court. Christensen not only teaches you how to do these things but also puts you mind in the right place to know when to use them wisely.

No dojo darling, the author not only knows his stuff but has successfully used it in real life as well. Christensen began his martial arts training in 1965, earning 10 black belts over the years, 7 in karate, 2 in jujitsu, and 1 in arnis. A retired police officer with 29 years experience in military and civilian law enforcement, he specialized in street gangs, defensive tactics, and dignitary protection. He is the author of more than 30 books on the martial arts, self-defense, law enforcement, nutrition, prostitution, and post traumatic stress disorder. His book On Combat, which he co-authored with Lt .Col. Dave Grossman, is mandatory reading at the United States War College in Washington, DC.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic book which will be of interest to martial artists, Combative Instructors, and Law Enforcement instructors. 6 Aug 2010
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are into the sports aspect of the martial arts, this may not be the book for you. However, if you are involved in the combative and reality based street combat and law enforcement fields, this is a book you should have in your personal library.

This book deals with pure no-nonsense defense and offense combat techniques. They are not pretty, but real life fighting is not pretty. The author is well known in the self-defense and combatives fields. He has put out an enormous amount of material in his books and DVDs. In fact, besides this book, he also has a companion DVD on this topic. This volume covers numerous ripping, poking and pressing techniques from the top of the face/head area to the feet. He demonstrates how to counter punches, head locks, chokes and many other attack situations by using various types of pinching, ripping, poking and pressing target areas.

As a retired police officer I especially liked how he combined numerous law enforcement control holds and ground lock ups with the pinching, ripping, poking and pressing vulnerable areas of the body.

In conclusion, this book combined with his DVD on the same topic, will provide vital information to help you survive and win on the street. Besides martial artists, and self-defense instructors, law enforcement officers and trainers will benefit from the informtion.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Pro-Systems Combatives Vol. 1,2).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Practical, realistic, and sometimes extremely brutal, techniques for real self-defense! 17 Mar 2008
By Alain B. Burrese - Published on
"The Brutal Art of Ripping, Poking, and Pressing Vital Targets" by Loren W. Christensen is a book full of what some people would call dirty fighting techniques. But as Christensen points out, all fighting is dirty. This is not sport, it's fighting. In the ugliness that is a street fight, techniques to the eyes, throat, ears, groin, nerve points, and other acutely vulnerable targets are not foul, but necessary to ensure you go home unhurt and it is your attacker that regrets attacking you.

While this book is over 270 pages, it has less written words than many of Christensen's books. There are over 400 clear photographs illustrating the techniques Christensen provides in this text. Christensen's criteria for techniques included in this book were that they be simple, they hurt, they are executable within just a few inches of space, they give direction to the attacker, and they have psychological and physical shock value.

The book is full of pictures of simple applications of ripping, poking, pinching, twisting and pressing. These techniques may not be the first that come to mind when people think of fighting. Punching, kicking, and grappling probably top most people's lists. Well, after reading this book, you won't think a pinch is just a pinch any longer. Christensen's techniques include things such as pinching your attacker's eyelid and snapping your hand back as if you are ripping a bandage off a wound. Or how about going Mike Tyson on your opponent's ear by chomping his ear with prejudice? Christensen advises that you tear into his ear like a dog on a rabbit, jerking your head from side to side.

These are the kinds of techniques this book is full of. These techniques are not pretty, there are not flashy for the movie screen, but these techniques could just save your life. In real fights, you don't know what you are going to be able to do. You often just take what you can get and count your blessings that you were able to get that. These techniques may be the only ones you have opportunity to use, and if you read this book, add the techniques to your repertoire, and practice them so that you can use them when needed, they may be just the thing that turns the table on your attacker and provides you with the arsenal to be the victor in an otherwise drastic situation.

This book has nothing to do with sport. However, if you are interested in practical, realistic, and sometimes extremely brutal, techniques for real self-defense, this book belongs on your self-defense book shelf. Just make sure you read it, and practice what it contains.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author, speaker
Hard-Won Wisdom From The School of Hard Knocks, Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, and The Lock On Joint Locking series
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Definitely brutal 11 Jan 2007
By Lisa A. Place - Published on
I have all of Christensen's books and DVDs and love every one of them. This book is no exception. Great photos, easy to follow text, and as always, fun to read. He has a dark humor that is often laugh out loud funny.

Some of these moves are nasty enough to end a situation right here and now and others are tricks to save the day when other more common techniques aren't working.

Just the techniques for pinching and ripping the eyelids are worth the cost of the book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Loren W. Christensen, nuff said 3 Oct 2010
By Jujitsu enthusiest - Published on
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If you've read any of Loren W. Christensen's books, then you know he's one of the best writers on reality based self-defense. I have four of his books, and they're all top notch. I've studied and practiced Jujitsu for 32 years, and Mr. Christensen's tactics and techniques only serves to enhance my own knowledge. What he teaches goes good with any martial art or self-defense system.
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