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Not just for kicks

Aaron and Euan plotting their own path to martial arts success in 2012

Georgie Thompson Posted 24th October 2011 view comments

The Special Report tonight is called "Martial Artists".

When i think of what a 'martial artist' is i can't help but conjure up images of Daniel and Mr Miyagi waxing on and waxing off in that old Hollywood favourite, The Karate Kid.

I know I'm stereotyping but I can't help it. I have nothing else to draw on to form an idea of what martial artistry actually is.

Aiming high: Aaron Cook has his sights set on Olympic success

Aiming high: Aaron Cook has his sights set on Olympic success

That was until our cameras paid a visit to the homes and training facilities of British Taekwondo sensation Aaron Cook and world Judo star Euan Burton, both Team GB Olympic medal hopefuls for London 2012.

My goodness me it takes dedication to be anything like as good as The Karate Kid, Aaron and Euan.

I enjoy, I mean endure, a 60-minute boxing session once a week with my trainer George. If you haven't ever tried boxing, padwork or sparring, take it from me it is absolutely exhausting.

If you haven't ever tried boxing, padwork or sparring, take it from me it is absolutely exhausting. But I can't deny it's not exhilarating or just a little bit addictive. So i get it. I get why Aaron and Euan love what they do. Difference is I do it for weekly kicks, they kick for a chance at Olympic gold.

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But I can't deny it's not exhilarating or just a little bit addictive. So i get it. I get why Aaron and Euan love what they do. Difference is I do it for weekly kicks, they kick for a chance at Olympic gold.

What's fascinating about Aaron and Euan is they've both decided to go it alone in their attempts to win gold too, turning their backs on the system to follow their own paths.

In tonight's programme they tell us their stories, show us just how punishing their training schedules are and Aaron even takes out our reporter Kaveh Solehkol... and I don't mean for a beer!

These boys are doing anything but punching above their weight.

To find out more Join me on the Special Report, Mondays at 7.30pm on Sky Sports News HD channel 405. If you forget to Sky + our weekly report you can always catch it on Sky Anytime and follow me on twitter @officiallyGT.

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