Interview: Lori O’Connell

Managing Risk and Taking Charge

Show Notes

With 24 years training and 21 years teaching experience, Lori O’Connell holds the rank of 5th Degree black belt in Can-ryu Jiu-jitsu, a Japanese style primarily focused on self-defense and law enforcement. In addition to teaching Jiu-jitsu at Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu in Vancouver, Canada, Lori regularly travels to teach Jiu-jitsu/self- defense seminars at martial arts schools and conferences across North America and internationally. Outside of the dojo, Lori is also a stunt performer. She has done stunt work for Smallville, Supernatural, Fear the Walking Dead, Wayward Pines, Van Helsing, Once Upon a Time, and others. Lori is also the author of When the Fight Goes to the Ground, and Weapons of Opportunity.

Key Points

  • Lori points out that being a stunt person is one of being a risk manager, rather than being a risk taker.
  • Her book, When the Fight Goes to the Ground, came about due to her writing style on her blog.

See Also

Fun Fact

Lori recently wrote and produced her first short film, Inner Demon. She also also performed as a stunt double in the film.

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