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The Fighter's Body is an owner's manual for your body, the most complex piece of equipment you will ever own. As a martial artist, you have special needs. Have you ever wondered how that latest fad diet might affect your performance on the mat? Want to take off a few extra pound fast? How about putting on muscle without slowing down? Make weight for a tournament? Eat better? Change weight classes? Confused about supplements, vitamins and protein shakes? Can't make sense of the food pyramid? Don't know where to start? Start here.

Loren and personal trainer Wim Demeere combine their knowledge of martial arts, weight training, nutrition, diet and exercise to answer your questions and put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be. This book will answer your questions about important topics including: why some diets are harmful for martial artists; how to calculate your protein needs for training; when and how to use supplements; how to eat at fast food places and not ruin your diet; why it's okay to splurge on 'Dirt Day'; how to safely make weight for a tournament; why HIIT training is essential to weight loss; what to eat on competition days; and, how to create a plan that works and stick to it.

A surefire way to increase your motivation, strength, speed, explosiveness, endurance and timing - The Way Alone. This book about solo training includes tips on weight training, practicing reps and kata, bag work and cardiovascular training anytime, anywhere.

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What if there was a secret ingredient that could make every single one of your martial arts techniques better? Not only faster and more powerful, but more likely to slam home to exactly the right target every time. Maybe there is.

Timing is the art and science of ending a confrontation as quickly and efficiently as possible. In Timing for the Fighting Arts, authors Loren W. Christensen and Wim Demeere team up to teach you exactly how to get every last ounce of speed and power out of your techniques. Already strong and lightning fast? Prepare to get even better.

Whether you want to feel safer on the street or emerge victorious in the ring, this book is packed with inside information essential to defeating your opponent. Every one of these concepts is backed up by drills and practice scenarios so you can go beyond theory and put your new knowledge to work in the ring or on the street where you need it most. If you're ready to take your skills to the next level, Loren and Wim are ready to show you the way.

Speed is the most important asset a fighter can have. Sure, strength, courage, flexibility, endurance, and grappling ability are all important, but if you are not fast enough to block your opponent's attack or you are too slow to hit him, these will be of little value. 

If you weren't blessed with natural quickness, are there ways to develop hands that move as rapidly as a serpent's tongue and kicks that crack the air like a bullwhip? Can a naturally quick person become even quicker? Can you learn how Bruce Lee and other masters developed their incredible speed? Can perception be improved, reflexes sharpened, timing polished?Are there specific exercises you can do to keep quickness from being used against you? Can quickness keep you alive in a knife fight? Are there shortcuts? Are there really ways for you to double your speed immediately?

Loren answers an emphatic Y-E-S to all those questions. He will show you how to develop instantaneous reflexes and explosive speed for punching, kicking, grappling, and police defensive tactics by following the simple drills, exercises, and principles outlined in this book.

Find out how to combine the latest techniques with centuries-old secrets, resistance exercises and proper body mechanics to make your punches, kicks, blocks and throws more powerful, as well as to defend yourself against explosive power.

Double your fighting power by following this proven training regimen.


By Loren W. Christensen

Kata competition is more popular than ever. Champions are winning big cash prizes and appear frequently on the cover of martial arts magazines and in the movies. One reason for this surge in popularity is the emergence of a new style of kata , what author Loren Chistensen terms "American Kata." With its birth came a new, dynamic look that generates greater excitement among competitors and audiences alike. 

Though some traditionalists feel the only "real" forms are the ancient ones, the author a champion himself, argues that "through blood, sweat, and broken bones, Americans have earned the right to design their own kata for training and competition." With his guidance, you can develop a kata of your own using the most effective moves from a variety of styles. Combine karate's hard punches, kung-fu's flowing movements, and the dynamic kicks of taekwondo to create a beautiful, realistic fighting form. 

More often than not, kata champions are performing American Kata. Be part of this new breed of competitors - and iwinners.

Real fights are far more explosive and violent than karate sparring matches. The author learned this the hard way as an MP in Saigon, Vietnam. Learn what will and will not work in the streets, and the changes you must make in your training in order to survive. In a real fight there's only one rule: anything goes!