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When the Fight Goes to the Ground: Jiu-Jitsu Strategies and Tactics for Self-Defense [DVD Included] Paperback – Feb 12 2013

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.; Paperback with DVD edition (Feb. 12 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804842531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804842532
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jiu-jitsu expert Lori O'Connell shows you over 80 proven street oriented ground fighting techniques designed for the gritty, down-and-dirty world of street survival. MMA techniques are designed for sport. O'Connell's are designed to get you home—alive." —Loren W. Christensen, Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame recipient, 2011

"When the Fight Goes to the Ground gets my endorsement. This is a work I intend to visit again in order to integrate some ideas and methods into my own training and teaching. If you're looking for practical, repeatable self-defense tactics for ground fighting that don't require high level acrobatics then this might be the book for you too." —Matthew Apsokardu, 4th Degree Black Belt, Okinawan Kempo Karate

"Highly recommended. 192 pages of clear and concise explanation, beautiful and clear photography, excellent binding, and a DVD full of bonus video explanations make this a great book for grapplers, stand-up artists, and self-defense enthusiasts." —Patrick Parker, 6th Degree Black Belt Aikido, 5th Degree Black Belt Judo

"When the Fight Goes to the Ground is extremely well written, easy to read and is professionally done. Sensei O'Connell expresses herself very well and is clear in her teaching progressions. The DVD is a tremendous compliment to the book. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to learn the concepts of self-defense when on the ground." —Brian Johns, Owner/Head Instructor of the Filipino Martial Arts school, Bamboo Martial Arts Centre

"First and foremost a big tip of the hat to Ms. O'Connell and Tuttle Publishing for creating a well-written and well-photographed book. I have written book reviews in an academic setting, and, on occasion, I've had to review books that are not as functional as this book. This, however, was not the case and what you will find in this book is clearly written and clearly illustrated. This book presents a practical and realistic approach to ground defense." —Bob Patterson, Author of Striking Thoughts martial arts blog

"When the Fight goes to the Ground is an excellent source of information on something that is not often seen, and is presented cleanly and professionally. It's also wonderful to see something of this nature come from a smaller, female martial artist, rather than a larger person, who might not have as much "need" for good technique in such a situation. It is a good book that is deserving of attention from anyone who has an interest in the martial arts or self-defense." —Stu Cooke, 1st Degree Black Belt, Shorinji Kan Jiu jitsu

"The book is an excellent source of reference for students of grappling arts, a great introduction to using basic ground skills for those with little or no grappling or martial arts experience, and a good reference for established grapplers to look at the art from a self protection or woman's point of view. Well written and highly recommended." —Restita DeJesus, Head Instructor, Seattle Wushu-Self Defense Center

"When the Fight Goes to the Ground is an excellent book. I liked it a lot. It is a great introduction to the topic of defending yourself when the fight goes to the ground in the street from the perspective of Jiu Jitsu." —Wim Demeere, author of The Fighter's Body

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In an age of people selling "that one weird trick" that solves all your problems, Lori O'Connell offers a great book that acknowledges that though there's not one, special secret that will protect you on the ground, you can arm yourself with a variety of simple strategies and techniques that allow you to adapt to a multitude of situations. This book is thoroughly researched and provides great statistics and context as to why you should consider arming yourself with ground-defense strategies. Grappling not your thing? Don't want to spend years getting all awesome with the BJJ? Have no fear, this book works with techniques anyone can pick up, no matter your level of grappling skill. It is very much a self-defense book and therefore relies on techniques that give you the best possible way of getting up from the ground. Experienced grapplers will be equally impressed with the strategies in the book and how they can enhance their repertoire in practical ways. Her techniques build on each other and offer effective, no-nonsense ways of escaping from different situations and most importantly, provides options should an arm or head not end up exactly where you wanted it to end up. As a woman, I especially appreciate the considerations of different body types, whether your own or that of your attacker as techniques must often be shifted depending on your own abilities and limitations as well as those of your attacker(s). I highly recommend this book for any type of martial artist at any level of training.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Lori O'Connell's book titled "When the Fight Goes to the Ground." I have a 2nd dan in tae kwon do, a shodan in Shotokan Karate and a brown belt in jiu jitsu. I am much more comfortable on my feet than on my back and this book's focus on dealing with the whatever situation took you to the ground and getting back to your feet really resonated with me. There is a lot of publicity around grappling these days and different styles are steadily increasing in popularity. Consequently, the likelihood of an attacker having some grappling training is also increasing. This book does an excellent job of providing advice and technique variations for ground fighting. Grappling is a lovely way for dealing with a single attacker but a very dangerous way to deal with multiple assailants. I appreciate that this is a message the Sensei O'Connell fully understands and brings home in her book.

In my opinion, the author's well researched statistics and solid advice for ground defence make this book an excellent addition to any martial artists bookshelf. In addition, the author has included an extensive set of well documented and photographed techniques. She also includes some nice variations on more traditional grappling techniques that make them much more practical from a self defence perspective.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to any martial artist looking to shore up their real life ground defence training.
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Just finished reading Lori O'Connell's amazing book "When the Fight Goes to the Ground: Jiu-Jitsu Strategies and tactics for Self-Defense." The book is an excellent resource to use when you begin or continue training for fighting for your life on the ground. The pictures were fantastic, and provided a fluid visual resource to go with the well written content. I was impressed that she pointed out the various body types you may encounter when fighting on the ground, and the various body types that the readers could be.

The first few chapters establish key points for understanding the ground such as showing credible statistics that the majority of fights will most likely go to the ground, even if it's not often as often as usually touted. These opening chapters of the book are very straightforward and establish, which martial art demographic the text is meant for; Everyone. Included in the opening chapters are safety factors that the book takes into account for training on the ground that allows students and instructors to teach and train for a lifetime. "Have fun and check your macho attitude at the door." is very true.

One chapter that I particularly enjoyed was the "How to Fall on Concrete," chapter. Although the book itself focuses on strategies for surviving on the ground I found this chapter very important because it brings back the context of how to break-fall properly on concrete as oppose to training mats (tatami etc.). If you are being taken to the ground chances are you will be falling during the process, and you need to protect yourself. The chapter explains the differences between static sideways break-falls and traveling sideways break-falls.
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Lori O'Connell's new book 'When The Fight Goes To The Ground: Jiu-Jitsu Strategies and Tactics for Self-Defence' is an invaluable addition to the ken of self-defense knowledge. The book is written in a sprightly, matter-of-fact style which belies its thoroughness - inside, you will find chapters on virtually every kind of ground-based self-defense scenario. Environmental surroundings are also factored into the self-defence equation, along with detailed exposition of techniques used to subdue larger or physically stronger opponents.The informative and instructional nature of the book is further facilitated by the inclusion of an excellent DVD and colour photos throughout.
The book, written by a lifelong devotee and expert instructor of Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, is written with the poise and authority of someone who is completely at ease with the subject matter. That said, the prose is neither preachy nor too technical. It is easy to read and understand and instructional details are reinforced with anecdote and statistics where necessary.
I can readily see the value of such a book for law enforcement/security personnel, however I think this tome has tremendous value for any who have ever experienced that nervous moment on the street or in a nightclub or bar, and I would recommend it to all who seek a little additional peace of mind for their evening forays. As an army officer in the CF Reserve, I have to say I will be recommending this book to all personnel in my regiment. Buy this book - the practical, easy-to-apply wisdom may one day save your life!!
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