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Holly Itoga for Hawaii Kai in MMA Taiwan

Holly Itoga for Hawaii Kai in MMA Taiwan

Hsinchu, Taiwan

    During my travels to Taiwan I ran into a young woman from Oahu by the name of Holly Itoga.

    Itoga is a 1996 graduate of Kaiser High School has traveled quite a bit since her high school days.  “I was getting my MBA in Australia and everyone always talked about India and China so I wanted to study in both,” she said.

   While studying in India Itoga’s professor recommended that she apply for a scholarship to a Taiwanese University which brought her to Taipei.  “Getting a scholarship into the PhD program was a blessing and the opportunities have been amazing here,” she said.

   Itoga opportunities and good looks led her to become a “ring girl” for Mixed Martial Arts events in the small city of Hsinchu, where she has been a resident for the past four years.

   “I’m so excited about MMA in Taiwan and coming from Hawaii, I would love to see a bridge, companies working together, having fighters brought over both ways, especially giving local talent a chance to display their skills,” Itoga said.

    Itoga is now beginning self defense classes with one of the MMA coaches.  “I hope to make a living with MMA, that would be amazing, but MMA is still so new in Taiwan, in the meantime I have to finish this PhD thing,” she said.

Ring girl Holly Itoga

Ring girl Holly Itoga


July 7, 2009 Posted by | Mixed Martial Arts, Profiles | , , , , , | 2 Comments