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Fighting Power: How to Develop Explosive Punches, Kicks, Blocks and Grappling Paperback – 28 Feb 1999

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S. (28 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087364901X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873649018
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,184,922 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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Loren Christensen began his law enforcement career 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 retired in 1997. During those years, he specialized in street gangs, defensive tactics, dignitary protection, and patrolling the bizarre streets of skid row. He now writes full time and teaches martial arts.


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I am becoming a real fan of Mr Christensen's books,you can't help but feel that he is writing with some considerable practical experience in the fighting arts and he conveys his experiences and his information gained from them to the reader in a way that keeps you intrested.His ideas in this book are first class,most are very original and you can't wait to try them out.Also you can see that they are very specific to the martial arts,you can see how the exercises will aid you and enhance you skills.This is one of the best books I have read on this subject and I think any martial artist regardless of style will find something appropriate to them.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d49d15c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d30fba0) out of 5 stars Good coverage but training information is old 17 Feb. 2003
By G. Klimanis - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to start this review by complimenting the author on his
enthusiasm and depth, his coverage of breaking tricks and his useful coverage of an unrelated topic: fighting strategy. For that, 5 stars. For the propagation of old information, 1 star.
Most of the "strength" training information provided is actually that used by body builders to increase muscle mass: medium high
weight, 10 reps/set, 30 secs rest between sets, train to failure. Powerlifters do not train this way, but narcissists do. The author mentions a few descriptions of strength
training, such as the paragraph on Gracie's weight lifting
and another instance of low reps/high weight/big rest training
program. Also, he mentions fast twitch muscle fiber development, but usually in the wrong training context,
such as endurance training. Fast twitch fibers deliver a high
force output over short durations and are quickly exhausted.
You can't train for endurance *and* power without sacrificing
the other.
The author also presents a forearm exercise routine
to increase grip strength. That's just mean. This makes me doubt that this book was written from personal experience.
He does write one paragraph on brick holding to increase
pinch grip power, but WAY more should be written on
finger and hand strength in a book on power training.
Check out John Brookfield's book on grip training.
Wrist weight and dumbbell air punching is just plain ol' backwards and dangerous. You really want to avoid training
muscles to slow down additional weight. So, you would train
either to throw the weight or have it decelerated by a target
such as a heavy bag. This external deceleration is the entire value of heavy bag training, and the author should know better.
Dumbell punching is the opposite of heavy bag training. To give him credit, the author does mention the use of punching weights into a heavy bag and throwing weights.
The routines provided will increase your power, but not as
efficiently as other methods. The author should
study modern strength and conditioning and update his book.
_Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning_ by Baechle and Earle . I anxiously await his second edition.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc39eb8) out of 5 stars One of a kind 24 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of martial artists out there who think their fists and feet are dynamite. Well, they are in for a big surprise when they have to defend themselves and find the attacker still standing and looking at them. Follow the advice in this great book and you will make your techniques powerful. Christensen explains and demonstrates dozens of exercises that will make your techniques powerful. In one chapter he discusses how various systems develop power and in another he discusses many ancient exercises as to whether they are still valid today. I've been training for a long time and I highly recommend this book.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In his best-selling book Speed Training, Loren Christensen showed you how to develop lighting-quick hands and feet. In Fighting Power, he turns his attention to power.
But your goal in developing power for the fighting arts is not to be able to lift heavy weights; it is to increase the power of your blocks, punches, kicks and throws. In this book, Christensen shows you how to
Combine the most up-to-date modern techniques with classic exercises to increase flexibility and striking power. Use resistance exercises, such as free weights, dynamic tension and plyometrics, to make you quicker and stronger. Properly use body mechanics, especially hip rotation, to double your power. Master Bruce Lee's patented one-inch punch to knock down opponents of any size. Defend yourself against someone who already has extraordinary power.
Maximize your fighting power by following this training regimen and start seeing results immediately.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d30ffd8) out of 5 stars Great Advice for the Novice 18 May 2005
By K.H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While, as one reviewer states, some of this information is old, does not mean that the information is useless. I am still so surprised to run into martial artist, of all ranks, who do not crosstrain their bodies by adding heavey bag workouts and weight training.

While I do have some minor disagreements, all in all, this book is worth five stars for those who have traveled down the road to increase one's martial skills outside the dojo. Often I find martial artists, at the gym I attend, lazyly working on a heavy bag and in no way increasing their power, speed or stamina. This book may enlighten some of these more lazy or ignorant karateka and provide them some extra tools to train harder and smarter (I do not use the word ignorant here as a pagorative - we all have learning to do).

The chapter on weight trainingg is still needed. Yes, progress has been made in the last 25 years (I grew up in the era that weights slowed you down mindset), but we still need to spread the word that weight training is beneficial for martial arts. I have ran into many people, although less than during my initial training, who do not value any kind of resistance training. Many of them are surperb athiletes - how much more they could excell with this author's advice.

Other chapters are good as well and after one reads this book, I hope they will continue to train and read other texts to increase their martial skills and add to the material presented here.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d2e80f0) out of 5 stars Right On! 21 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read other books on this subject but this one was the best by far. I've been following the book's exercizes and my punches and kicks have been more powerful and I could be able to take a good punch to my stomach and chest! Even if you're not a trained fighter or in enrolled in any martial arts programs, this book still gives you an edge and a lot of confidence!
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