"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, 2011 Martial Arts Masters Hall of fame recipient.
"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, 25-year martial arts/self-defense veteran and author.
"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." Andy Dobie, 5th Degree Black Belt Shorinji Kan Jiu jitsu, President of Jitsu Canada.
"I ordered this book some time ago to add to my growing dojo library and I just finished my first complete read through recently. Why? Because my students kept borrowing it from me before I could finish! They would keep telling me how good it was. My solution was this: I took the book back and have now made it required reading for upper belt advancement. So, now they have to order their own! No one batted an eye at this. To be clear, the material in this book primarily covers strategies for use of ground fighting skills in situations of self defense and street survival. And, in this, it exceeds expectations. My law enforcement and military students have expressed a fond appreciation for the functionality and directness of the material and have expressed as well that O'Connell Sensei's approach to ground combat has caused them to reexamine and pay more attention to these particular skills. Bear in mind, these are men and women (Army infantry, Army Combatives trainers, corrections officers, sheriffs, local police, military police) with varying levels of ACTUAL EXPERIENCE WITH REAL VIOLENCE, for whom submission is rarely an option and remaining on the ground in a tangle of limbs to simply out-grapple an opponent is unthinkable and borderline suicidal. For my part, I found the presentation of the material in the book to be remarkable and extremely accessible. The strategies are cohesively laid out and explained, and the techniques and drills are shown in ways that make them easy to understand and replicate for one's own training. And the DVD that comes with the book is FANTASTIC!!! I wish all martial arts instructional books could include one. O'Connell Sensei shows a vital intellect and understanding in her brief explanations of techniques, and the moves themselves are shown clearly at several different speeds and some different distances. VERY helpful for people looking to include her methods in their curriculum. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in further examining the application of practical martial arts in ground-based self defense and combat." ~Damien Wright, Renshi, 5th Degree Black Belt, Nagasu-ryu Jiu-jitsu, Sunrise Martial Arts Academy, New Egypt, NJ
"When you pick up this book, understand that it is a good basic self defense read. Nothing too fancy with great explanations and step by step photos. With the popularity of BJJ today, many of these books get brushed to the wayside. They shouldn’t. Even if you are a BJJ player, adding some of these concepts will help your overall tool box. That’s a good thing." ~Ari Bolden Knazan, Founder of Submissions101.com, 4th Degree Black Belt Goshin Jiu-jitsu, BJJ brown belt, 17-year security professional career.
"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, Author of Ikigai Way martial arts blog.
"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
"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. Jood job Sensei! ~Dave Woods, 3rd Degree Black Belt Can-ryu Jiu-jitsu, instructor of Nor-Alta Jiu-Jitsu.
"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 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." ~Matthew Der, First Degree Black Belt, Shorinji Kan Jiu jitsu, instructor of Jitsu Calgary.
Full Reviews of When the Fight Goes to the Ground:
Jan. 17, 2015: Book review by Martial Thoughts.
Dec. 8, 2013: Book review by Okinawan Karate Club of Madison.
May 11, 2013: Book review by Bouncer 101.
Apr. 25, 2013: Book review by author Wim Demeere.
Apr. 21, 2013: Book review by Bunkai Jutsu.
Apr. 13, 2013: Book review by The Ground Never Misses.
Apr. 12, 2013: Book review by Don't Fight the Tao.
Mar. 12, 2013: Book review by Martial Mind.
Mar. 11, 2013: Book review by Combative Mind.
Mar. 10, 2013: Book review by Ikigai Way.
Mar. 8, 2013: Book review by Mokuren Dojo.
Mar. 7, 2013: Book review by Bamboo Spirit Martial Arts.
Mar. 4, 2013: Book review by BJJ Grrl.
Mar. 2, 2013: Book review by Wing Chun Life.
Feb. 21, 2013: Book review by The Jiu-jitsu Fighter.
Feb. 21, 2013: Book review by Striking Thoughts.
Feb. 20, 2013: Book review by London Chinatown Taekwondo.
*5-Star Rating on Amazon.com: See all 25 reviews on Amazon.
KARATEbyJesse: What Every Karate-ka Should Know About Practical Ground Fighting Aug. 5, 2013
Black Belt Magazine: Essential Gear section - June/July 2013
The Storytelling Show (Vancouver Co-op Radio): Interview with Lori O'Connell Sensei - Feb. 25, 2013
Dynamic Dojo Blog Talk Radio: Guest Interview with Lori O'Connell Sensei - Feb. 3, 2013
Richmond Review: Richmond Martial Artist writes Self-Defense Book - Feb. 2, 2013
Richmond News: When the Fight Hits the Ground - Feb. 1, 2013
BunkaiJitsu.com: Interview with Lori O'Connell, 5th Dan Jiu-jitsu & Author - Jan. 20, 2013
April 16, 2013 - Book Release Party, Legends Pub, Richmond BC
April 21, 2013 - When the Fight Goes to the Ground Seminar - Chilliwack, BC
June 1-2, 2013 - When the Fight Goes to the Ground Book Release Seminar, University of Calgary, Alberta
June 15, 2013 - When the Fight Goes to the Ground Book Release Seminar - Peterborough, Ontario
June 18, 2013 - When the Fight Goes to the Ground Book Release Seminar - Ottawa, Ontario
October 12-13, 2013 - PAWMA Training Camp - Turner, Oregon
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