GB Gears Up For Grand Prix Final
It’s been a jam-packed month for all at GB Taekwondo as the big move into the new National Taekwondo Centre is in full swing and with the last instalment of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix just around the corner, it’s been more important than ever for the four finalists (Jade Jones, Lutalo Muhammad, Bianca Walkden and Damon Sansum) to prepare.
Lucky for them, this has involved a visit from some of the best athletes on the Taekwondo circuit -the team from Korea’s National Sport University accompanied by former GB coach, Professor Moon.
Their trip to Manchester has been a long standing tradition at the Academy, as both teams take full advantage of the chance to improve their sparring styles and practice their technique during an intense 10-day training camp.
Greek Open medallist, Tony Stephenson has enjoyed the camp in particular, “It was good to work with different fighters to see what their styles are.”
He continued, “A lot of people would agree when I say that Korea are leading in the world of Taekwondo – so it was interesting to fight a modern player as that’s what we’re all aspiring to be.”
Equally as impressed with the opportunity to fight someone new was World Championships Bronze medallist, Shin Dong-Yun, “I enjoyed sparring with Damon (Sansun) especially, because he has speed and reacts quickly. He is also very powerful.”
The team’s Coach, Professor Moon, knows all too well the impact a training camp can have on the athlete’s preparation, “Everyone’s trying to get better for their next competition and the next major one is the Grand Prix Final in Mexico – so this is a great time for them to do that. The new (National Taekwondo) Centre is also good, it’s a bigger and better space for the team to train in.”
There’s no doubt that the training camp has played a pivotal role in the team’s progress and will continue to do so in the future.