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23rd May 2018

Coach John Kavanagh Is Hosting Free Self-Defence Classes For Women In Dublin

Megan Cassidy

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has announced that will be hosting free self-defence classes for women in light of the tragic Jastine Valdez case this week. 

Kavanagh announced the Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu classes on the Facebook page of his gym SGB Ireland, saying that he wants to give women ‘a fighting chance’. 

He wrote: 

‘Introducing a FREE women’s only BJJ self-defence class at HQ starting this Saturday at 11am. This will be on-going and on at the same time every Saturday. Don’t worry if you miss this weekend, you can start any time. 

‘Feel free to drop in and watch one if you’re considering taking it up. Also this class is free to any girls from any other clubs that want to supplement their training.’

He went on to say, ‘In light of recent horrific attack in Dublin by a deranged individual we feel the need to do something to give women a fighting chance. 

‘Come down and meet Jaqueline and see if you enjoy it’. 


Kavanagh has made the announcement just days after the body of abducted Jastine Valdez was found at Puck’s Castle Lane, Rathmichael, south Co Dublin. 

Suspect Mark Hennessy was shot dead by Gardai in a confrontation in Cherrywood, South County Dublin on Sunday evening. 

It is believed Jastine died of manual strangulation, after being abducted near Enniskerry, Co Wicklow on Saturday evening last. 

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