Holan's MMA and Jiu Jitsu in Irving

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James Holan

Owner of Texas Karate Do

and Holan's MMA

Master Holan 5th Dan

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  • Born into a proud Military Family
  • Began training in Judo at the age of 5 at the YMCA in Garland Texas
  • Inspired by his Uncle, Lee Holan a 5th Degree Black Belt in Judo, who trained while stationed in Japan as a Marine and later become a Movie Stuntman
  • Began training in Taekwondo at the age of 12
  • Achieved his Black Belt in American TKD at the age of 16
  • Joined the Military at the age of 17
  • Spent 6 years in the Army National Guard
  • Achieved his 2nd Dan in TKD under Master Choi at the age of 23
  • Trained in Hapkido at Universal Martial Arts under Master Choi
  • 1986 opened the 1st Texas Karate Do in San Antonio, TX
  • Began training in Chinese Kenpo at age 29 after a severe knee injury.
  • Achieved his Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo in 8 years
  • 1997 BA in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX
  • 1999, started www.blackbeltshop.com an online Martial Arts Supply Company.
  • 2002 reopened Texas Karate Do in Irving, TX
  • 2004 due to the school's popularity, he moved the school to a bigger location
  • 2004 inducted into the USA Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame as TKD instructor of the year
  • 2004 promoted to 4th Dan under Grandmaster Doctor Ted Gambordella
  • 2006 promoted to 5th Dan under Grandmaster Doctor Ted Gambordella
  • 2007 received the Silver Live Time Achievement Award for being in the Arts for over 25 years.
  • 2010 promoted to 6th Dan under Grandmaster Doctor Ted Gambordella
  • 2011 due to overwhelming popularity, moved the school to a bigger location once again
  • 2012 expanded the school to include Jiu-Jitsu
  • Proud Father and Husband of fellow Black Belt's Kevin and Rosie Holan respectively
  • Certified Microsoft Engineer (MCSE)


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