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In his follow up to the phenomenally popular Solo Training, Loren Christensen has dug down deep to come up with hundreds of more ways for you to rev up your training at home or in the gym. Solo Training 2 kicks off with a focus on building your body's core for stronger, faster and more effective grappling, kicking and punching.

A strong core - your shoulders, chest, abs, hips, and back - is the source of your body's power, speed and coordinated movement. As a martial artist, a strong core helps you to get more out of your training and to respond instantly and effectively to the fast changing demands of competition or an explosive street encounter.

You'll also get over 100 ways to work your combinations, cheat speed, improve accuracy, fight from unconventional stances, practice grappling when you can't find a partner and get the most out of your mannequin bag.

If hundreds of new training drills sound overwhelming, not to worry. Solo Training 2 wraps up with 8 workouts, each with a specific goal like the Free Hand Power Builder and the Boxer Workout.

If you've read your copy of Solo Training to tatters, give it a little time off and dig into Solo Training 2, where Loren Christensen promises to take your fighting techniques and understanding of fighting concepts to a new level.

Other books by Loren W. Christensen:
The Fighter's Body: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts
The Fighter's Fact Book
The Fighter's Fact Book 2: Street Fighting Essentials
Solo Training: The Marital Artist's Guide to Training Alone
Solo Training 2
Timing in the Fighting Arts
Defensive Tactics
Street Stoppers: The Martial Arts Most Devastating Trips Sweeps and Throws for Real Fighting
How to Fight the Pain Resistant Attacker
Total Defense - Grappling and Striking Defenses Against Common Street Attacks
Fight Back - A Woman's Guide to Self-defense that Works
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  • By: Loren W. Christensen
  • Pages: 336 pages
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Average Customer Review: 5 Based on 3 Reviews.

Oct 31, 2008
outstanding follow-up to Solo Training 5

Reviewer: Lawrence Kane from WA

This tome is an outstanding follow-up to Mr. Christensen's best selling book Solo Training (2001), sort of an advanced solo training manual. I think it is even better than its predecessor, chocked full of useful tips you can implement right away to improve your performance in any martial art. There are exercises to develop functional fighting strength in every part of your body. Most of these can be done alone though some require a partner. Some require training aids (e.g., weights, Body Opponent Bag) while others can be do not. There are some neat icons throughout which call your attention to cautions (e.g., extra care items), workout tips (e.g., critical information), important information (e.g., reasons behind the drills), partner drills, and training tips (e.g., stuff you can focus on for maximum impact). These icons make it easy to reference important information after you read it the first time.

Section one is all about building a powerful foundation to facilitate employing your art in tournament or combat. Subjects include developing powerful abs, innovative pushups, bench press exercises, leg development, core strength development for grappling arts, and grip strengthening. There are also some mental conditioning exercises as well-walking meditation, creation/use of mental triggers, and developing a powerful mindset-something rarely covered in this type of book. There is nothing really earth shattering here, just solid, practical advice.

The best part of this first section is called "41 Ways to Prevent and Relieve Pain." I consider it an absolute must read for all us aging martial artists, especially practitioners of the hard arts such as karate, tae kwon do, judo, or jujitsu. It includes icing tricks, stretching, and conditioning exercises to prevent and relieve injuries to knees, shoulders, back, and other commonly injured areas.

Section two covers some excellent methods to practice fighting without a training partner, including ways to attack and defend from the "I don't want to fight" posture, stances, innovative solo grappling practice methods, combinations, accuracy, BOB bag techniques, and ways to cheat speed. The differences between practice and real fighting are covered along with more mental techniques and things you can do before a tournament to become more successful. This is the really advanced stuff you won't find anywhere else; well worth the price of admission.

Section three contains some great ideas for 15-, 20-, and 35-minute workouts. The very last section (after the conclusion) is titled "Random Thoughts to Ponder" is quite short, but a really cool way to wrap up the work. It is also really insightful.

Christensen really knows his stuff. He began his martial arts training in 1965 and over the years has earned 10 black belts, 7 in karate, 2 in jujitsu, 1 in arnis. As the author of 29 books, he is one of my all time favorite martial arts authors. But I am not alone, he has also received high praise for his easy-to-read, informative writing style from readers and book reviewers in the United States, France and Russia. He is a retired police officer with some 30 years experience in military and civilian law enforcement.

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Oct 30, 2008
Solo Training 2 5

Reviewer: Michal Barda from Czech Republic

I consider ‚Fighter‘s Fact Book‘, ‚Fighter’s Fact Book 2‘ and ‚Solo Training‘ to be staples in any martial artist’s library, so I was curious if Christensen can hold high standard he had set with his previous books. He can do exactly that – and more.

I was pleasantly surprised that just as ‚Fighter’s Fact Book 2‘ is more street-oriented than the first volume, the same thing happened to Solo Training. This book is definitely aimed at self-defense training, not at winning tournaments.

After an introduction, author moves on to section entitled ‚Building a powerful foundation‘. Subsections like ‚11 Ways to develop powerful fighting Abs‘, ‚48 Ways to build a bone crushing grip‘ and so on are what will you find here. The focus is broad, from bench pressing to preventing training injuries to creating mental triggers, everything is well described, with an occasional joke or a ‚war story‘ to lighten things up. Sidebar notes and symbols also help with orientation in the text – especially if you just want to quickly look up something you have forgotten.

Section two, ‚Sharpening the warrior’s edge‘, is not so basic. Defending yourself from disadvantaged positions like leaning against a wall, sitting or kneeling, verbal deescalating of upcoming conflicts, creating illusions of distance, increasing accuracy, making solo training more street-oriented... I enjoyed this part immensely. Christensen uncovers things that are rarely brought up in common books about self-defense and even seminars often overlook them – the title ‚Sharpening the warrior’s edge‘ is definitely fulfilled.

Last part of the book describes eight different solo workouts, from weight-using strenght-builder to a mental commitment training for women.

I train for more than ten years in various martial arts and self-defense systems, from Taijutsu to Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, but this book definitely helped me to go further. I wish I had this book five years ago... it would save me some nasty experiences.

Final verdict? This book may easily be the best „How to train for street... on your own“ work I have read up to this date. Get it, read it, train it – and you will be better fighter. Period.

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May 13, 2007
This book is well worth the money 5

Reviewer: Daniel Alix from OR
I have read lots of martial arts books by different authors, and there is no doubt that Loren Christensen's books are the best for giving no-nonsense approaches that are both original and useful. This book is no exception to that. As a matter of fact, I'd venture to say that it's probably Christensen's best. It has a lot of excellent ideas about training alone, as well as hundreds of practical exercises. Some of the techniques he discusses are easy enough that you can practice then here and there throughout the day, while others will leave you drenched in sweat. I'm particularly impressed with the practical approaches to street defense, such as the section entitled "9 Ways to Attack & Defend from the I-Don't-Want-To-Fight Stance" and "5 Everyday Fighting 'Stances'". The book also includes numerous workout routines that will probably keep me busy for a long time since they're definitely unique - a good break from the normal routine. This book is well worth the money. Easily five stars!

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