Lori O'Connell has trained in the martial arts for over 30 years and taught for over 27 years. She was the owner and head instructor of Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu in Richmond, BC, which she ran for 14 years before closing it during the pandemic in 2020. She holds the rank of 5th degree black belt and holds the title of Renshi in a Japanese style of Jiu-jitsu called Can-ryu. In addition to her Jiu-jitsu training, Lori has supplemented her primary style over the years by studying a wide variety of other arts and styles, including Filipino martial arts, boxing/kickboxing, BJJ/MMA, Gong fu, Taichi, Karate, Aikido, Taekwondo, Wing Chun, etc. She has taught Jiu-jitsu/self-defense at martial arts schools and organizations, private companies, and community organizations across North America and internationally.
In addition to her martial arts training and teaching, Lori has published 2 books. Her most recent book, When the Fight Goes to the Ground: Jiu-jitsu Strategies & Tactics for Self-Defense, was written for Tuttle Publishing, an international publisher of martial arts books. She also wrote Weapons of Opportunity, about her personal experiences teaching and training in the martial arts, and wrote regularly on her dojo's martial arts blog for over 13 years.