Martial artist with Laois roots takes on the world

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A medalist in both the Taekwondo and Kickboxing World Championships in 2013, Jaqueline Holohan has come a long way since she began her martial arts career just two years ago.

Jaqueline daughter of Michael Holohan from Rathdowney and a grand-daughter of the late Maurice and Bridie Holohan from Rathdowney.

She is a 33 year old pastoral support manager at a Catholic High School in London and last year won four medals across the two disciplines. She won silver and bronze at the Taekwondo World Championships in August and followed that up with two silver medals at the Kickboxing World Championships.

This summer she will compete in the World Championships in both disciplines again and is targeting and even more impressive haul.

She was inspired to take up martial arts after being diagnosed with diabetes. Instead of going down the medication route, Jaqueline chose to alter her diet and partake in more exercise, a decision which has paid dividends in unexpected ways.

Initially she took up Taekwondo simply for the health benefits but she took to it instantly.

She has been grading for the last year and is now a green belt in Taekwondo and has has high hopes for the year ahead where she is targeting gold at the World Championships which will take place in England. However she is not targeting the Olympics in Rio as a black belt is required to compete at that level.




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