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

Lori O'Connell , Steve Hiscoe , Jennifer Weintz
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Feb. 12 2013
When the Fight Goes to the Ground is a book/DVD combo that offers a complete guide to ground fighting techniques and principles. It establishes the risks and hazards of various ground defense scenarios, presents effective strategies for neutralizing and minimizing them, and introduces a wide range of tools for effective defense and escape. The techniques are easy to learn and apply, providing an adaptable skill set for anyone, regardless of size, strength, or gender. O'Connell Sensei demonstrates defenses for simple hold-downs, ground and pound, submission grappling pins, chokes, arm locks, leg locks, knife attacks and mulitple assailant scenarios.

Being on the ground is a dangerous place to be, but after reading When the Fight Goes to the Ground, you'll know how to quickly get out of the situation and get back on your feet.

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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

About the Author

Lori O'Connell Sensei holds a 5th degree black belt and full instructor's license in Can-Ryu Jiu-jitsu, and has trained in martial arts for over 20 years and taught martial arts for 17 years in Canada and abroad. Lori currently runs her own Jiu-jitsu dojo, operating in the greater Vancouver area in Canada since 2006. She also teaches local women's self-defense programs, personal safety & awareness programs and corporate self-defense seminars. In addition to her martial arts training and teaching, Lori also writes regularly on her martial arts blog, and has published a book, Weapons of Opportunity, about her personal experiences teaching and training in the martial arts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome ground defense book Feb. 14 2013
Format:Paperback
Great reference book for learning ground defense techniques as opposed to ground fighting. I really enjoyed the illustrations which backed up Sensei Lori's key points. I highly recommend this book and have done so to all my students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Ground Defense for All Body Types June 28 2013
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical book on ground defense April 28 2013
By Healy
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Kobayashi Maru of Real World Fighting April 21 2013
By M Der
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my library April 20 2013
Format:Paperback
Excellent book, and great value for money. Lori provides great advice on using ground fighting skills in a self-defence context. All of the techniques are clearly explained and well illustrated with photographs, with tips for how to drill and practice the techniques - very useful for those with limited or no ground fighting experience. In addition to the technical content, there is also sound advice on legal implications and strategic considerations, which even those with a comprehensive competitive grappling background should find useful. The included DVD is a great bonus to help visualize the techniques. I am definitely recommending this book to my students.

A. R. Dobie.
President, Jitsu Canada.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book
Excellent book. I have been practising Jiu-Jitsu for 7 years now and I really enjoyed reading and looking at the DVD. Some techniques were refreshers and others were new. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jean M. Bellec
4.0 out of 5 stars The best grappling book for the real world
This is the grappling book I've been looking for. Lori O'Connell has obviously devoted tons of sweat, care and love into grappling for OUTSIDE the Octagon. Read more
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I am a woman with only a couple of years of self-defense and Jiu Jitsu training. This book has a logical structure, with each chapter having a specific focus. Read more
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Published 17 months ago by Simon Miller
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