Martial Artist, Jiu-jitsu Instructor & Dojo Owner


Lori O'Connell has trained in the martial arts for over 23 years and taught for over 20 years. She is the owner and head instructor of Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu, which she has been running since January 2006. She holds the rank of 5th degree black belt in a Japanese style of Jiu-jitsu called Can-ryu, and has trained in a wide variety of other styles to supplement her training in her primary style. She is a regular instructor at the Canadian Jiu-jitsu Union winter and summer camps, and has taught Jiu-jitsu/self-defense at martial arts schools/organizations, private companies, and community organizations across North America and internationally.

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Film Industry Stunt Performer and Actor


Having developed fighting and falling skills over her 23-year martial arts career, in addition to being a long-time adrenaline-seeker, becoming a stunt performer for the Canadian film industry was a natural fit. In addition to Lori's martial arts related skills, she is also an avid fencer/sword fighter, Advanced Open Water scuba diver, rock climber, downhill skier, and trains regularly in various stunt fighting, falling and movements skills at local gyms.

Based in Vancouver, Lori O'Connell is a full ACTRA (#01-05576), UBCP (#11905) and full Stuntlist member, having earned stunt performer credits on a wide variety of films and TV series', including Once Upon a Time, The Predator, Zoo, The Descendants 2, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Fear the Walking Dead, The 100, Supernatural, Van Helsing, Wayward Pines, Dark Matter, Scary Movie 4, Smallville, and more.

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