Fighting the Pain Resistant Attacker by Loren W Christensen

Most people who have engaged in a number of fights have experienced the “now what” moment when a technique didn’t produce the desired result, or when they faced someone of humongous proportions or obviously out of their mind due to some intoxicant. (“Now what” is probably not what you were thinking, it was more like, “Oh – and you can fill in the expletive”) I’ve always taught that nothing is 100%, and I like seeing that Loren W. Christensen teaches the same thing. He mentions it more than once in his book “Fighting the Pain Resistant Attacker: fighting drunks, dopers, the deranged and others who tolerate pain.” This book is full of advice and techniques to use against those who don’t feel or react like most people to painful techniques. These are techniques for the “now what” moments. The book doesn’t attempt to cover everything. It focuses on a collection of techniques for a specific purpose, and in that regard, it is a very good book.

The book is just over 200 pages long and divided into ten chapters. These chapters consist of: The Nuts and Bolts of Feeling No Pain; Back of the Head, Temple, Mastoid and Eardrum; Eyes and Nose; Brachial Plexus, Vargus Nerve, Throat & Back of the Neck; Carotid Artery Constriction; Head and Neck Combinations; Torso; Biceps, Forearms and Fingers; Legs, Femoral Nerve, Knees & Peroneal Nerve; and Takedowns. The table of contents pretty much sum this book up. Strait forward, Christensen teaches techniques aimed at those body points specifically for attackers who are not feeling pain. They are brutally effective and for the most part simple to execute, which self-defense techniques need to be. There are many black and white pictures that illustrate very well the moves Christensen teaches.

Additionally, there are “Key Concept” and “Caution” side bars that impart extra little nuggets of information important to anyone studying self-defense and wanting to learn to better defend themselves, both on the street and in the courtroom after the violence has ended. Christensen also adds a little levity and humor in what is otherwise a serious topic. In one picture sequence where he is attacking a female model, the caption starts out, “The handsome attacker grabs your left arm.” Another time, after telling a story about asking a student to hit him at a level 2 on a 1 to 10 scale, he acknowledges, “it’s not that I’m a coward, I just don’t like pain.”

Overall I really enjoyed this quick read, and it reinforced some of the techniques I already teach, and I picked up a couple variations to work into my training. I also appreciated some of the medical explanations because I don’t think the person studying martial arts or self-defense, and especially those of us who teach, can know too much. We must always be learning and bettering ourselves. This book was a very good addition to my marital art and self-defense library and it will be a good addition to yours too!

Book Review – The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento

The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento is the tale of a ballplayer who grew up surfing and playing cricket with his father who finds baseball. The player, Damian, turns out to be a fine player and signs on with an American team to play in the minor leagues.

It’s an interesting story of an Australian traveling to the USA to play ball. The story shows a young boy struggling to find his way in the world of baseball. Seen as an outsider, he has to work hard to impress and move up the ranks to reach his goal of making the major leagues one day.

The story takes place in the early 1990’s before the Australian Baseball League was formed. So Damian learns the ropes of the game through the tournaments around Australia. He rises fast in the ranks of the Australian players and is soon signed to a minor league deal with one of the fictitious Sacramento Sea Lions’ minor league teams.

Damion travels around the US playing in small towns in Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, and others getting a good dose of small town America which is very different than what he is used to back home in Perth, Australia. You get to ride along with Damion as he learns a few new things in life like driving a stick shift.

The book focuses not only on the baseball side of life for Damion, but also the trials he has in his love life. He leaves a girl back home and the long distance relationship is too much to handle for the two of them.

There is humor in the book as well. Anytime you get a bunch of young guys together for long periods of time funny things are going to happen. Thrown in some alcohol and things can get out of hand for a few of the ballplayers. It’s a lighter side of the life of a ballplayer that the author shows here. Letting loose is something every player has to learn to do at some point to help deal with the stress of the job. Thus hilarity ensues as each player deals with the stress in their own way.

The story doesn’t stop with Damion in the minor leagues but follows his story to retirement and beyond. I don’t want to give away just how far he gets or how long he plays because I think it would take away from the story. However, I will say that he is not a one year flame out.

This is a story for any baseball fan. You get to see the game from the perspective of another country. The language used to describe certain parts of the game are different than what an American might say which makes it that much more interesting. Even a casual sports fan would enjoy the journey of this young boy because it’s about more than simply baseball. So go out and pick up a copy today.

Simple Golf Swing Review – The Only Instruction You Need to Take 10 Strokes Off of Your Game!

I think I can vouch for all golfers regardless of age, sex, or skill level that if you could manage to take 7 strokes off of your scores in less than 2 weeks that you would be absolutely elated! While it seems like it might be too good to be true, their is a product out there that promises to do just that and even promises a 100% money back guarantee. Here I am going to present an unbiased simple golf swing review, but I have to warn you after buying the product I don’t have very many negative things to say.

The Simple Golf Swing is different for a number of reasons, primarily because it tries to take the small muscles out of the equation and promotes the action of the golfer using his spine to swing around the axis of his body which promotes a level golf swing, no excess motion, and these things are both vital to a successful golf swing. This however, is not all this system has to offer. You get a step by step guide on the short game, mental game, full swing, and even coaching from the creator of this product.

  • You get a unique setup
  • Numerous backswing drills
  • Alignment drill
  • Numerous downswing drills

The great thing is that these simple and unique steps can be put into play right away with little practice. This simple golf swing review is going to talk about how you learn a swing that is consistent, repeatable, and highly adaptable to different playing conditions. What is great about this method is that you do not only get a great golf swing, but you get the tools necessary to become a better golfer and have more fun playing that game.

I am so confident that the simple golf swing system will improve your golf game drastically, if I was not then I would not be endorsing the product in this simple golf swing review. They key to solid golf is to make sure that you have a unique and comfortable system to follow, which is what this system teaches you. I would not waste another second wondering whether or not to get this product.