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Solo Training: The Martial Artist's Guide to Training Alone [Paperback]

Loren W. Christensen
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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Press (1 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880336596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880336595
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,981 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 shows you over 300 ways you can add variety to your daily martial arts training routine. Whether you are a student looking for fun new solo drills to spice up your home training or an instructor in search of new ways to pump up your classes, you won't be disappointed. This incredible collection of drills, techniques and exercises will take your workouts to the next level. Learn to: Organise your solo workouts to the get maximum results from even the shortest training session; Improve your speed and power with dozens of inside tips and tricks; Beat boredom and get excited about your solo training sessions; Become a well rounded fighter by adding essential skills that your instructor may not be teaching you; Safely experiment with new techniques to find your ideal personal style of training; Get an edge on your opponents with training methods that will make you unstoppable in the ring or on the street. Not only will you learn enough new training strategies and methods to keep you busy for years, but Loren Cristensen's no-nonsense writing style will get you up and moving even on the days you rather skip your solo workout.

Packed with solid advice and kick-butt motivation, this book will become your favourite training partner.

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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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple advice, if you use it 18 Jun 2003
This is the kind of book that mostly has you say "Well... I knew that. And that too...", there's very little in here you haven't heard before or couldn't just figure out yourself. But most of us don't bother to do these kinds of things. The best thing about this book is that it gives a concice list of stuff to do, so if you grasp it and start training, you will benefit a lot. A nice bonus is the fact that L.C. is a good writer and has a lot of martial arts experience both in and out of the dojo. Very recommended book for one who is serious about his training.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the home trainer! 2 Feb 2004
This book is a must for any martial artist training at home either exclusively or to supplement dojo training. The drills are excellent for the solo practioner and new and interesting techniques are also found within it. Unlike other works on the subject the book does not focus overly on expensive equipment and offers a huge variety of training ideas. Also, Christenson's writing style is light-hearted and you feel you are being taught by someone who knows what they are talking about - he is not pretentious or arrogant (a trap many MA authors fall into) and points out clearly problems which you may find with your technique and solutions to them. Trying to train without a partner? You wont find a better manual.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - A brilliant motivator 2 April 2009
By Emma
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I heartily recommend this book. I used to be a bit half-hearted with my home training, but it really helps you understand how to use your home training time to improve your fitness and techniques.

It gives you lots of ideas for exercises to sort out any problems and build up your strengths so you can use your training time more effectively.

Mine's really dog-eared and tattered because I refer to it all the time. It's a great motivational tool too. If I'm sitting in front of the TV and can't be bothered training, I just open a page, read a couple of lines and get excited about working on a technique and hey presto, I can't wait to get up and at 'em.
Love it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Agent33
I bought this book because i was not being able to get to my martial arts classes due to work commitments and wanted some advice and ideas on some training techniques to keep my taining up and progress! And that is exactly what i got...

It is a great book for the beginner to the advanced, giving great ideas for training yourself and others, with limited space, equipment or whatever. It starts From grass roots stuff right through to more indepth detail of some techniques, giving you drills along the way to help improve and hopefully master each technique!

The only flaw is not ever technique has pictures. As much as they are described and thoughtout brilliantly, I feel having a visual reference would have been an added bonus for some practicioners!

For all martial artist I would have to say it is a must have as it helps improve the techniques you already have, gives you insights to new and different techniques, helps you think out the box a little in true Bruce Lee style phylosophy, and most importantly makes you revisit and check your techniques that you may have been doing for years, but forgot the whys, hows, wheres etc...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and find it a great reference book when i need some new training routines on techniques, and it doesnt exactly cost much compared to some, more dogmatic martial arts companion books! Looking forward to purchasing book two!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB BOOK!!! 29 Feb 2008
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The book is great, far more detailed then the other martial arts books i have purchased. It explains all exercises in detail concerning kicks, punches and other drills you can do to improve strength and speed, if you already dont have this title on your bookshelf then get it, you wont regret it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good stuff - but also a lot of filler 21 Mar 2010
I'm a bit undecided about this book - it holds many good ideas and surgestions to drills and execises you can do alone or with a partner.
Unfortunately it also holds some very veird stuff - execises I would not waste time on.

Its devided up in sections covering punches, kick and other stuff - but its written for the expeirinced martial artist - if you don't have trained in a karate club or similar - this is not the book for you.
The authour assumes that you are familiar will all the basic kicks and punches and therefor mostly deals with the more "veird and funny stuff".

What I would have liked more of was more combinatiosn work on bags and the like.
All in all its a good read - but its more like a catalogue over exercises than a cohenent book on fighting.

I think it would have been better if the book had been 20% shorter and more structured about building you up for more specific goals.

Still if you have practised martial arts for a couple of years - there are lots of good stuff here.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to any MA Library 3 Jan 2012
By Ellen P
I found this book hugely useful in devising a routine to improve general condition outside of any Martial arts traning dicipline . The author clearly lays out loads of drills which are beneficial to many striking arts and it is easy to adapt these routines to benefit your needs. The black and white photos are very clear & helpful in illustrating the various drills. The author had a very clear, accessible writing style which in itself motivates you to get going and train & the section on Mental discipline is a great read if the sofa had grabbed more of your attention than it should. The anecdotes Christensen throws in are also entertaining and will you to read on!

All in all- a straight forward easy to read & useful training companion for any MA'ist.
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