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. I am an Irishman recently arrived in Canada and remember all-too-well the potential dangers of a night out in Dublin as I suffered a fairly nasty assault myself. Now, 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!!
This is a book that is focused on providing a set of solutions to a very specific problem; that of being taken to the ground when self-defense is your primary goal. Lori O'Connell uses her experience within Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu to compliment her experience with grappling to create a book of strategies and tactics for removing yourself from an undesirable ground-based combat scenario.
When the Fight goes to the Ground now has a place in my martial arts books collection. It's 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.