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A can of beans. A brick wall. A pair of bowling shoes.
In her book, Weapons of Opportunity, Lori O'Connell reveals how these and other metaphorical weapons have furthered her personal development and deepened her understanding of what it means to be a martial artist.
O'Connell is a third-degree black belt in Jiu-jitsu who stands among a long line of men who have devoted their lives to the development of the art. Over the years, she has faced many battles with the long-standing training traditions and conventions of the male-dominated world of martial arts.
With casual intimacy, her book tells her myriad training anecdotes, complete with bruises, backtalk, and beer. It details her experiences in different schools, different martial art styles, and different countries, including Japan where she struggles to find her place while simultaneously struggling to figure out her shower. O'Connell strips away the formality of the martial arts and shows it for what it is, no punches pulled, from the perspective of a student and teacher.
This is the first published book by Lori O'Connell.
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Lori O'Connell published a dozen or so articles in the Ottawa Citizen during high school. After graduating, she went on to complete a BA in Communication at the University of Ottawa, then moved to Japan and taught English for three years on the JET program.
In the summer of 2003, Lori settled in Vancouver, BC, Canada, working as a freelance copywriter and editor with local clients in a wide variety of industries.
In early 2005, she delved back into her own personal writing. The first piece she wrote, a flash fiction piece called Road Kill, won first prize in the E-Clips Magazine quarterly writing contest. She has since had a number of martial arts related articles published in various newsletters and websites. In September 2007, Lori published her first book, Weapons of Opportunity, a narrative non-fiction chronicling her training and teaching experiences in the martial arts.
Currently a third degree black belt in Jiu-jitsu, Lori O'Connell has studied martial arts with a fervor that nears obsession since 1993. She teaches at her own club, West Coast Jiu-Jitsu, in Richmond, BC, Canada, which she founded in January 2006.Review:
Interesting and emotionally moving. An inspiration for any martial arts student. --Ed Hiscoe Shihan, 8th Degree Black belt, Heir Apparent for Can-Ryu Jiu-jitsu
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