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Richmond martial artist writes self-defence book

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Lori O'Connell has penned a new book filled with insight for those who might find themselves on the ground—and under attack.
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For those who might find themselves on the ground in a dark alley, Lori O'Connell is here to help.

O'Connell, owner and head instructor of Richmond's Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu, has written a book that shares personal protection techniques she's learned over a 20-year martial arts career. When the Fight Goes to the Ground: Jiu-jitsu Strategies and Tactics for Self-Defense is now available through Tuttle Publishing.

This is the first book for O'Connell, who holds a fifth degree black belt in Can-ryu Jiu-jitsu and teaches out of a Clarke Place facility in East Richmond. A DVD accompanies the book, offering practical self-protection tips for "street-oriented ground scenarios" that O'Connell suggests would be useful for martial artist, law enforcement professionals and others interested in self-defence.

Self-defense on the ground cannot simply be learned by taking up a submission grappling sport. There are many facets to ground defense in a real attack that aren’t taken into account in the competitive arena, such as multiple attackers, proximity to edged weapons, environmental factors and more,” she said in a news release.

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