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Lori O'Connell is the author of When the Fight Goes to the Ground: Jiu-jitsu Strategies & Tactics for Self-Defense, published internationally by Tuttle Publishing. She currently writes regularly on her blog,, chronicling her forays into cooking, outdoor adventure and wellness. She also maintained a martial arts blog, Jiu-jitsu Sensei, from 2006-2019, and has guest written a number of articles on other martial arts sites, blogs, and newsletters.

Lori wrote and co-produced the short film Inner Demon, which was selected for screening at a humber of film festivals, and even won several awards. In addition, she won 1st prize for Roadkill, a piece she wrote for the E-Clips flash fiction contest in 2005. She is also currently further developing her chops as a screenwriter and has written several other short films and is also working on a feature film.

In addition to her creative writing, Lori graduated with honours earning a BA in Communication at the University of Ottawa, and worked professionally in marketing/PR as a copywriter and Web marketing/social media specialist for over 7 years both as a consultant and on staff for local Vancouver businesses.

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Writing Credits

Non-Fiction Books

When the Fight Goes to the Ground: Jiu-jitsu Strategies and Tactics for Self-Defense. Published by Tuttle Publishing, 2013.

Weapons of Opportunity: One Woman's Casual Crusade through the World of Dojos and Low Blows. Self-published, 2007. Excerpt read on The Storytelling Show (Vancouver Co-op Radio) during an interview on Feb. 25, 2013.


Road Kill (1st Prize Flash Fiction Contest Winner). E-Clips Online Magazine, November 2005.


Inner Demon (IMDB) , short film, 2016b (Official Selection Film Fu Fight Fest 2017 Vancouver)


My Love-Hate Relationship with the Triangle Choke. Published in the Canadian Jiu-jitsu Council Newsletter, Spring 2013.

How to Grapple with Someone Bigger and Stronger than You. Published in the Jitsu Canada Newsletter, May 2013.

Answering the Gender Question Behind Wing Chun. Published on, January 2013.


Jiu-Jitsu Sensei
Lori O'Connell's Personal Martial Arts Blog.

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