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In 2016, JORDAN THOMAS became Team GB’s first karate world champion in 12 years, but with the sport being added to the Tokyo 2020 line-up, he’s setting his sights on Olympic gold
Jordan wears shorts, by Under Armour, shorts (worn underneath), by adidas, trainers, by Under Armour

Your dad was a karate champion; did he get you into the sport from a young age?

I started at the age of four, influenced by my dad of course. He had started up his club, Kaizen Central Karate Federation, and I naturally went there. He was from a golden era of British karate, so I was surrounded by all these legends of the sport. I wanted to be like them, like my dad.

You were the first British world champion in 12 years, weren’t you?

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On the cover: Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper and model Zander Hodgson Plus: meet the winners of the Attitude Pride Awards 2018, celebrate Madonna's 60th birthday with her most iconic moments, and Team GB's first karate world champion Jordan Thomas