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Martial arts: Best in the world heading for British Open to vtake on tae kwon-do ace Jade Jones

JUST two weeks remain until Flint tae kwon-do champion Jade Jones pits her wits against a select band of the world’s best martial artists.

The British Open takes place on October 1-2 at the Regional Arena on Rowsley Street in Manchester’s Sportcity.

Jones, 17, is already entrenched in a training camp for the major tournament, which will give her another look at some of her potential rivals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Now that her weight category, -55kg, has been selected by Great Britain as one of the two it will compete in, Jones now has to gain momentum throughout the winter leading into next year’s European Championships, when GB will make their final decision on which athletes they will enter into the Olympic Games.

Until last week Jones’ training had been intense after a short break and a long time since the last major competition.

But she is now easing down as she prepares to take on fighters from more than 50 countries with world and Olympic gold medallists expected to come over to sample some of the British atmosphere and test the formidable British team ahead of the Olympics.

There are still tickets available to see Jones and her teammates in action in Manchester.

Priced £11 they are available via the GB website at www.gbtaekwondo.co.uk.