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Meet The GB Taekwondo Star Who Wants To Put On A Show At Rio

Mahama Cho

Taekwondo fighters are noisy, aggressive practitioners, their plosive outbursts accompanied by a blurring of feet and legs, height and precision in the targetry of head and body. Physical poetry at times.

Heavyweight Mahama Cho exudes a puppyish happiness, but once he goes through his strides – inside-out heel kicks, roundhouse kicks, spinning hook kicks, liver kicks – the noise as the 90kg athlete lands on his coaches’ pads resounds around Great Britain’s state-of the-art taekwondo hall in Manchester.

Balance and power are emptied from either leg, through feet like knives, and shin bones like swords. Then a huge grin from a towering man who is joking that he is the “black Bruce Lee”.

To read more on The Telegraph website, click here.

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