Alive and kicking

By Damian Dolan.

Mild-mannered teacher by day, Taekwondo and Kickboxing expert by night, Jacqueline Holohan is leading something of a double-life. If the children at St James’ Catholic High School in Colindale have developed a new found respect for the school’s pastoral support manager it’s not hard to work out why, given her martial arts prowess.

Holohan’s rise in both sports has been rapid to say the least. She only took up Taekwondo a little more than two years but has already achieved extraordinary success in that short time, winning at silver and bronze at the Taekwondo World Championships in August and following that up by collecting two silver medals at the Kickboxing equivalent.

2014 could be an even bigger year with Holohan now targeting more medals at next summer’s Taekwondo and Kickboxing World Championships, and gold is definitely the target.

However, her motivation for taking up Taekwondo (the Kickboxing came later) wasn’t to win medals – those have simply been a by-product of her progress and her decision to take her martial arts to the next level.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World.

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