Back to Basics for Jade Jones
There may be a huge Taekwondo training facility for Jade Jones to use at her disposal, but Jones has abandoned this for some back to basics training…in her coach’s garage.
“I’m in a really good place at the moment,” confirms Jones, one of just six GB Academy athletes competing in Astana.
“I’ve been sparring with my coach, Paul Green, in his garage,” she reveals. “There’s not much space and you’ve got tools and ladders hanging off the wall.
“But I enjoy that environment because you feel really hardcore. When I spar with Paul, I feel like if I can do well against him, I can do well against anyone.”
Jones is ready and raring to go, hoping to claim a few more scalps as she aims to improve on her silver medal at the inaugural WTF World Grand Prix in Manchester last December.
“I’ve trained really hard but it’s different now because we are doing so many more competitions,” she explained. “Rather than getting really excited I’ve got a different mindset. It’s all about getting stuck in and trying to get the job done.
“Rather than over thinking the contests I’m just going in to fight mode straight away. That gives me an edge over most of the other girls because I just like to get in and scrap.
“Normally, I’m only doing a few tournaments a year and trying to peak for those big events. This is a new challenge, trying to get-up for every competition.
“So, it would be fantastic to get my first Grand Prix title and those 40 ranking points. My aim is to do really well this weekend, in Manchester in October and then at the Grand Prix final.
Competing the GB squad is ‘Walthamstow Warrier’ Lutalo Muhammad, Maham Cho, Damon Sansum. Michael Harvey and London Olympian Martin Stamper.
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