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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on June 15 2014 by Jean M. Bellec
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 morePublished on Nov. 10 2013 by Julia Cheng
Excellent book, and great value for money. Lori provides great advice on using ground fighting skills in a self-defence context. Read morePublished on April 20 2013 by Andrew Robert Dobie
As a martial artist with only small repertoire of techniques to get off of the ground in self defence situations it has often been difficult for me to weed through techniques that... Read morePublished on April 18 2013 by Slan
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 morePublished on April 18 2013 by Gina Merry
Lori O'Connell has taken a fresh approach to how you should and can defend against grappling techniques. Read morePublished on April 2 2013 by Simon Miller
I’m new to martial arts and really enjoyed reading When the Fight Goes To The Ground. Most of the techniques described are pretty new to me but I found the descriptions and... Read morePublished on March 18 2013 by Chelsea J.
In competitive martial arts, the martial artist who learns best how to fight within the context of the designated rule system has the advantage. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2013 by Stan