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ANYTHING GOES: PRACTICAL KARATE FOR THE STREETS
Author: Loren W. Christensen
Publisher: PALADIN PRESS, Jan 2009
Exposes the weaknesses of popular techniques used in sparring competition & shows what will work to stop a determined opponent. Goes beyond unrealistic tournament guidelines, including grappling, vulnerable targets & using the environment as a weapon. Photos & illus; 6x9 inches, 174 pgs.
In 1969, Loren Christensen, an accomplished sparring competitor in karate tournaments, began duty as a military policeman in one of the roughest cities in the world ? Saigon, Vietnam. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for a martial artist to test his skill & see what did & did not work in a real fight. After only one week of patrolling the streets, getting into a half-dozen or more confrontations every night, Christensen realized he had to scrap everything he'd ever learned from controlled karate tournaments in order to survive his tour of duty.
Christensen learned the hard way that the concept of competition karate ? move around, sneak in & tag a point ? could get him seriously hurt or killed. He learned that real fights were explosive & far more violent than karate sparring matches. When he returned home in 1970, he quit training in sport karate & devoted himself to making his training as realistic as possible.
Anything Goes is a distillation of the physical, mental & philosophical adjustments a martial artist must make in order to survive the violence of a real fight. Christensen exposes the weaknesses of popular hand techniques & kicks commonly used in sparring competition & shows what will work to stop a determined opponent. He covers areas of self-defense that go beyond unrealistic tournament guidelines, including grappling, vulnerable targets & using the environment as a weapon. Finally Christensen offers training tips & sparring drills that will sharpen the skills necessary to come out on top of any physical confrontation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Loren Christensen began his law enforcement career in 1967 when he served in the army as a military policeman in the United States & in Vietnam. He joined the Portland, Oregon, Police Bureau in 1972 & retired in 1997. During those years, he specialized in street gangs, defensive tactics, dignitary protection, & patrolling the bizarre streets of skid row. He now writes full time & teaches martial arts.