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Manchester centre hoping to produce next generation of Taekwondo stars

A new sports facility has opened in Manchester which it's hoped will produce the next generation of Taekwondo stars.

The National Taekwondo Centre in Newton Heath will be the permanent home of the British team, including Olympic champion Jade Jones and Liverpool's world champion Bianca Walkden.

Chris Hall went along to the grand opening:


Cook defeats rival for Dutch Open gold

Aaron Cook. Credit: Press Association Images

The Isle of Man's Aaron Cook defeated taekwondo rival Lutalo Muhammad 10-8 in the final to win -80kg gold at the Dutch Open.

Muhammad was controversially selected ahead of his rival for the Great Britain team at the 2012 Olympics, leading Cook to switch his allegiance to the Isle of Man.

There was also gold in Eindhoven for London 2012 champion Jade Jones in the -57kg category.

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UFC star tries her hand at Taekwondo

Manchester UFC fighter Rosi Sexton was given an afternoon lesson in Taekwondo from the British team ahead of her bout at the Phones4U Arena on October 26th.

Rosi and her fellow UFC fighter Andy Ogle also passed on some of their own tips to the British team as they prepare for the first ever Taekwondo Grand Prix which will be held at Manchester Central between 13th and 15th December.

The event will see the world's best Taekwondo athletes battle it out not just for the title but also for crucial international ranking points for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Taekwondo stars head for World Championships

Great Britain's Taekwondo stars are having to acclimatise to the humidity and altitude of Puebla in Mexico where they are about to kick-start the World Championships.

We have a strong British squad this year, led by Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones.

While, for the north west contingent, it is a chance to put their Olympic disappointment behind them.

Chris Hall went to their training camp in Manchester just before they flew out.


Liverpool duo claim Taekwondo gold at Spanish Open

Martin Stamper wins gold at the Spanish Open Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

British Taekwondo fighters Martin Stamper and Bianca Walkden won gold at the Spanish Open in Alicante, where London 2012 Olympians Lutalo Muhammad and Jade Jones claimed bronze medals.

Stamper, who just missed out on a podium finish last summer, scored a narrow 2-0 win over Russian Vladimir Kim in the under-68kgs final.

Fellow Liverpudlian Walkden, meanwhile, beat Gwladys Epangue on the referee's verdict after their over-73kg final was locked at 6-6 after sudden death score.

Bianca Walkden wins gold at the Spanish Open Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Muhammad, in his first competition since winning a bronze medal at the Olympics, lost his under-87kg semi-final to Mahdi Khodabakhshi of Iran.

Olympic champion Jones, meanwhile, also reached the last four of her weight division, but went down 13-7 to home favourite Eva Gomez.

The British squad are set to compete at the World Championships in Puebla, Mexico in July.

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