Judith O’Neill

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A nationally-recognized martial arts competitor and instructor, Judy O’Neill has the highest ranking in the martial arts among Delaware women and is one of the nation’s highest-ranked women. She
coached two varsity sports at the University of Delaware and excelled in a third. She earned a First Degree Black Belt in 1978, currently holds a Seventh Degree Black Belt and has achieved a Second
Degree Black Belt in Filipino Modern Arnis. During her 10-year tournament career in sparring and kata, 1975-84, she earned second place in 1978 and 1979 in the Martial Arts Rating System National
Championships in the Women’s Black Belt Kata Division. She was inducted in 1991 to the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, which named her Woman of the Year. In 1992 she was inducted into the Eastern
USA Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, which also selected her as its Woman of the Year. In 1979, she was recognized as National Wonder Woman of the Year by the National Organization for Women
for community service. She helped develop the Dyna-Tots Program for preschool children and has conducted self-defense programs for women. She produced and starred in a weekly cable television show,
American Karate, which aired locally for 10 years. At the University of Delaware, she scored four goals in a 1972 field hockey game to set a record that lasted 37 years. She coached the Blue Hens’
first varsity women’s lacrosse teams in 1978 and 1979 and, as women’s swimming coach those same years, led the Hens to 16th in the Eastern AIAW championships. She was the first woman to be inducted
into the International Modern Arnis Foundation Black Belt Hall of Fame.



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