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.


How to Train the Double Jab on the Focus Mitts

One of my favorite techniques is the double jab so I decided to make a “How to” guide on how to train it on the focus mitts. The mitts are great for this as they give you many different ways to practice that particular technique. So you can practice all the variations you can think of and make the double jab a useful tool for you.

There are lots of reasons to use the double jab but these are the main ones why I use it:

  • Against taller opponents to fight my way in.
  • To break the rhythm of combinations.
  • As suppressive fire while retreating and especially when circling away.
  • To provoke a reaction without overcommiting to a technique and therefor having the opportunity to capitalize on that reaction.

In this guide, I’ll only cover three basic methods. These are the ones I think you should practice before trying other variations. I’ll explain why here below but first, take a look at the video:

It’s usually best to start this type of training with the pad man stationary and you moving in and out with the punches. Once you’re comfortable with that, the pad man should start moving around so you have to use footwork that is closer to what you use in a real fight. but to at first, have him stand still while you practice getting the technical details right, make sure you have good distancing and timing, hit the target well and so on.

The final part is putting together combinations using the double jab either as a starting point or as an exit strategy. Here are some examples: [Read more…]

Roots of fight

I just stumbled on this cool website called Roots of Fight. It looks like it’s a blend between documentary videos and an on-line gear shop. It mixes the two quite nicely so don’t be surprised you end up buying some of their T-shirts. That said, the videos are well worth watching because they feature a bunch of well known fighters in a range of sports: muay Thai, MMA, boxing and more.

Click on this link to see a bunch of them but also take a look at their blog.


Here are a couple of videos I enjoyed the most:

First one is of course the incomparable Bas Rutten, explaining how he ended up breaking the shin bone of an opponent in a leg lock:


But my favorite is of course this one on Mike Tyson with comments by Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin and Ray Mancini: [Read more…]